This section allows you to read the last articles published about 2iE in the press, the radio or television. They talk about us: Rfi, Le Monde, We Demain, African Report, Huffington Post, France Info, Jeune Afrique etc.

Le Monde

A soap against malaria.

Never before, African students had registered their names in the history of the Global Social Venture Competition. But this year, Moctar Dembélé, Burkinabe, and his Burundi classmate, Gérard Niyondiko, 2iE's students, won in April at Berkeley (California) the first Award of 25 000 dollars (19 000 euros).

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Paul Giniès, 2iE Director General: "We must follow the rythm of the African economy"

Paul Giniès, 2iE Director General: "We must follow the rythm of the African economy" - - the SMEs/SMIs portal in Burkina Faso. The International Institute for Water and Envionmental Engineering (2iE), located in the Burkinabe capital city, appeals broadly to an international public.

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2IE: the school which bets on the revival of Africa

In Ouagadougou, this International School trains the African elite of tomorrow to face the challenges of the continent. It launched a contest that will award and support the most innovative social or environmental projects.

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Op-ed ” African Enlightenment, Will the world tremble?

Visionary, Napoleon Bonaparte was right when he prophesized, "When China awakes, the whole world will tremble". But what about “Africa, in the move”  or “Africa innovates”, to recap some recent headlines of  the international media?  

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African Report - 30 daring ideas shaking up Africa

Health: Low-Tech cures

Research can take years to produce results, but cheap and simple methods are helping to save lives: Faso Soap.

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CNN – Inside Africa 

Students invent an award-winning soap to tackle malaria.

An award-winning innovation by two students in Burkina Faso could help reduce the devastating impact of the life-threatening disease, which is caused by parasites that are spread to humans through the bites of infected mosquitoes.

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African Business Journal - Special Edition July 2013

Where to study in Africa?

Interview of Paul Ginies Director General of 2iE; to learn more about the vision, strategy and training programs offered by the Institute.

Read more in French on African Business Journal Hors serie Juillet 2013


Presentation of the Entreprise Days of the Engineering School 2iE in Ouagadougou

Interview of Francis Sempore, Director of 2iE's Technopole, Jean Calvin, 2iE's Incubated Engineer and Flavien Kabore, President of 2iE's Junior Entreprise. They present 2iE,its training programs and degrees and 2iE's Technopole.

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Social Net Link

Competition for Green Growth: participate to the Green Start Up Challenge

The International Institute for Water and Environmental Engineering launches a competition for green growth, innovation and social entrepreneurship in Africa.

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ONG OSE - Niger

The  Women’s Excellence Program to enter Engineer Programs (CPGE) of the Institute 2iE Ouagadougou (female applications are encouraged).

The Prep classes to the Grandes Ecoles (CPGE) offered by the International Institute for Water and Environmental Engineering (2iE) offers a two-year preparatory training program. 

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Foundation 2iE: Gabon sponsors the 2013 promotion

Sponsored by Jean-Baptiste Bikalou, President of the Chamber of Commerce and CEO of the Petro Gabon Group, the 2013 promotion of the Intitue for Warer and Environmental Engineering (2iE), which counts 450 students of whom 6 are from Gabon, has recently received  their diplomas at the Sport Palace of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

A new wave of educational efforts across Africa exploring the use of ICTs

A delegation of French businesses, together with some of their African partners, visited the World Bank last month to share lessons emerging from their recent efforts to utilize "digital technology to provide quality education for all", and to outline some of their related upcoming initiatives and activities. The focus of much of the small workshop, which included World Bank staff working in the education sector and the ICT sector (and a few of us whose work straddles both areas), was on the activities of 2iE, an international, nonprofit higher education and training institute.

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Scientific Days of the 2iE Foundation: “To give a taste of entrepreneurship and research to the African youth”

Sunday 7 April 2013-04-12

The 7th edition of 2iE’s Science Days was held from the 1st until the 5th of April, at the University of Ouagadougou. During four days, over 300 international teacher-researchers, doctorate candidates and students met at conferences focused on the theme “conservation of natural resources”.

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“Tuition Fees and Student Loans”


Paul Ginies, 2iE’s Director-General, speaks on solutions to student funding by bank loans:

Whilst it is now ordinary to get a loan in the USA or in England, student loans in France are still at their beginnings: only 8% of students get a loan. How can student loans be facilitated? What are the traps to avoid? What is the situation in the world and specifically in Africa?

A radio programme to listen to, and to replay, for those still doubting that education is the best investment.

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Thanks to MOOC you may study at Harvard from your living room. And elsewhere…

Distance learning is spreading rapidly across the world, here are two examples:

The Hasso Plattner Institute, the only truly private university in Germany, offers its first MOOC since September in ‘memory data management’. The course is free, in English, and certificates from the university will be awarded to the laureates. The second course offered by this university, located near Berlin, will be in German.

The International Institute for Water and Environmental Engineering (2iE), in Burkina Faso, trains engineers from over 30 countries in green energy sectors. 95% of its graduates are employed within 6 months of graduation. It offers 24 distance-learning programs, of which 21 in engineering (professional bachelors and masters) and 3 in management. It is possible to undertake a full program for €2000 or a single module for €45. About 80% of its graduates are active professionals.

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2iE (International Institute for Water and Environmental Engineering) is the only school of the continent to be certified by the CTI (Engineers Titles Commission in French). Based in Burkina Faso, it trains engineers from over 30 countries in green energy sectors, water sanitation and development. Paul Ginies, 2iE’s Director-General for the past 8 years, talks about it…

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Paul Ginies – Director-General of the International Institute for Water and Environmental Engineering (2iE) in Ouagadougou – speaks on the institute’s specificities.

