Fonsti-Douvag Prize: 23 female students in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) distinguished

The 4th edition of the award ceremony for the best female STEM students of the public universities of Côte d’Ivoire took place on Thursday, May 12, 2022 in AZALAI / Abidjan in the presence of the Ambassador of Switzerland in Côte d’Ivoire, Mrs Anne LUGON-MOULIN and Professor OUATTARA Djakalia, Deputy Chief of Staff to the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Professor Adama DIAWARA.

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“The main objective of the FONSTI-DOUVAG prizes, through the celebration of the best female students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics from public universities in Côte d’Ivoire, is to encourage young girls to move towards Experimental Sciences said Doctor YAYA Sangaré, Secretary General of the Fund for Science, Technology and Innovation (FONSTI).

In addition to the prizes, according to the secretary general of FONSTI, “the award-winning students will be trained in writing research projects”.

“We will help them to tender for projects of more than 15 million CFA francs, within the framework of the Strategic Support Project for Scientific Research (PASRES). Also, within the framework of FONSTI, a fund will be set up for women researchers and girls,” he announced.

For the Secretary General of FONSTI, research funding bodies have a specific and critical role to play in taking gender issues into account, given their preeminent role in the allocation of financial resources for Science, Technology and Innovation in a country. “We are committed, as a research funding body, to work for the valorization of women through their knowledge and their know-how,” he added.

Professor OUATTARA Djakalia, on behalf of the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, expressed his joy at presiding over this distinction session which, little by little, is rising to the rank of the major ceremonies of the said ministerial department. .

“The implementation of the vision for higher education inevitably passes through the recognition of merit,” he added. For him, it is necessary to build an efficient, competitive higher education, geared towards the employability of graduates and scientific research of excellence in the service of the development of our country by promoting valuable skills.

The godmother of the ceremony, prof. Mireille Dosso, Microbiologist and Virologist, Director of the Pasteur Institute in Côte d’Ivoire, advised the laureates to be persuasive, more effort, more tenacity.

During the panel, which had the theme: “Science and innovation for women in a man’s world”, Ms. Bouedy Julie René, Food Engineer and Prof. Yoboué Véronique, teacher-researcher and vice-president of the Félix Houphouët-Boigny University, both gave advice to the laureates by inviting them to concentration and passion in the professions they will start, not forgetting to recommend to them the communication and respect for others.

Miss Opokou Adjobi, spokesperson for the winners, was delighted with the recognition of their efforts. The laureates have promised to put into practice the advice given to them.

This initiative of the Fund for Science, Technology and Innovation (FONSTI) and Strategic Support Program for Scientific Research (PASRES) in collaboration with DOUVAG, has been rewarding since 2018, the excellence and self-sacrifice of young female students. scientists.

At this 2022 edition, a total of 23 laureates each received the sum of one million CFA francs and a computer.

Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research – CI