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The Republic of Congo is a Central African country of about 4.7 million consisting of a slice of land off the Atlantic ocean following the north side of the Congo River. Formerly part of the colony of French Equatorial Africa, the country gained its independence from France in 1960.
Today, the country is highly urbanized, with about 70% of its population living in towns and cities. The bulk of the country is covered in uninhabited jungle, so population is congregated around a few centralized areas and small cities. Brazzaville, with an estimated population of 1.83 million, is the largest of the Republic of Congo’s cities, and home to about a third of the country’s population.
Brazzaville lies directly across the Congo River from Kinshasa, the capital of Democratic Republic of Congo, a city of about 10 Million people. Despite the concurrence of the two large cities, the only way to travel from one to the other is by ferry or plane, so real connections between the two cities are minimal.
Economically, Brazzaville is home to industrialization in the form of machine shops, textile mills, leather tanning, and manufacturing. It is also an important river port, taking goods and raw materials (such as petroleum) from inland Africa, and often sending goods forward to Pointe Noire for export. With the recent creation of data centers by enterprising businesses, Brazzaville is poised to develop as a white-collar center of 21st jobs in IT and engineering, and is already home to 40% of the non-agricultural jobs in the country.
Despite the economic development, The Republic of Congo has only one publicly funded university—Marien Ngouabi University—though there are recently announced plans to build a second. Despite this, there simply isn’t nearly enough space for all the prospective students in the country, leaving the lack of seats to be made up by private institutions. © 2016 R. Aulena/ Jaiez Mora
L’Université Libre du Congo (ULC), or in English, the Free University of Congo, is a leading private institution of higher education located in Brazzaville. Focusing on the country’s biggest needs, the University focuses on studies in law, food technology, management and international trade, IT, and nursing. Founded in 1995, the ULC has played an important part in the education of its country’s young people over the past two-plus decades.
As agriculture is still at the subsistence-level in much of the Republic of Congo, development is essential in this area. ULC has mad degrees available in Agro-food Technology and Agricultural Sciences at multiple levels, preparing students with the knowledge, techniques, and resources to revolutionize the agricultural sector in the country. With proper development, the Republic of the Congo has the ability to become self-sufficient in food production while also increasing the economic importance of renewable cash-crops such as coffee, cacao, tobacco, and sugarcane.
ULC has forged partnerships with French public universities in order to offer its students the opportunity to study in an approved curriculum, and in some cases, earn degrees from partner universities. Through ULC’s partnership with France’s INTEC-CNAM, students at ULC can study accounting and business management in Brazzaville, eventually earning a degree from CNAM (Conservatoire national des arts et métiers). ULC has also adopted curriculum from UPEC (University of Paries Est Créteil) from their school of IT and applied management, giving Congolese students the incredible opportunity to study such an important and cutting-edge field of study with the excellence of a top European university.
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