Congo Basin Institute (CBI) Receives Grant to build a CBI Distant Learning Center on the campus of IITA in Yaoundé

The UCLA Congo Basin Institute (CBI) recently received a grant from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to support the building of a Distance Learning and Training Center on the campus of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture in Yaoundé, Cameroon. The Distance Learning and Training Center (DLTC), designed as a green facility by Gensler, will be a state of the art physical home for CBI and includes an energy-efficient conference center and guest house built using locally sourced materials. The DLTC will expand the educational and research offerings available to African and American scholars and government officials and will provide a forum to foster collaboration between educators, researchers, and students. African and American students will learn side by side and use state of the art geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing technology to directly address the critical needs of the Congo Basin, including food and water security, climate change and threats to biodiversity and human health. By incorporating virtual/distance learning and hands-on/experiential platforms, these facilities will provide technological and educational capacity that is lacking locally and regionally. CBI is a partnership between UCLA and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture focused on improving scientific training in Central Africa. USAID is one of the world's largest international development agencies.

For more information on the plans, please check out Gensler's webpage.