University of Buea

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University of Buea
University of Buea
Motto Knowledge with Wisdom
Type Public
Established 1992
Chancellor Minister of Higher Education, Cameroon
Vice-Chancellor Prof. Ngomo Horace Manga
Location Buea, South West Region, Cameroon
Nickname The place to be
Affiliations University of Manchester
Website http://ubuea.cm

University of Buea (UB) is in Buea, in the Southwest Region of Cameroon, near Mount Cameroon. It was founded as a university centre in 1985 and became a full-fledged university in 1992, following a Government decree that re-organized state universities in the country.[1] It is regarded as the best university in Cameroon and is one of two English speaking universities in Cameroon, alongside the University of Bamenda,[2][3] which follow the British system of education. It serves as a learning citadel to citizens from both Anglophone and Francophone regions of the country and even to neighboring countries like Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea among others who flock the university in search of high-quality education.

Central Building

Location[edit]

UB is in the historic town of Buea, former capital of German Kamerun, former capital of the federated State of West Cameroon, and now the regional capital of the Southwest Region of Cameroon. Although the university draws its students mainly from the English-speaking part of Cameroon, it also serves the other regions of the country.

Admissions[edit]

Admission into the university is competitive.

Student body and staff[edit]

The student population is over 12,000, including 50 who are physically and visually disabled. Adequate welfare provision for this latter category of students remains a challenge for the university administration.

There are 300 permanent and 200 part-time teaching staff. In addition to teaching, the staff undertake research in fields that are relevant to national development. UB has about 473 support staff.

Faculties and schools[edit]

UB has seven faculties:

  • Faculty of Engineering
  • Faculty of Arts
  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Faculty of Science
  • Faculty of Social and Management Sciences
  • Faculty of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine

UB has three schools or colleges:

  • Advanced School of Translators and Interpreters
  • College of Technology
  • Higher Technical Teachers Training College (in Kumba)

Infrastructure[edit]

Training at the university is supported by lecture halls and teaching and research laboratories. UB is connected to a fiber optic link to Camtel, a telecommunications company. In keeping with the New University Governance Policy of Cameroon, the outreach activities of the university are increasingly involving the private sector in funding and training so as to ensure that the graduates are relevant to the labour market. The University of Buea provides assistance and plays a leadership role to several other education institutions all over Cameroon.

As in most English-speaking institutions, the governance system of the university is based on structures such as Council, Senate, Congregation and Committees on which staff and students are represented.

Technology[edit]

The main campus has a campus-wide optical-fiber network linking most of the buildings. Internet connectivity is provided via a VSAT link.

The IT Centre runs an Internet café for Internet access by staff and students at a modest cost.

The university is making use of recent technology developments. This is done by partnering with top tech companies in Buea, Cameroon. University of Buea is one of the universities in Cameroon that has a 100 percent online registration process. Students apply and complete their admission online.[4]

Students are equally able to register courses online and check results online. The use of mobile money to pay fees is another innovation used by the University of Buea.

Library[edit]

The Buea University library operates in two buildings:

  • The Main library houses the open stacks book collection, quick reference and general reference books. The library is between the science laboratories, the Faculty of Arts Building and the Annex Library.
  • The Annex library is behind the Faculty of Arts Building. It contains special collections — reserve books/lecturer notes, archives, journals and the Cameroon collection. The library also houses cassettes, video tapes, microfilm and CD-ROM resources.

Faculty, staff, and students use the library collection. Alumni, users from institutions affiliated with UB and members of the public can, with authorization, use the library.

Outreach and cooperation[edit]

The University of Buea has linkages with foreign universities and cooperation with international organisations. The linkages usually aim at the exchange of staff and students whilst international organisations usually assist the university with capacity building of staff and funding for research.

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Coordinates: 4°09′12″N 9°17′32″E / 4.1532°N 9.2923°E / 4.1532; 9.2923