Gabon is a West African nation known for its dense rainforests. The rainforests in Gabon cover as much as 80% of its territory with almost 11% of this existing within national game reserves. In efforts to preserve its rainforests, Gabon formed partnerships with institutions such as the University of Oregon. Through such partnerships, Gabonese students are expected to be consolidated in universities in Oregon. The program will also create opportunities for students from the five partnering institution in Oregon to participate in study abroad, internship, and research programs in Gabon.
In addition to the benefits for student’s it has been suggested that the program should open up additional long term research projects aimed at forest conservation and the rainforest ecosystem These are suitable considerations for advanced courses such as PhD or Masters within Gabon. Organizations such as WCS that are active in Gabon are involved in a wide range of wildlife conservation activities and can provide much needed support for research in completion of academic requirements.
The largest public university in Gabon is the Universite Omar bongo founded in 1970. The institution is has programs that run in partnership with the Cesar Ritz tourism school in Switzerland. Students taking courses at this or other partnering institutions can consider taking a semester in Gabon. In addition this institution, other good schools include Institut Superieur De Technologie and Institut Universitaire Des Sciences De L’Organization. All these institutions are located in Libreville and ensure your study in Gabon will be comfortable. In addition to these institutions and programs, additional information can be found from institutional websites and study abroad agencies.