« What ever is the travel distance, the journey starts with a first step. » – Kofi Annan, former UN SG , 17 September 1997.
2iE’s story is the story of a commitment to the youth.
Originally, a collective political commitment, from fourteen Western and Central African States, determined to equip their new government structures, arising from the Independences, with executives trained on their own continent.
In 37 years, from 1968 to 2006, the two founding schools, EIER – Rural Equipment Engineering School and ETSHER- Rural Equipment and Hydraulic Technicians School, trained more than 3,000 engineers and senior technicians in the areas of civil and hydraulic engineering.
In 2001, converted into the EIER-ETSHER group, the establishment embodies the emerging of a new Africa, « an Africa that rejects pessimism and believes in her assets at all levels, an Africa aware of its challenges and determined to face them».
These challenges are those of demography, whose figures are skyrocketing, a rapid urbanization and an unprecedented economic growth.
To meet them, EIER-ETSHER makes reforms and turns into the International Institute for Water and Environmental Engineering, 2iE: the first stone was laid in 2006 witnessed by Burkina Faso’s President, Mr. Blaise Compaoré, and Mr. Paul Ginies, 2iE’s Director General.
2iE’s founding commitment is focused on the employability of its young graduates to meet the latest needs of African economies.
This necessary evolution is a response to the change of paradigm that can be observed. Long associated with employment guaranty, the public sector is no longer capable of offering a sufficient number of job opportunities and its absorption capacities are decreasing whereas the number of young graduates is in constant rise.
As a result, higher education graduates experience serious difficulties finding a job that corresponds to their skills, whereas companies struggle finding the professional skills they need.
Facing this fact, 2iE has made a bold and intelligent move, creating partnerships with other structures: companies, universities and other prestigious institutions. By proving its adaptation capacities to the rapid changes of the African socio-economic context, 2iE has turned into a major stakeholder regarding higher education and research in Africa. Today, 2iE gathers students, teachers, researchers and entrepreneurs from four continents within a network of competence involved in the construction of a brighter future for Africa.
2iE is thus looking ahead, by building up students’ innovation capacity and entrepreneurship spirit and by undertaking research activities that integrate the present socio-economic realities. 2iE trains tomorrow’s decision-makers and contribute to the sustainable development of the continent.