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A regional engineering school in Kumba with the 2iE Institute

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2iE: a fantastic tool for integration according to Djibril BASSOLE

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Interview with Paul Ginies, Director General of the International Institute for Water and Environmental Engineering (2iE) in Ouagadougou

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We Demain

“Winning African Prisoners”

Thanks to the International Institute for Water and Environmental Engineering (2iE), Ouagadougou has become a center of excellence of the continent. Its 2000 students, future engineers and researchers, from over 30 countries receive an education oriented towards innovation and Green Economy.

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Grand Angle

Africa at the center of a shifting world – by Paul Ginies, Director-General of 2iE (International Institute for Water and Environmental Engineering) - Ouagadougou”

Paul Ginies is Director-General of 2iE since 2005. He is a qualified rural, water and forests engineer and a Science-Po Paris graduate. Prior to 2iE, he has held various positions within the French Ministry of Agriculture, the permanent inter-state committee against desertification in Sahel, the Mauritanian minister of sustainable development and environment, as well as at the European Commission in Malawi and Brussels. He is also president and co-founder of the African Institute, a public and private partnership for the promotion of quality education in Africa.

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France Info

“2iE: school of excellence for engineering in Africa”

Train African engineers in Africa, and guaranty the same level as training in Europe. That’s the ambition of 2iE Ouagadougou (International Institute for Water and Environmental Engineering). Our guest is the French 2iE’s Director-General, Paul Ginies…

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“Chinese Civilization: the Chinese calendar explained to 2iE students by the Taiwan Ambassador”

This conference is “a good occasion to celebrate the Chinese’s New Year our own way, and most of all to stay with the young Burkinabe. Back home, we give a great deal of importance to tradition albeit the country’s industrialization. It is part of our culture, it is our root and it is with great pleasure that I share with the 2iE students”, declares Ambassador Ming-Zhong ZANG at the end of the discussion that lasted over two hours.

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“The most popular schools in Africa”

For engineers and technicians in civil engineering, SOGEA SATOM recruits students from the Hassania School in Morocco, 2iE in Burkina Faso, Polytechnic School of Thies in Senegal, and the Yaoundé School in Cameroun.

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“Higher Education: The pan African institute 2iE opens an office in Abidjan”

“It is this skill that Professor Adohi Krou Viviane welcomes – Director-General of Higher Education – who sees in 2iE an African integration modal. She noted that the school’s excellent results have gone passed African borders and made the institute one of the best in the world.

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2iE - Africa's most innovative university ?

Africa’s population will double over the next 30 years. They are facing some of the world’s most complex social challenges. The  International Institute for Water and Environmental Engineering in Burkina Faso (2iE), is a higher educational institute that  focuses on creating graduates who can invent new things, who can build a new kind of society. It is excellent at skills matching - it teaches skills of critical importance to the continent. One third of people living in sub-Saharan Africa do not have access to clean water, while two thirds do not have access to proper sanitation. And this is evidenced by its 100% employment rate 1 year after graduating.

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2iE élu “Best Practice of the Month” selon Le World Innovation Summit for Education

2iE, International Institute for Engineering, one of the case studies featured in the latest WISE Book Learning a Living, is a unique higher education and training institute in Burkina Faso, West Africa. Students and researchers from all over the world come here to learn and develop innovative solutions for some of Africa’s major challenges linked to water, energy, construction, mining and the environment. The institute offers internationally accredited courses at Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral level. There are 1,860 students on campus, from over 35 countries, and another 1,000 learners are enrolled in online courses. 2iE’s 55% completion rate for online students makes it one of Africa’s most successful programs.

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“Expert advice: interview of Paul Ginies – Director-General of the 2iE Foundation – Burkina Faso”

We train 4 engineers in Africa for the price of one in Europe. Now, donors must adapt their scholarship schemes.

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Burkina 24

“ 2iE Foundation: The World Bank funds the construction of 720 student rooms”

The International Institute for Water and Environmental Engineering (2iE) has received a 10 millions US dollars funding – 5 trillions XOF – from the World Bank, with the signing of an agreement this Wednesday 19th of December 2012 by the institution’s representative Mercy Tembon and the Minister of Economy and Finances Lucien Benbamba.

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Burkina 24

“Professional training and research: the World Bank supports 2iE in Burkina”

The World Bank council has approved a 10 million dollars subsidy to improve the existing training infrastructures and to increase the institute’s offer in trainings and research in Burkina Faso.

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“2iE Foundation: 371 skills on the employment market (July 2012)”

371 students of the 2012 class of 2iE have received their diplomas on Saturday July the 7th 2012 at the Ouaga 2000 Sports Hall. The ceremony was co-chaired by the Minster of Economy and Finances of Burkina Faso and the Minister of Agriculture and Sustainable Development of Cameroun. Friends, families and acquaintances of the graduates arrived early to witness this solemn moments, very emotional for the laureates.

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Jeune Afrique

“2iE opens up to the international”

The International Institute for Water and Environmental Engineering (2iE) in Ouagadougou – Burkina Faso – opens up to the international. It is about to sign at the end of March a partnership with the School of Commerce in Paris (HEC). According to 2iE – one of the few schools in Africa which degrees are certified by the Engineers Title Commission (CTI) in Europe – the objective of this agreement is to provide students with managerial knowledge thanks to classes taught by HEC lecturers in Ouagadougou.

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