CAMEROON: New Douala University campus on track

The recently established faculties of medicine and pharmaceutical sciences and of industrial engineering at the University of Douala should have their own new campus by 2010, according to the Cameroon Tribune of Yaounde.

At present they are accommodated on the principal university campus and at the Ndogbong annexe, but by the time the new site is open the two faculties will be in their fourth academic year with an expected quadrupling of the present number of students and extra teachers and other staff.

The decision to provide a new site for the faculties at Logbessou, at an estimated cost of 34 billion Fcfa (US$81.8 million) over four years, was confirmed this month by the technical committee in charge of the project. The funding has been made possible by international debt relief which will contribute to improving infrastructure at other higher education establishments, said the Tribune.