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The idea of creating the Catholic University of Cameroon took many years to mature. But the formal reflection and consultations on the establishment of  such a University in accordance with the Anglo-Saxon tradition in the Bamenda Ecclesiastical Province started as far back as October 2006 with the constitution of a Provincial Think Tank composed of scholars and experts representing the dioceses of the Ecclesiastical Province did not take place until in November 2008. The group conducted a thorough process leading to the preparation of different constitutive acts such as the Statutes, the Academic Regulations, the Academic Programmes, the Financial Policies, the student’s guide and other relevant documents of the new university.

On March 5, 2009, the Bishops of the Bamenda Ecclesiastical Province submitted a request to the Minister of Higher Education seeking the creation of various university institutions. The National Commission for Private Higher Education in Cameroon discussed the proposal during its 14th ordinary session. By letter N.09/02561/L/MINESUP/DDES/ESUP/SAC/NJE/ebm of 6 July, 2009 from the Minister of Higher Education, the Bishops were granted the permission to create the Catholic University of Cameroon. This decision gave the Bishops of the Province the go-ahead to effectively establish the Catholic University of Cameroon, Bamenda.

In February 2009 the Bishops of the Ecclesiastical Province appointed a coordinator for the Project,
Prof. Paul Nchoji Nkwi and established a temporary secretariat at the premises of the Archbishop’s House in Bamenda.

In order to move the project forward, the Bishops appointed on the 19th February 2010 a team of seven persons to kick start the project. These were
Rev. Fr. Michael Suh Niba, Vice Chancellor, Professor Paul Nchoji Nkwi, Deputy Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Dr. Anthony Ndi, Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research and Cooperation, Rev. Fr. Andrew Nkea, Registrar, Mrs Mary Njume, Director of Finance, Rev. Fr. Jervis Kebei, Deputy Registrar for Students’ Affairs and Rev. Fr. Anthony Yilaka, Deputy Registrar for Development and Infrastructure. After eight months of intensified preparation, the Catholic University of Cameroon was officially launched with a pontifical Holy Mass and the matriculation of the first batch of students on 15th October 2010. On that occasion Christian Cardinal Tumi delivered the academic discourse on the subject of “Truth”. As an intellectual and academic community, the new university was called upon to defend the truth.
On the 12th January 2011, the Minister of Higher Education
, Prof. Jacques Fame Ndongo signed an ordinance No.11/0047/MINESUP authorising the Catholic University of Cameroon, to operate a BMP system (Bachelors, Masters, and Ph).  The effective take-off of the activities of this new institution was thanks to the enormous graces the Lord provided the entire academic and administrative staff.

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