UIDB Sets Priorities For 2013/2014 Academic Year

By Walter Wilson Nana
Buea, Cameroon

The University Institute of the Diocese of Buea, UIDB is preparing the ground works for an effective and smooth academic 2013/2014.

At the 7th Council Meeting of UIDB that held recently, in the conference room of the Diocese of Buea, Small Soppo, Rev.Fr George Jingwa Nkeze, Pro-Chancellor and Interim President of the university told Councillors that their administration is revamping UIDB’s calendar for a hitch free 2013/2014 academic year. “We’re taking the necessary steps to present UIDB as a professional and hands-on 21st Century University,” he said.

According to the Interim President, they are reorganising the important office of Examination and Records following the advice from their mentor university, University of Buea, UB. “Our mentor university has being very supportive and we have received meaningful proposals and suggestions on how to meet up with standards,” he noted.

Rev.Fr Nkeze (L) awards a scholarship package to a deserving student of UIDB

Rev.Fr Nkeze (L) awards a scholarship package to a deserving student of UIDB

He expressed happiness that an HND Centre has being created for the Southwest Region by the Ministry of Higher Education, with UB hosting, which according to Fr. Nkeze is a psychological booster to their students. “The frustrations of our candidates are now done with. We’re waiting for further details from UB.”

The UIDB Pro-Chancellor indicated that they are making provision for a unique official wear for the university students based on their official colours, noting that a survey is being done to ensure that the colours are not those of other sister institutions.

He announced that UIDB is in the process of acquiring a printing press for the publication of academic journals, handbooks from the various schools and related publications from the university.

Prof. Joyce Bayande Endeley of the mentor university, UB, advised that the UIDB academic and business courses must be distinct and void of confusion in the minds of the students and the public. “The business and professional touch of UIDB must be job creators and problem solvers. Let these dynamics be different and of good quality from other higher institutions. Let’s see these reflected in the course content,” she added.

The Chancellor of UIDB, Mgr. Immanuel Bushu reiterated that the plan, mission and vision of the institution have not changed; forming young people in an integral manner – spiritually, physically, morally, socially and intellectually. “We’re going together and there is no stopping. We look forward to do more and we invite the stakeholders to step in and do nothing but their bit,” he said.

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