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Founding BIT

Dear friends,

In the Summer of 2017 the dream of building a university in Koudougou, Burkina Faso was born. Only a year later, in October 2018 we officially opened the Burkina Institute of Technology with our pioneer class of 2021.

Why build a university in Koudougou?

As a growing city in a country with an extremely young population and limited job opportunities, Koudougou needs entrepreneurs with the skills needed in the digitalizing world.

Our vision is to educate a new generation of leaders for Burkina Faso. Leaders who will convert their technical knowledge into business opportunities. Leaders who have strong ethical values, are globally minded and are passionate to serve their society. Leaders who fight for their vision of a better Burkina Faso.

Our curriculums build on the best of many worlds. Modern, interactive teaching is coupled with world class online courses. The first curriculum is an interdisciplinary course in computer science, entrepreneurship and leadership. For our class of 2022 we will additionally offer an electrical engineering course with a focus on renewable energies.

In the name of all our current and future students we are thankful for the generous support we received. But we have only just started! We will continue to need your support in the future. Thank you!

Yours,

Susanne Pertl

Our Team

Susanne Pertl

Susanne Pertl

Founder & Executive Chairwoman

Susanne envisioned a NextGen university to educate a new generation of leaders. She undertook the almost impossible task of building a modern university from the ground up. By exciting individuals and large corporates for her idea, Susanne raised enough funding for the first phase of this project. Within only 18 months she managed both the construction of a nucleus facility with award-winning architect Francis Kéré and the full accreditation of the university.

The Burkina Institute of Technology (BIT) leaves the inefficiencies and shortcomings of the existing education system behind. BIT boasts an infrastructure unheard of in Burkina Faso, as well as incredibly small classes and English as the language of instruction. Susanne uses technology to bring state-of-the-art education to Sub Sahara Africa. A partnership with edX, a high-quality online course provider, allows BIT’s students to benefit from world-class courses.

BIT’s education combines this knowledge with a focus on application. Together with the Technical University of Munich, she developed a cutting-edge computer science program that allows students to earn a bachelor of science. Now a second bachelor in electrical engineering with a focus on solar energy is being initiated. Susanne ensured that both programs strongly emphasize entrepreneurship through dedicated lectures, group projects, and internships.

Susanne shapes a new generation of Burkina Faso as the founder and executive chairwoman of BIT.

Nathaniel Ouedraogo

Nathaniel Ouedraogo

Head of schooling

OUEDRAOGO Nathaniel is head of schooling at “Burkina Institute of Technology”. My training domain is Electrical Engineering option maintenance of Industrial equipment, I like teamwork, sport, songs, Music. At BIT we are the goal who help to train young leaders in the field of entrepreneurship. Personalities who will be recognized around the world through their work and determination, who will be the pride of their parents, their schools, their nation and will make BIT a benchmark worldwide.

Francis Kéré

Francis Kéré

Architect

Diébédo Francis Kéré was born in 1965 in Gando, Burkina Faso and studied at the Technical University of Berlin. Parallel to his studies, he established the Kéré Foundation (formerly Schulbausteine für Gando e.V.), and in 2005 he founded Kéré Architecture.

His architectural practice has been recognized nationally and internationally with awards including the Aga Khan Award for Architecture (2004) for his first building, a primary school in Gando, Burkina Faso. Kéré has undertaken projects in varied countries including Burkina Faso, Mali, Germany and Switzerland. He has held professorships at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Swiss Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio). In 2017 he accepted the professorship for “Architectural Design and Participation” at TU München (Germany).

Kéré continues to reinvest knowledge back into Burkina Faso and other sites across four different continents. He has developed innovative construction strategies that combine traditional building techniques and materials with modern engineering methods.

Kéré’s work has recently been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Architecture Museum in Munich and the Philadelphia Museum of Art (both in 2016) and his work has been selected for group exhibitions such as: Small Scale, Big Change: New Architectures of Social Engagement, at the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2010) and Sensing Spaces, at the Royal Academy, London (2014).

Eric Zidouemba

Eric Zidouemba

Marketing and Management Professor

Eric Zidouemba is Professor of marketing and management. He has taught in different business schools in Burkina Faso and Senegal. In addition to pursuing his academic interests, he is also active in management and marketing consulting as well as executive and organizational development in Burkina Faso.

Rodrigue W. Kabore

Rodrigue W. Kabore

Dean

Rodrigue W. Kabore has 10 years of experience working in Burkina Faso. He worked for a private enterprise for 2 years and spent 8 years working for the government. Recently, he has been the director of promotion of the digital economy. He has now accepted the responsibilities of his current role as Dean of BIT.  He has been teaching in higher education for over 4 years with a focus on Information and Communication Technologies. He received his master’s degree in 2013 and his doctor title in 2018. To him, innovative technologies occupy a vital place in students’ training, especially focusing on entrepreneurship.

