CATUC Bamenda organizes 14th Ordinary Council
Council members of the Catholic University of Cameroon, CATUC Bamenda have held their 14th ordinary meeting on Friday July 20, 2018 in the CATUC conference hall. Present were the Pro-Chancellor, the management team of CATUC, Deans, Provosts, HODs and the representatives of the Universities of Bamenda and Buea, the Regional Delegates of Health and that of Labour and Social Security.
Opening the session with the main objective to officially close the academic year, the Pro-Chancellor and chair of Council, Bishop George Nkuo, acknowledged the challenges encountered in the course of the year. This is especially the drop in number of teaching staff and students as a result of the Anglophone crisis. He thus expressed gratitude to CATUC staff for the successes recorded during the academic year and equally expressed hope that council will adopt measures to make the next academic year even better.
The 14th ordinary Council of CATUC in session
The Pro Chancellor and council members examined the affairs of CATUC since after the last session and unanimously agreed that the crisis has continued to stall many activities. This was mostly considering the level of executions of the different resolutions taken at the 13th ordinary council meeting. It was agreed that CATUC management does not lose the opportunity to publicise the institution in all Catholic colleges in the Bamenda Ecclesiastical Province. This is mainly because no fee will be charged to advertise CATUC in any catholic college in the Bamenda Ecclesiastical Province.
The Pro Chancellor and Chair of Council addressing Council
The Pro-Chancellor lauded the opening of the Public Relations and Alumni office. So far the office has been making efforts to link ex-students to the institution and converging staff and students to respective platforms. This has given room for a free exchange of ideas that could benefit the university community. Other successes recorded within the year were the different partnership agreements the university either contracted or renewed. The MoU with the Catholic University of America was renewed. MoUs with St. Elizabeth Hospital in Shisong, the Baptist Health institutions nationwide and state-owned health institutions were signed so medical students can take their clinical training freely. Another MoU was being finalized with the University of Port Harcourt in Nigeria to benefit mostly Petroleum Engineering students. A partnership agreement was reached with Blue Pearl Hotel Co Ltd for a 50% reduction in accommodation for CATUC visitors. Last but not the least, groundworks for a formal partnership agreement with the University of Reggio Calabria in Italy are being laid already. The main objective is for the two universities to collaborate in the political, cultural and scientific fields with attention being paid to the development of their host communities.
According to the representatives of the Universities of Bamenda and Buea, CATUC has peculiarities which should be highlighted when advertising her programmes. These include the humanitarian touch and the possibilities of traveling abroad for internships. The aspect of low cost of living in a place like Kumbo for medical students should also be a pull factor which should be highlighted. There is also the aspect of the fee reduction of the school of medicine.
Council group picture after the meeting
In his closing remarks, Bishop George Nkuo affirmed that the deliberations had been very satisfactory. He informed council that all the stakeholders of CATUC are concerned about the institution’s well-being. He equally appealed for all to pray for Cameroon and expressed hope that calm would be restored. Council then scheduled its next session for January 18, 2019.