About the Founder
Immanuel Banlanjo Bushu was born on July 31 1944 at Ngomrin, St. Theresia’s Parish, Sop, Bui Division, North West Region of Cameroon to Bartholomew Bushu and Johanna Wirsungrim, both of blessed memory. From 1953 to 1960, Bishop Bushu did his primary education at Sop, Kumbo and Nkar. From 1961-1965 Bishop Bushu did his secondary education at St. Joseph College, Sasse, Buea.
After his secondary education, he proceeded to Bigard Memorial Seminary, Enugu, Eastern Nigeria in September 1965. Caught in the Nigerian civil strife from 1967 – 1970, which perturbed his studies at Enugu, the then Bishop Jules Peeters of the Diocese of Buea redeployed Bushu to Sts. Peter & Paul Seminary in Ibadan, Western Nigeria in January 1968. In December 1972, Bushu, now a Deacon, completed his formation at Ibadan, where he obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology.
On January 7 1973, Bishop Bushu was ordained into the Sacred Priesthood at Nkar (his home town), and then began his priestly ministry as a Curate in St. Mathias’ Parish, Widikum and later moved to Bishop Rogan College, Soppo, Buea. From September 1977 to February 1980 and from September 1982 to June 1984 then Fr. Bushu studied Philosophy at the Pontifical Urban University in Rome, where he specialized and obtained a PhD in metaphysics.
Upon returning from Rome, Fr. Bushu worked in various parishes in the Bamenda Ecclesiastical Province and served as the Rector of the St. Thomas Aquinas’ Major Seminary, Bambui. On December 31 1992, a Papal Decision from Pope John Paul II, appointed Fr. Bushu the new and fourth Bishop of the Diocese of Yagoua, Northern Region of Cameroon, where he served for 14 years, a month and five days.
On November 30 2006, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Bishop Bushu as the next Bishop of the Diocese of Buea. Bishop Bushu took over from Bishop Pius Suh Awa, of blessed memory on January 30 2007. Bishop Bushu has practical experience having worked in the French and English culture in Cameroon. Inspired by the fact that the Diocese of Buea is the mother of the Dioceses in English speaking Cameroon, Bishop Bushu has taken the commitment to do more, having been blessed with great people and with a great heritage. This explains the huge spiritual, educational, health and infrastructural developments ongoing in the Buea Diocese. On October 4th 2010, Bishop Bushu founded the Catholic University Institute of the Diocese of Buea (CUIB) whose aim is to train a new breed of business men and women, entrepreneurs with spiritual and moral values who will transform their communities. CUIB would become a premier game changer in higher education in Cameroon-An Entrepreneurial University with distinct international standards.
Bishop Bushu continues to be a smart leader with outstanding vision; and has taken the lead in Cyber and Information Security workforce development in Central Africa. On July 17th, 2015 Bishop Bushu and the President of Capitol Technology University in Maryland, USA signed a Memorandum of Understanding to build a cyber and information security academic program at CUIB; and in October 2015, CUIB became 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.
Bishop Bushu's Vision
The history of the Catholic University Institute of Buea, formerly known as the University Institute of Buea, opens with its conception by Bishop Bushu in August 2007. As the new Bishop of the Diocese of Buea, one of the major problems he faced was the need to reform the Catholic Education in the Diocese. One of the immediate reforms was to provide the highest cycle of education-the University, so that it would be possible for high school graduates to complete their entire educational endeavors in Catholic Institutions in Buea. The need for a University was precipitated by three compelling factors. Catholic Schools in the Diocese have had a remarkable history which predates independence of producing some of the best high school graduates in the country. However on one hand, the lone Government University, the University of Buea (UB), could not absorb all applicants wanting a university education, for example in the 2007/2008 academic year, about 6000 students applied to UB and only 3,500 students were admitted. On the other hand, universities were graduating students who could not find jobs. The unemployment of university graduates implied a significant waste of investments in higher education. Consequently unemployment and associated socio-economic challenges in the communities and Cameroon in general were mounting. Parents were anxious for better solutions.
As a Shepherd concerned of his sheep, Bishop Bushu had the vision, heart, talent, and tenacity to make an extraordinary impact. His educational aim was to train job creators and not job seekers who will contribute to the sustainable development of their communities, Cameroon, Africa and the world at large. On August 8th, 2007 Bishop Bushu issued a “Pastoral Letter to All Christ Faithful and People of Goodwill in the Diocese of Buea on Facing the Challenges of Catholic Education Today”, in which he outlined his Vision of Catholic Education. A vision that would make CUIB a premier game changer in higher education in Cameroon-An Entrepreneurial University with distinct international standards.
Bishop Bushu envisioned a 21st. Century kind of University which will not only admit students, but most importantly a University whose programs are well aligned with the greatest problems of our times. He recognized that today the world requires more innovative, competitive and empowering approaches from educators; the changing times and human resources needs require an unprecedented shift from the traditional university model, to training students to engage, interact and work effectively in a diversified world. Against this backdrop, Bishop Bushu was driven to make a difference in some of the areas of critical importance to the world, in areas such as Agriculture, Information Technology, Engineering and Business Management; Entrepreneurship & Innovation. By producing cohorts of such graduates, Bishop Bushu’s vision also supports the Government of Cameroon achieve Vision 2035 for an Emergent Cameroon. Bishop Bushu also conceived the nature of the University to be invested with certain cardinal values and responsibilities. As a Catholic University, the institution should inculcate spiritual and moral values in the students. That the education the students receive should enable them to be sincere, honest, respectful and conscious in dealing with others throughout life.
In July 2009 backed by a remarkable history in high school education in the Diocese; the need for a University; consultations with the Diocesan College of Consulters and the Diocesan Education Council; and with tremendous support from parents; and Government’s approval of a Catholic University in the Diocese of Buea, Bishop Bushu embarked on a journey that will transform and prosper communities, the nation and Africa.
Bishop Bushu continues to be a smart leader with outstanding vision; and has taken the lead in Cyber and Information Security workforce development in Central Africa. On July 17th, 2015 Bishop Bushu and the President of Capitol Technology University in Maryland, USA signed a Memorandum of Understanding to build a cyber and information security academic program at CUIB and in October 2015, CUIB became 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. This program leverages Government’s efforts in developing a workforce to fight cyber security crimes, a field of rapidly increasing importance around the globe.