Created in 1961, the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Statistique et d’Economie Appliquée d’Abidjan (ENSEA) is a National Public Institution whose vocation is to ensure the training of statisticians for French-speaking African countries. In June 1969, because of its increasingly international character, a law established the school as a public institution of higher education with civil status and financial autonomy. To date, it has trained approximately 4,000 statisticians from more than twenty (20) African countries and Haiti.
It is part of the Network of African Statistical Training Schools (ESA), with ISSEA in Yaoundé and ENSAE in Dakar.ENSEA has been labeled “African Center of Excellence” (ACE) by the World Bank since 2015 and “Regional Center of Excellence” by WAEMU since 2005. ENSEA is also a member of the AUF (Association of French-speaking Universities) since 2010.