President's welcome Message

Welcome to the Catholic University Institute of Buea, (CUIB) The Entrepreneurial University!

Anyone who visits our Molyko Campus is certainly struck by the imposing arch with the inscription “Welcome to the City of Saints and Scholars.” CUIB was founded on the 17th of April 2009 by His Lordship Bishop Immanuel Balanjo Bushu with a unique vision to train a new breed of young men and women, Entrepreneurs, Job creators, innovators, Saints and Scholars (Sancti et Scholari), workers, directors, consumers, students, administrators, economic workers, rich and poor, families who could be called “homo donator”, persons capable of putting into practice the “culture of giving” in a new society that puts solidarity and sharing at the heart of its understanding of relationships. Its motto “Sancti et Scholari” (Saints & Scholars) articulates CUIB’s commitment to form integral persons in the Both/And culture: Faith & Reason; Prayer & Work, Freedom & Responsibility, Business & Spirituality etc. As “Saints” CUIB underscores its commitment to train its students to be “the best version of themselves as God created them to be” and as “Scholars” being those who “live to learn and are good at it”.

The Catholic University Institute of Buea (CUIB) is an incredible and unique university with an outstanding mission, vision, identity and values. My relationship with CUIB dates from its inception. I was part of the team that worked to design its mission, identity and stewardship as a Catholic Entrepreneurial University. Having been at the forefront of this university’s growth, I have experienced how CUIB has grown in so short a time to be not only the premier game changer in Entrepreneurial Higher Education in Cameroon, but truly a community of Saints and Scholars, innovators, international award winners and job creators.

Let me just share three facts with you about this city of Saints and Scholars!

First is the location! CUIB is located in the carefully chosen Cosmopolitan city of Buea, the town of legendary hospitality, situated at the foot of Mount Cameroon. Mount Cameroon is a volcanic massif of Southwestern Cameroon that rises to a height of 13,435 feet (4,095 metres) and extends 14 miles (23 km) inland from the Gulf of Guinea. It is the highest peak in sub-Saharan western and central Africa and the westernmost extension of a series of hills and Mountains that form a natural boundary between northern Cameroon and Nigeria. The town of Buea lies on the southeastern slope of the mountain, and the port of Limbe (formerly Victoria) with its beautiful Beaches, lies at its southern foot. The side of the mountain facing the sea has a mean annual precipitation level of more than 400 inches (10,000 mm) and is one of the wettest places in the world. The mountain’s rich volcanic soils support bananas, rubber, oil palms, tea, and cacao; valleys are used as pasture. What an area to study at!

Second, our Programmes! CUIB runs two major programmes, the American model 4 year undergraduate programme that puts our students at the International stage. We are currently the only University in Cameroon doing a 4 year American system of education. At the same time we run the 3 Year Cameroon/French Professional Bachelor (B’Tech), in which we give opportunities too for students to do the Higher National Diploma (HND) plus one year studies. It is unbelievable that we offer HND programmes at just 300, 000 FRS CFA, equivalent to 600 US dollars. This is our desire to provide quality education to all Cameroonians especially those from financially challenged backgrounds. All our students graduate with a double minor degree in Entrepreneurship and Catholic Studies. Is this not wonderful?

Third, our students! They are likeable, respectful and hospitable. They will greet you and sometimes engage you in meaningful conversation. We call them our VIPs (very important people). They are our major stakeholders and the reason why we are there. We do not treat our students as numbers and we acknowledge the dignity they have as saints – being “the best version of themselves as God created them to be”. Every day, we dedicate 30 minutes (sacred time or what is popularly known as Economy of Communion time) for prayer, meditation and worship; a practice which allows for religious tolerance and a variety of faith orientations. We believe that we can only succeed if they succeed; consequently, we offer small classes and one-on-one personal attention with classes taught by friendly and loving faculty. We also provide them with lots of hands on experiences and exposure to international role models through our monthly Guest Speaker event.

As Scholars “who live to learn and are good at it,” we believe that they have bright ideas, their opinion counts and should be on the decision table with the management of the University when it comes to taking some major decisions concerning the university and specifically when it will affect the students directly. This attitude towards our students is unique to CUIB. For instance, the Student Government Association(STUGA) leadership team are present in major management decision making fora such as the University council meeting, the President’s Line manager’s and Steering Committee meetings and other ad hoc meetings that will need their input.

As VIPs also, we are concerned about their Health and so provide them with free health care services at the University’s Health clinic managed by renowned Medical doctors, nurses and lab technicians. As a result of the quality education and experiences we offer, our two batches of alumni are winning international awards and making the impact in the communities. I remember one of our alumni recounting to me with joy how she got admission so fast to do her Master’s degree in one of the renowned Catholic Universities in Philadelphia in the US because the University officers saw that she studied in CUIB. I cannot tell you how many companies recruit our alumni for jobs just knowing that they studied in CUIB. These are companies who love excellence and want to share the CUIB spirit of what “excellence looks and feels like”. This is what you get to be part of the community of Saints and Scholars.

CUIB has a lot to offer and I hope that after you have gone through our website, you will decide to study at CUIB or come visit us in person. I always like to hear the thoughts and perspectives of those with a connection to CUIB, as well as prospective students, parents, and faculty and I encourage you to direct your questions, comments and proposals to opresident@cuib-cameroon.net.

Please, do not hesitate to stop by whenever you visit Buea. I look forward to personally giving you a warm CUIB welcome!

In Jesus and Mary,

Fr George Nkeze Jingwa

President, CUIB