The 20-member group from Niger is “hoping to build bridges between Louisville and Niger,” according to professor Ambouta Karimou Jean-Marie from the University of Tahoua in Niger.

Jean-Marie said the four national universities in Niger want to exchange students and faculty with UofL. Following a military coup in 2010, Niger formed a democratic government.  It is one of poorest countries in the world with the Sahara desert covering 80 percent of its land area.

While at UofL, the group met with faculty and staff at the School of Nursing and School of Medicine and heard a presentation on entrepreneurship from faculty at the College of Business.

Mark Hebert
Following a 28-year career as a radio and television reporter, Mark Hebert joined the University of Louisville as the Director of Media Relations in 2009, serving as the main spokesperson. In 2015, Mark was named Director of Programming and Production. He’s now producing and hosting a radio show about “all things UofL”, overseeing the university’s video and TV productions and promoting UofL’s research operation. Mark is best known for his 22 years as the political and investigative reporter for WHAS-TV in Louisville where he won numerous awards for breaking stories, exposing corruption and objectively covering Kentucky politics. In 2014, Mark was inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame.