Founding Institutions Drexel and UNGE administrators meet on the UNGE campus in February, 2020. Drexel University Founded in 1891, Drexel University is ranked among the top 100 universities in the United States and has a rich history of advancing global education. Through leadership and strategic coordination, the University has established an eco-system of global stakeholders that advances knowledge creation and problem solving. For more information on international partnerships, visit the Office of Global Engagement (OGE). Drexel’s over 24,000 students engage in coursework at three Philadelphia campuses and other sites worldwide. Drexel is home to the oldest natural science museum in the nation, The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, where students can interact with a collection of over 18 million historical specimens. Drexel is well known for its cooperative program, one of the oldest and most reputable in the United States, that facilitates full-time professional employment opportunities for students to gain hands-on expertise in their areas of study. When the Bioko Biodiversity Protection Program (BBPP) and Drexel teamed up in 2007, the program expanded to provide cross-cultural exchange opportunities for U.S. and Equatoguinean students, as well as professional training for local communities in Central Africa. National University of Equatorial Guinea (UNGE) UNGE (Universidad Nacional de Guinea Ecuatorial) is Equatorial Guinea's premier institution for higher education. Since its opening in 1995, the university has experienced tremendous growth, with a new state-of-the-art campus located on the outskirts of Malabo. UNGE’s College of Environmental Science is BBPP’s academic home in Equatorial Guinea. Under the long-term leadership of Jose Manuel Esara Echube, this program has emerged as one of UNGE's most successful and productive academic units.