In which language(s) will courses be taught?
The Republic of Benin is a French speaking country. However, AIU will offer its courses in both French and English, expecting fluency in English from each student graduating with a bachelor’s degree. AIU believes that a command of English is essential for success in today’s global economy. Many prominent business figures believe that knowledge of the English language can unlock many doors and extend job possibilities. Therefore, AIU will make available to each of its student all necessary learning tools required to learn and master the English language within a short period of time. An English as a Second Language (ESL) Program will be established and will be designed to give our students the essential language and academic skills required to succeed as university degree candidates.
Why build AIU in the Republic of Benin?
The Republic of Benin has been a democracy success story through the continent of Africa in general and West Africa in particular. The US State Department reported that Benin was the first African country to effect successfully the transition from dictatorship to a pluralistic political system. Benin has undergone a remarkable economic recovery since the transition to a democratic government in 1990. Benin’s democratic standing, stability, and positive role in international peacekeeping have helped the country’s international stature continue to grow.
The United States and Benin have had an excellent history of good relations in the years since Benin embraced democracy. The U.S. Government continues to assist Benin with the improvement of living standards that are critical to the ultimate success of Benin's adoption of democratic government and economic liberalization,