By Christopher Ambe Shu
Professor Vincent P.K Titanji, Vice-Chancellor of University of Buea (UB) has told journalists that the university will use this year’s convocation- to take place in two months’ time, to raise more funds in order to support the take-off of the institution’s newest faculties, whose first batch of students have already been admitted.
UB ,created in 1993 as an anglo-saxon varsity,is said to be the best of Cameroon's seven state-owned universities.
The next UB convocation will also be used to inaugurate the institution’s official wear, reporters were further told.
The Faculty of Agriculture and Veterinary sciences, and that of Engineering and Technology are the two newest faculties that have just opened their doors for students for the 2010/2011 academic year, which has begun.
The Vice-Chancellor spoke to the press on 15 October on campus shortly after Council, the highest decision –making body of UB met in its 24th session, in the Conference room of the Faculty of Science.
The session was chaired by Professor Maurice Tchuente, UB pro-chancellor and Council chair. The session ,which lasted over six hours ,focused on matters concerning the institution’s finances, staff and students’ welfare, academic matters, administration, and infrastructural development.
Professor Titanji told reporters that the Council of the University expressed satisfaction at the Vice-Chancellor’s administration and performance, after endorsing his report of activities for the past year and vision for the just started academic year. Council also appreciated the good conduct of students, and urged them to continue in same spirit,it emerged
Council reportedly scrutinized the files of some academic staff that were due promotion and advancement and promoted them to their various grades.
The Council extended a motion of thanks to the head of state, Paul Biya, for the wonderful gesture he made by awarding excellence grants to students of all state universities. Council noted with joy that students of UB came out a very successful group in the award, with over 6300 beneficiaries.
The vice-chancellor, in his conversation with reporters after the session, urged land lords not to raise rents for UB students but to respect the Government’s order regulating rent limits.
He was also very thankful to the public for being supportive of UB’s growth and quest for excellence, wishing that such will continue.
Although a state-run varsity,UB has never had enough funds to conveniently run its programs,a reason that prompted the creation in the early years of the institution,what is today known as University of Buea Development Fund(UBDEF),intended to raise funds for the institution.