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The development of every academic institution of higher learning in any country is certainly not only intrinsically related to the quality of its students but also, and more importantly, that of its Faculty and administrators as well who play a strategic role in the translation and execution of its Vision and Mission.
UIDB has taken this approach of integral formation at all levels seriously. For instance, a month ago, five students from UIDB were in the US, thanks to UIDB’s relationship with the US Embassy -Yaoundé- Cameroon- for a Social Entrepreneurship Programme in the University of Connecticut -USA- from June 22 to July 26, 2013. This programme, it should be noted was sponsored completely by the US government which is meant to equip young entrepreneurs with leadership skills who will soon or later on make a positive impact on their communities.
On the 18th of July 2013, some members of the Faculty and Administration, headed by the Proprietor and Chancellor of UIDB, Bishop Immanuel Bushu, travelled to the University of St. Thomas -St. Paul, Minnesota- to participate in a Faculty Seminar from July 20-August 3, 2013.
This rare opportunity offered by the University of St. Thomas to the University Institute of the Diocese of Buea gives way for participants to oversee the implications for UIDB Catholic Studies Curriculum, to foster their understanding regarding the impact of Catholic Leadership at Catholic Universities and to hold several and interesting meetings, visit some businesses in Minnesota with a view to systematically and thoroughly translate the outcome of the discussions into concrete business programmes and projects after their return for the sustainable development of this budding Institution that aspires to become a World Class University of the 21st Century.
We immensely thank the University of St. Thomas particularly the Director of the Catholic Studies Centre, Dr. Don Briel, and Prof. Mike Naughton, Director of the Ryan Institute of Catholic Social Thought for making this happen. It is instructive to note here that UIDB is the only Higher Education Institution in the Country and Africa that has developed a core curriculum of Catholic Studies, which while similar to the liberal arts core at US universities such as the University of St Thomas Minnesota, attempts to more directly address the anthropological presuppositions of the Economy of Communion and Catholic Social Thought. Catholic studies allow students to encounter the broad and diverse expressions of Catholic Culture. The curriculum is designed in such a way that it appeals to students of any faith tradition who seek to deepen their knowledge of Catholicism’s rich and living heritage. Its interpersonal approach and opportunities for sustained reflection on important issues invite students to a more profound and mature experience of faith.
I am very honoured to be the moderator with Prof. Michael Naughton, Director of the John Ryan Institute of Catholic Social Thought, University of St Thomas at the current Faculty Seminar organized by the University of St Thomas, Minnesota and the University Institute of the Diocese of Buea from the 20th of July – August 3rd 2013, at St Paul Minneapolis.
Words cannot express my gratitude to St Thomas University, St Paul Minnesota for this unique opportunity that will fortify my ability to explore to the maximum the richness of Catholic Studies, and eventually establish a succinct curriculum and course outline that will continue to render Catholic Studies formidable in challenging times. This is a relation that has mutual benefits that must grow from strength to strength.
It is a great opportunity to learn about the running of the catholic university to share experiences with those who have been in the field and to design the future of UIDB as a Catholic Institution of Higher Education on the basis of information gathered. It is also an opportunity to create relationships which are mutually beneficial to our two institutions especially in areas such as Faculty development, post graduate studies for UIDB undergraduates and development of infrastructures for UIDB Campuses.
I am very delighted to attend this Faculty seminar organised by the University of St. Thomas in Minesota, USA. I am equally thankful to the Proprietor and Chancellor and to the President of UIDB for this opportunity. This seminar will definitely deepen my knowledge of Catholic studies and enhance tutoring in a Catholic Professional and Business Institution like UIBD.
I am really impressed to be part of the Faculty Seminar in the University of St. Thomas, St Paul Minnesota. This seminar will give us the opportunity to familiarize with the faculty of St. Thomas. We will establish lasting relationships and exchange ideas for the benefit of UIDB and the University of St. Thomas.
Participating in the seminar for Catholic Studies will better equipped me to answer the need for holistic, integral education in our society today as well as continue to promote the culture of the Economy of Communion (EoC).
Actually, I am quite excited and feel very favoured to be part of the team going to the U. S for this Faculty Seminar. I honestly feel it will develop my career and enhance my professional skills as a lecturer in the catholic milieu in order to train and produce professional servant servants in UIDB that will contribute to the sustainable development of their communities.
What overwhelmingly great stride UIDB makes by looking up with the University of St. Thomas. Is this not a veritable catalyst of the full realization of UIDB to produce real saints and scholars? Sacred Scripture strongly recommends that we should ask our elders and they will tell us; ask our ancestors and they will show us. UIDB is undoubtedly in the right footing in this fascinating attempt to intergrade and up-grade its programme of Catholic Studies in the African context under the mentorship of the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul Minesota. The University of St. Thomas should be lauded for developing such a classic programme for catholic social teaching in the field of applied business.
It would be a culpable act of sheer ingratitude if I were not to acknowledge the goodness of Prof. Michael Naughton and Mr. John Ryan who did not hesitate to extend such a significant breach of generosity to us at UIDB.
The ever industrious Pro-Chancellor and Interim President of UIDB, Rev. Fr. George Nkeze, cannot but be rendered sincere sentiments of gratitude for his relentless effort to make this dream to be a reality.
Oh how can I forget the Bishop of Buea, Chancellor and Proprietor of UIDB, whose inspiration, counsel and push contributed their fair share in the actualisation of this enterprise. Shakespeare says that how sharper than an adder’s fang is to have a thankless son. My Lord, accept my gratitude.
The DNA of my impression, put simply, is gratitude. This gratitude I vouch shall be expressed by my rigorous self-application during formation at St. Thomas University and the onward transmission of this acquired wealth of practical knowledge to UIDB students during lectures.
Catholic University Institute of Buea (CUIB)
P.O Box 563, Buea
South West Region, Cameroon
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