CUIB's Distinct Institutional Identity“CUIB, the only Entrepreneurial University in Cameroon, and the Central Africa Region”
On October 4th, 2010, CUIB opened its doors to the first batch of students, 297 in total into the academic arm of the University. In June 2011, the other arm of CUIB, the Entrepreneurial, Research and Innovation arm was approved by Government as a legal entity of its own with the name CUIB Center for Entrepreneurship, Research and Innovation (CERI). In 2012 CUIB clearly distinguished itself as an Entrepreneurial University. This was not only a bold step in the Catholic World, where none has ever distinguished itself as entrepreneurial, but also in Cameroon and in the Central Africa Region where none exist. we are not only distinct in who we are but also in what we do and how we do it.CUIB The Entrepreneurial University –Who we are- A premier game changer in Entrepreneurial Higher Education in Cameroon
In recent times, African countries are faced with the problem of youth unemployment – specifically university graduates. The unemployment of university graduates implies a significant waste of investments in higher education. Most university graduates are job seekers and they seldom venture into businesses or employment creation – because many of the universities have been teaching them to be employed and not being self-employed. The unemployment of university graduates is not only an African but is a global problem. CUIB right from its inception responded to this universal need which is very acute in Africa and in Cameroon in particular with a 47% unemployment rate by becoming an Entrepreneurial University with relevant curricula that will prepare graduates to become job creators.
The Academic Philosophy of CUIB is based on seven key pillars that chart new ways for a 21st century education: (1) Spiritual and Moral Values, (2) Academic Excellence, (3) Entrepreneurial Spirit, (4) Scientific and Technical Know-How, (5) Social and Environmental Awareness and Responsibility, (6) Integrated Education for Life, and (7) the Economy of Communion (EoC).
Hence the Mission of CUIB is “To prepare professional servant leaders with moral and spiritual values who will contribute to the sustainable development of their communities”; and its Vision is “To bring hope to the students and awaken in them a sense of purpose and direction, so that they may achieve social, economic, spiritual, cultural and environmental well-being in their communities in particular, the nation and the world at large”.How CUIB Does It!
What also sets CUIB apart is its commitment to being a world class and preeminent university of the 21st. Century: and an institution of choice for students from all over Cameroon and Africa. Driven by the pursuit of excellence and in affirmation of its mission, CUIB has since its creation in 2010, embraced the two university systems into one-Afro-American. Rooted in the American system, CUIB adopts the American Professional university system in terms of governance, management style, curriculum, grading, and aspirations. CUIB educates students and advances knowledge and innovation in areas of importance to the community, the Nation and the world.
CUIB provides enriching and challenging undergraduate and graduate educational experiences under the academic arm of the university; and opportunities for student- centered learning in entrepreneurship, research, and innovation under the entrepreneurial and innovation arm (CERI). The academic arm offers programs in Agriculture and Natural Resources, Business, Information Technology, Engineering and Catholic Studies.
One of the greatest assets of CUIB is found in its outstanding and passionate leadership. Under the leadership of CUIB’s President Rev. Fr. George Nkeze, CUIB has a clear vision of its mission and role as an Entrepreneurial University. In June 2015, Fr. Nkeze developed a comprehensive, bold, and action oriented Strategic Plan: “Strategic Vision 2020 To Enhance CUIB’s Mission: What Excellence Looks and Feels Like at CUIB”. The plan articulates the university’s visionary goals, with specific programs and objectives which will lead the university as it pursues its vision in the next five years 2015-2020. The plan articulates the university’s aspiration of working “towards making CUIB a world-class 21st Century University of Excellence. Aspiring to become a world-class 21st Century University of Excellence, is not only a clear indication of CUIB’s commitment to foster entrepreneurial education of quality in Cameroon (and Africa), but also to assist the State ( Cameroon) to achieve Vision 2035 for an Emergent Cameroon. Charting a path to a 21st, Century world-class university is quite a challenging but doable task.
To achieve these goals, CUIB offers faculty, students and staff a vibrant ecosystem that nurtures and encourages academic excellence, innovation and entrepreneurship in a variety of ways. CUIB counts the diversity of its community as among its greatest strengths and integral to its mission of excellence. This includes highly motivated faculty and staff on one hand;and talented and innovative students on the other hand. CUIB embraces the principle of shared governance through its University Academic Board, the Board of Trustees, student government associations, and a diverse collection of councils and committees that enable all constituencies to participate in deliberation and policy setting, a process promoting shared commitment to University goals.
CUIB is expanding its engagement in the global community, building partnerships with leading international institutions and expanding academic and strategic partnerships to help prepare its students to live and be leaders in the new global economy. In line with this, CUIB takes pride in breaking very challenging grounds and becoming the first and only university in the Central African Region (10 countries with a population of about 128 million) offering an undergraduate degree and certificate program in Cyber and Information Security. It is also important to note here that CUIB’s peer set is no longer local or even national; CUIB is the first African member of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities in the USA (ACCU). CUIB was recently acknowledged by ACCU as number six, among 10 universities that were internationally recognized as being bold and courageous.How CUIB Empowers and Impact
As a game changer in Entrepreneurial Higher education in the country and the Central Africa Region, CUIB is distinct in how it empowers and impacts. Its students are expected to do 100 hours of volunteerism and community service before graduation. CUIB runs an annual Academic and Business Fair that brings into its campus more than 30 thousand members nationwide. As an Entrepreneurial University, CUIB areas of studies are aligned perfectly with some of the greatest problems of our time-agriculture, information technology, engineering, entrepreneurship and innovation. CUIB is the only University in Cameroon that offers a degree program in –Chemical -- Engineering. Since 2014 CUIB has graduated its first and second batch of students.Impact on the community –Buea, and Cameroon
CUIB leads in Cyber and Information Security workforce development in Central Africa. In October 2015, CUIB broke new and very challenging grounds and became the first and only university in the Central Africa Region (10 countries with a population of about 128 million) offering an undergraduate degree and certificate program in Cyber and Information Security . This program leverages Government’s efforts in fighting cyber security crimes, a field of rapidly increasing importance around the globe. South West Region based on the 2013 assessment statistics from the Ministry of Higher Education. CUIB is amongst the best 20 Private Higher Institutions in the Country and the 1st in the international awards for entrepreneurship and innovation.
CUIB Alumni are finding global opportunities