Cross-border university opens with digital faculty

The Cameroon-Congo Interstate University has opened in Sangmélima, Cameroon, with 300 students from the two countries, with a second faculty due to follow in Congo-Brazzaville.

In Brazzaville this month, Congo’s Higher Education Minister, Bruno Jean-Richard Itoua, and Cameroon’s Ambassador to Congo, Komidor Njimoluh Hamidou, launched the competitive entrance examinations of Sangmélima’s International School of Digital Engineering.

The institution offers 25 socio-technical courses, 25 for design and 100 for energy-related engineering, reported the Agence d’Information d’Afrique Central (ADIAC).

The second faculty is being built in Ouésso, north Congo, which will specialise in environmental, applied sciences and forestry studies. According to ADIAC, its location is “important”. It is situated in the second largest tropical forest in the world, after the Amazon, covering more than 286 million hectares over six countries: Congo-Brazzaville, Cameroon, Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea and Gabon.

The Interstate University, which ADIAC reported will be open to students from other African countries and the world, was created on the initiative, announced in 2012, of presidents Denis Sassou Nguesso of Congo and Paul Biya of Cameroon.

Hamidou said he was witness to “the permanent effort” of the two presidents who “carry out actions for African integration in general, and the sub-region in particular”. He noted the “enthusiasm of young people for the project, because digitisation represents the world’s fourth industrial revolution”.

Itoua said he was delighted the initiative placed Congo and Cameroon central to the integration of the region. “A higher education institution in the digital domain, a domain very favourable to enable Africa to take part in global competition,” ADIAC reported him as saying. – Compiled by Jane Marshall

This article is drawn from local media.
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