Center for Tropical Research and International Research and Training Center in Yaoundé, Cameroon


An International Research and Training Center (IRTC) for scholars doing research in Africa has been established in Yaoundé, Cameroon. Sleeping accommodations, workspace, and logistical support are available at the facility which is operated by the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).


The International Research and Training Center (IRTC) is for scholars doing research in Africa and has been established in Yaound, Cameroon. Sleeping accommodations, workspace, and logistical support are available at the facility which is operated by the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

UCLA is creating the first permanent international research and training center(IRTC) in the Congo Basin, offering a coordinated response to five pressing, interconnected problems:

  • lack of research and training opportunities for the next generation of African scientists
  • threats of climate change
  • accelerating environmental devastation
  •  burden of human disease and poverty
  • gross inefficiency and lack of coordination of current research programs

The IRTC will be a “game-changer” for human health, the environment, higher education, and development in Central Africa.

By leveraging the resources of the largest university system in the world, the University of California, the IRTC will introduce to the region a critical mass of scientists and policy experts with significant expertise and experience. The IRTC will capitalize on decades of extensive research and training in collaboration with UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, Global Bio Lab, Center for Tropical Research, School of Public Health, David Geffen School of Medicine, School of Dentistry, James S. Coleman African Studies Center, and many other departments.

No other university system or non-governmental organization has such a well-established track record in Central Africa or such a great capacity for long-term collaborative research and training in health, environmental, and social sciences.

The University of California has created an IRTC to address pressing issues of higher education, human health, environment, and development in Central Africa - a beachhead for research and training in the heart of the imperiled Congo Basin rainforest. Please visit their Facebook page.


Published: Monday, April 14, 2014