Both Institutions Hope To Sign MOU Soon
By Christopher Ambe
The College of Journalism and Mass Communications, University of Florida (UF)-USA, has donated some 400 specialized text books and journals to the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication (JMC), of the University of Buea (UB), Cameroon.
|From L-R:Dr Julius Che Tita ,Prof Julius Ngoh... take a look at the books|
The donated books are in the areas of: Online Journalism, Public Relations, Media Ethics, Critical Thinking, Feminism, Advertising and Media, and Research.
The presentation of the books, last October 18, on UB Campus, was witnessed by Professor Victor Julius Ngoh, UB Deputy Vice-Chancellor in charge of Research, Cooperation and Relations with the Business World, sitting in for UB Vice-Chancellor Dr.Nalova Lyonga while Professor Juan Carlos Molleda of University of Florida, addressed the audience online from the USA
Professor Ngoh was thankful for the donation, which he described as marvelous, noting that the books are of high quality.
“ Books are among the key resources of research and good education”, he noted ,adding that UB Vice-Chancellor is very happy with the link between the 160 year-old University of Florida and the 20 year-old University of Buea.
Professor Ngoh hoped that an official MOU between the Department of JMC ,UB and the College of JMC,Florida would soon be signed ,to solidify the relationship between both institutions.
|Cross -section of UB/JMC Students and lecturers at the donation ceremony|
He particularly thanked Dr.Julius Che Tita, Head of Department of JMC/ UB who personally facilitated the donation from the UF, where he had graduated with a PhD in Public Relations. Professor Ngoh called on other UB staff to use their connections with people and institutions around to support the progress of UB.
Commending the book donation, Professor Martha Njikam Tumnde,Dean of the Faculty of Social and Management Sciences, under which the Department of JMC /UB runs, said “books are carriers of knowledge and the ladder to progress”. Recalling that three lecturers from the Department of JMC/UB got some formal training at the College of JMC/Florida, Professor Tumnde expressed the urgent need for the formal twining of both institutions. She said the books would be put in the University Library for the benefit of all.
Addressing the audience of UB students and lecturers at the donation ceremony via Skype from the US, Professor Juan Carlos Molleda, Chair of the Department of Public Relations, College of Journalism and Mass Communications, Florida, said he hoped the donated books would enhance the academic competence of students.
Asked if the University of Florida was interested in signing a MOU with UB, Professor Molleda said it is possible. He indicated his College’s willingness to assist JMC /UB in its post-graduate degree programmes.
Dr. Julius Che Tita, one of the pioneer lecturers of JMC/UB and now its head of department (HOD), said in spite of the fact that online journalism is now in vogue, the books are of relevance to students and will help improve their reading culture.
The Department of JMC/UB, which started in 1993, has graduated more than 1200 with Bachelor and Post-graduate degrees.
Professor Enoh Tanjong, now Vice-Dean in the Faculty of Social and Management Sciences UB, who was the first-ever HOD of JMC/UB, also witnessed the donation ceremony, animated by musical displays and news casts by student journalists.