The University of Bordeaux and the Gamal Abdel Nasser University of Conakry have signed an agreement to develop a teaching, training and research partnership

A framework agreement for international cooperation was signed by the President of the University of Bordeaux and the Rector of the Gamal Abdel Nasser University of Conakry (UGANC) of Guinea in March 2023. This framework agreement will allow the reinforcement of exchanges between the Bordeaux School of Public Health (ISPED) and UGANC, in terms of teaching, training and research.

The collaboration between the University of Bordeaux and the Gamal Abdel Nasser University of Conakry was born from the PREVAC-UP clinical research project, which is structured around the PREVAC (Partnership for Research on Ebola Vaccinations) consortium.

Its main objective is to evaluate the long-term safety and durability of the immune responses to three different Ebola vaccine strategies, tested by the consortium for 5 years in four African countries: Guinea, Liberia, Mali and Sierra Leone.

The project, led by Dr. Edouard Lhomme (ISPED, University of Bordeaux) and Prof. Abdoulaye Touré (CERFIG Director, Guinea), includes several actions aimed at strengthening the clinical research capacities of the countries in the consortium, in particular by:

developing the hosting and training capacities in research and biological, clinical and population health practices of the African institutions involved,

improving networks and exchange programmes in the African sub-region (South-South) and between African and European institutions (South-North).

The framework agreement signed between the University of Bordeaux and UGANC is a first step towards developing partnerships in teaching, research and professional training between the two universities.

ISPED, UGANC and CERFIG wish to:

develop the support of the Master of Public Health already existing at UGANC, create an inter-university diploma (DIU) in clinical research adapted to the African context. The creation of this joint degree between ISPED and UGANC is currently under discussion and could come into being in 2024. The objective of this diploma is to train students in the basics of clinical research reasoning and in the key stages of building and carrying out a clinical research project, based on concrete examples of research carried out in Africa, while at the same time raising awareness of specific ethical, regulatory and anthropological principles.

The University of Bordeaux (French: Université de Bordeaux) is a public university based in Nouvelle-Aquitaine in southwestern France.

It has several campuses in the cities and towns of Bordeaux, Dax, Gradignan, Périgueux, Pessac, and Talence. There are also several smaller teaching sites in various other towns in the region, including in Bayonne.

The University of Bordeaux counts more than 50,000 students, over 6,000 of which are international.

It is a member of the ComUE d’Aquitaine university group.

Gamal Abdel Nasser University of Conakry (in French L’Université Gamal Abdel Nasser de Conakry, UGANC), is the largest university in Guinea and located in Dixinn Commune, Conakry, Guinea. The name is generally shortened to the University of Conakry.

The university came into being in 1962 as the Institut Polytechnique de Conakry, the first institution of higher education in Guinea, with the assistance of the Soviet Union. It was established during a period of progressive economic development in the country after independence.

In 1970, the school’s name was changed to the Institut Polytechnique Gamal Abdel Nasser de Conakry (IPGAN), after the popular Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser. In 1989, it was renamed again, this time to the Université Gamal Abdel Nasser de Conakry.

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