Maxime Bako

Maxime Bako

Programming Teacher

Maxime Bako is an IT engineer and believes that programming allows us to create something out of nothing. When programming we are not limited to physical constraints; if you can imagine it, you can create it with enough thought and effort. The idea of developing software that can intervene in several areas such as education, management, health, agriculture, livestock and other is fascinating. Being able to contribute to the improvement of the important areas for Burkina Faso’s development is a great motivation. And the computer programming problems and challenges, constant learning, and satisfaction that come from programming make him love it. No matter where you are in the world and who you are, as long as you have a computer you can program and make a change.

Aissatou Ouedraogo

Aissatou Ouedraogo

Management Secretary

Aissatou Ouedraogo is a communicator, specializing in communication for development. She graduated from the University “new dawn university” of Ouagadougou. Since then she has been doing internships, first in the mobile phone company Orange Burkina, then with the team of Marie Stopes Burkina as an assistant to the Marketing and Communication Director. She has therefore acquired experience in commercial negotiation techniques, public relations, organization of communication activities and sensitization techniques. She is passionate about any development project that aims to know the needs of the population and to help them. She has spent a lot of time in rural areas where she have been in contact with the population. She is very motivated and eager to learn and make a real contribution to development in all areas.

Stern Stewart Institute

Stern Stewart Institute

BIT team

Summer School

Our target

  • Enable students to apply learned content, gain relevant practical experience & improve their skills in the area of graphic design and document layout during summer break
  • Help students to build up professional references to significantly improve chances for job applications in the future

Our accomplishments

  • Search and selection of suitable foundations that support African students
  • Support of students in the application process including formulation of essays and CVs for scholarships
  • Identification of suitable freelance jobs on online platforms based on students’ studies & experience
  • Support of students in the registration and application process of the freelancing platforms

 

Mentoring

Our target

  • Realize BIT’s mission “educating a new generation of leaders”

Our accomplishments

  • Program designed to provide students with professional advice and guidance for their future career from experienced Stern Stewart & Co. mentors
  • Current focus on supporting 10 students with their internship applications and job interviews for this summer
  • Future focus of mentoring program will be the fostering of the students’ entrepreneurial and independent minds

 

Financing and Scholarships

Our target

  • Reduce the financial burden for students by developing & implementing concepts of tuition fee waivers, scholarships and freelancing jobs

Our accomplishments

  • Search and selection of suitable foundations that support African students
  • Support of students in the application process including formulation of essays and CVs for scholarships
  • Identification of suitable freelance jobs on online platforms based on students’ studies & experience
  • Support students in the application process to freelancing platforms

 

Management and Strategy Lecture

Our target

  • Teach students how to solve real business problems with the Harvard Business School Case Study Method

Our accomplishments

  • For the Management & Strategy course at BIT, students participated in a case study weekend
  • The class was put into the role of the management of an African non-profit organization that aimed to turn into a for-profit organization to run a sustainable social enterprise and into the role of the CEO of an African tech startup that looked for a successful marketing strategy
  • Further, since the course was held by a Stern Stewart & Co. consultant, the students also had the opportunity to gain hands-on knowledge & real insights into strategy consulting as well as practical advice on personal and career development
Arnaud Valea

Arnaud Valea

Head of Department Electrical Engineering

Arnaud is a Work engineer in Maintenance of Industrial Equipment and passionated about electrical, mechanical, and hydraulic processes. Autonomous and very rigorous, I showcase my professional skills and adapt easily to project management in line with the values ​​of the institute. I have acquired three years of experience as a technical and commercial manager of the company TMh (mechanical and hydraulic technology). From there I pursued a master’s degree in physics, energy option which was a success. As a result, I have the feeling of teaching to bring more to the students, to transmit them my motivation, and work on a team with the administration. Arnaud is motivated to educating a new generation of leaders at BIT.

Rachid Nabolle

Rachid Nabolle

IT Manager

I am Rachid G. NABOLLE, Computer Science Engineer specialized in application development. I am a graduate of the CERCO Burkina Institute and worked as IT Manager at 2TGP group (TamTam Production, Radio Watfm and 3tv Television). I am very happy to join BIT and participate in their objective which is the training of tomorrow’s leaders and entrepreneurs.

Sié Kambou

Sié Kambou

Head of Computer Science Department

Sié Levi Yannick KAMBOU is a Digital Systems Design Engineer graduated. KAMBOU is a young entrepreneur in engineering field and serve as company manager. He’s someone who pledge for Young people’s leadership and personal development. KAMBOU joined BIT as Head of Computer Science Department and is motivated to give the best of him to help BIT to reach his goal.

Dr. Svenja Jarchow

Dr. Svenja Jarchow

Curriculum Management

Anna Pertl

Anna Pertl

Communication

Désiré Yameogo

Désiré Yameogo

Government Relations

Stefanie Schrader

Stefanie Schrader

Social Media

Rainer Tietze

Rainer Tietze

IT Implementation

Isidore Kouraogo

Isidore Kouraogo

Mentor Project UnternehmerTUM

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