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Congolese officials visit Logan, sign cooperation agreement with USU

October 8th, 2012 Posted in Opinion

LOGAN—Officials from the Democratic Republic of Congo came to Utah State University last week to sign a memo of understanding with the university for future cooperation in development of a new science and technology university in the west African nation.

Congolese Minister of Media Lambert Mende Omalanga, center, consultant Pungu Okito, left, and Aena Louise Konde, right, who represents the Congo at the United Nations, met with journalism students to discuss the role of the mass media in national development. Ted Pease photo.

The Congolese delegation, led by Minister of Media Lambert Mende Omalanga and Emile Kasende Okoma, the provost of the new Université des Sciences et des Technologiques de Lodja, signed the cooperation agreement with USU President Stan Albrecht, and toured agriculture labs at USU.

The new university at Lodja, in the center of the Congo, will focus on agriculture and technologies to help build the Congolese economy, Omalanga told journalism students in an interview with Aggie TV News. Omalanga also said he is interested in developing relationships with Utah State that will create faculty and student exchanges in the sciences as well as in the mass media.

“Because of my position as minister of media, of course I am very interested in developing new radio and television and newspapers in my country,” he said.

Mary Hubbard, USU’s vice provost for international education, hosted the Congolese visitors. She and USU faculty traveled to the Congo last summer to begin the talks that led to the new partnership over the new Congolese university.

Members of the Aggie TV News team interview officials from the Congo during their recent visit to Utah State. Ted Pease photo

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