The interregional University of industrial engineering, biotechnologies and applied sciences – or IRGIB-Africa University for short – is the model of a modern university that aims to combine theory and practice in the industrial world of engineering. The university is bilingual and connects the English speaking and the French speaking areas.
In 2016, IRGIB Africa University had around 1,300 students with 16 different nationalities, 63% of whom were female. In addition to Bachelor's and Master's degrees, since 2015 it has also been possible to obtain a PhD there.
The main objective of the university is to train highly qualified workers in advanced science in sub-Saharan Africa. Due to the University's special technical equipment, it is not only used independently, but also by other regional education institutions for research purposes. The Motto of the IRGIB-Africa shows the aspiration, to fight through education against the underdevelopment of Africa.
The university was instrumental in equipping the African population with hand disinfectants during the COVID-19 pandemic.
IRGIB Africa University, whose headquarters are in the Republic of Benin, is using cooperation with ACCESS to tackle youth unemployment. The employability of the more than 100,000 annual graduates should be increased, as well as their entrepreneurial skills, so that they can contribute their part to the economic development of the country.
The university hopes to contribute to the development of new teaching methods that enable and promote innovation and entrepreneurship in order to boost Benin's economy.