The Catholic Church is reputed, or better still, exemplary in most of what she does. From the health domain, through her assistance to people in need and the destitute, to providing primary and secondary education and vocational training, she has set enviable records. Following government’s recent laudable initiative to authorise the Church to step into the higher education domain, a recent State preserve, she has once again been given an opportunity to prove her worth. Will she make or mar?
If you were asked how many Catholic universities are there in Cameroon, would you, without holding back to count, give a spontaneous answer? Normal reaction considering Catholic Higher education is mushrooming with the birth of Catholic universities in different parts of Cameroon. From the lone Catholic University of Central Africa a few years back, Buea Diocese, Bertoua, Douala and Bamenda Archdioceses now have their universities. It is no longer news to hear a Catholic university has been created, but more attention is now instead being shifted to see what difference these universities are going to make. One was not enough, but five are equally not too many. Which university is doing what, and how have things taken off in some of these budding institutions? Just read on to find out.
Pioneer CATUC students, lecturers, administrative and Ecclesial authorities Friday October 15, 2010 has gone down in history as the birth day of the first full Anglo Saxon Catholic University in Cameroon.
UIDB Students pledge to abide by the institution’s rules
“Having read and understood the mission, goals, rules, and regulation of the University Institute of the Diocese of Buea, I do solemnly promise to do my best to respect the moral and spiritual character of the institution and to uphold the academic values and standards of the institution, God being my helper”.
The initiative to create a higher institution of learning came from the Bishops of Bertoua Ecclesiastical Province, that is, from the Archbishop of Bertoua, and the Bishops of Batouri, Doume and Yokadouma.
Monday, October 18, 2010, was a history making date in Douala Archdiocese as after years of planning and anxiety, the much-awaited St. Jerome Catholic University finally threw open its doors. Its pioneer authorities have already set up the university’s signpost- excellence not only in the domain of knowledge and know-how, but also in the areas of ethics and Christian values.
On Monday, October 18, Douala St. Jerome Catholic University officially opened its doors for the 2010/2011 Academic Year. Lectures have started while efforts to complete the university’s permanent campus continue. L’Effort Camerounais caught up with the pioneer Rector, Mgr. Paul Nyaga, who lays emphasis on the need for Catholic Universities to build a Catholic identity to make them different from other universities. Excerpts:
Mgr. Ntalou and seminar participants close ranks The National Justice and Peace Commission has asked Cameroonians eligible to vote to register for elections. The commission made its position public during a three-day Education on Citizenship seminar organised to mobilise Cameroonians to register massively ahead of the 2011 presidential elections.