University of Ouagadougou

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University of Ouagadougou, 2010

Founded in 1974, the University of Ouagadougou (UO; French: Université de Ouagadougou) is located in the area of Dagnöen Nord (pronounced dag-no-hen noor) in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. In 1995 a second campus for professional education known as the University Polytechnique of Bobo (UPB) was opened in the city of Bobo Dioulasso and a third campus for teacher training and for teacher trainers in Koudougou. In 1996 and in 2005, it became the University of Koudougou. The UO consists of seven Training and Research Units (UFR) and one institute.[1]

The university had around 40,000 students in 2010 (83% of the national population of university students).[2]


Master students at the university, 2010
University of Ouagadougou, 1979

Academic departments and program[edit]

The University of Ouagadougou (2005A) consists of seven Training and Research Units (UFR), and one institute: UFR Languages, Arts and Communications; UFR Human sciences; UFR Legal and Politic Sciences; UFR Economic Sciences and Management; UFR Applied Sciences; UFR Health Sciences; UFR Life and Hearth Sciences and Burkinabé Institute of Arts and Crafts. It combines the advantages of faculty (fundamental teaching) and those of an institute (professionalization).[3]

The education system used is the modular educational system based on academic credits, which combines fundamental training and professional training.

UFR Languages, Arts and Communications[edit]

For the UFR Languages, Arts and Communications (UFR/LAC) there are two courses: courses in Arts and Communications and courses in letters, languages and linguistics. The unit was created in 2000 and trains students in languages, letters, arts, culture, communication and journalism. The UFR has 2440 students and, for admission, students should have the level of secondary education. For those who do not have that level, an exam is taken.

Students of the faculty take the DEUG (university diploma) after the first cycle, the bachelor’s degree and master in communication and journalism and in interpreting after the 2nd cycle. The last one is the postgraduate diploma and the PhD in linguistics and modern letters taken after the third cycle.[4]

UFR Human Sciences[edit]

The UFR Human Sciences (UFR/SH) is made up of two branches: History-Geography and Archaeology. It includes four departments and two projects. It has 82 teachers for 4004 students and five student laboratories. The degrees that students take during their studies or at the end are: the DEUG, the bachelor’s degree, the master and the PhD according to their major.

UFR Legal and Politic Sciences[edit]

The UFR Legal and Politic Sciences (UFR/SJP) was created in 1975 with two sections: one in Law and Political Science, and the other in Criminology. The UFR trains jurists for the private and public sectors, to promote research in the legal domain, to publish work and researchers publication. For the 2004-2005 academic year there are 25 teachers for 3189 students. The UFR/SJP awards the following degrees: DEUG I, DEUG II, (university diploma) Bachelor’s degree, Master, DESS (postgraduate diploma) and soon DEA and PhD.[5]

UFR Applied Sciences[edit]

The UFR Applied Sciences (UFR/SEA) was created in 2000. It has three departments - Mathematics and Computer, Physics and Chemistry) and 12 laboratories which are available for the students. Like the other UFR, the UFR/SEA awards the same degrees according to the students major.[6]

UFR Health Sciences[edit]

The UFR Health Sciences (UFR/SDS) was created in 1980 and the UFR Life and Heart Sciences (UFR/SVT). The first one has three branches: courses in medicine with five departments; courses in pharmacy with three departments and health of superior technicians. The faculty prepares doctors, pharmacists, dental surgeons and qualified technicians for hospitals and clinics. The UFR/SDS has 11 laboratories. Diplomas delivered are: the degree of doctor State in Medicine, the degree of doctor State in Pharmacy, the professionalized licence in biomedical analyses, the certificate of special studies in general surgery, obstetric- gynecology, paediatrics and psychiatry. Concerning the UFR Life and Hearth Sciences (UFR/SVT), it is composed of two sections: the courses life sciences and the courses earth sciences. The same degrees are delivered as the other faculties. The UFR Health Sciences has 21 laboratories.[7]

UFR Life and Earth Sciences[edit]

The UFR Life and Earth Sciences (UFR/SVT)is composed of four departments: Biology and Animal Physiology, Biology and Plant Physiology, Biochemistry and Microbiology, and Geology. It houses the largest plant collection for Burkina Faso, the Herbarium of the University of Ouagadougou.

The Burkinabé Institute of Arts and Crafts[edit]

The institute has the following branches: Secretariat of direction, bilingual secretariat of direction, finance- accounting/ commercial management, bank- insurance, control sciences and data-processing technology methods applied to management. Telecommunication, architecture and town planning and civil engineering are other segments that will be opened soon.[8]

The institute gives students two years of theoretical and practical teaching. At the end of two years students get the DUT degree.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Université De Ouagadougou (2004-2005). Les UFR et les Institutions. Université De Ouaga Retrieved on March 26, 2006
  3. ^ Université de Ouagadougou (2004-2005). Retrieved on March 26, 2006
  4. ^ Université de Ouagadougou (2004-2005). Formations Université de Ouaga Retrieved on March 26, 2006.
  5. ^ Université de Ouagadougou (2004-2005). Formations Université de Ouaga, Retrieved on March 26, 2006
  6. ^ Université de Ouagadougou (2004-2005). Formations Université de Ouaga Retrieved on March 26, 2006
  7. ^ Université de Ouagadougou (2004-2005). Formations Université de Ouaga Retrieved on March 26, 2006
  8. ^ Instituts Burkinabé des Arts et Métiers. (2005) IBAM. Retrieved on March 26, 2006

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Coordinates: 12°22′38″N 1°30′03″W / 12.37722°N 1.50083°W / 12.37722; -1.50083