The Minister of State, Minister of Higher Education presided over a preparatory meeting prior to the resumption of classes for the 2022–2023 academic year, on Friday 30 September 2022. The meeting took place at the Cameroon University’s Network and Digital Development Center (RIC).
In attendance were, Vice-Chancellors and Rectors of State Universities, the Coordinator of the Congo-Cameroon Inter-State University, representatives or promoters of Private Higher Education Institutes, representatives of partner ministerial Departments and close collaborators of the Minister of State, Minister of Higher Education. The following points were on the agenda:
- The level of preparations for the start of the 2022–2023 academic year;
- A report on the consultation meeting between Private Higher Education Institutes, State Universities and the Ministry of Higher Education on academic tutelage.
- Update on the functioning of the University Digital Development Centers (CDNU).
- Quality Assurance, Professionalization, Employability
- The keynote address of the Minister of State, Minister of Higher Education was structured around the three major concepts prescribed by the Head of State (Quality Assurance, Professionalization and Digitization of teaching, Employability of Graduates), and the points on the agenda of the meeting.
- A Smooth and Controlled Resumption of Classes
- Regarding the next academic year, Vice-Chancellors and Rectors of State Universities and the representatives of Private Higher Education Institutes (PHEIs) gave an update on the level of preparations of their respective campuses. It appeared that all measures have been taken in order to ensure a smooth and controlled resumption of classes. In this respect, the Minister of State recommended the creation of sectoral platforms with the Governing boards of ENEO and the Directorate General of Taxation, in order to clarify the issue of unpaid bills and to negotiate reasonable payment plans. The same approach should be adopted with the National Social Insurance Fund.
- Academic Tutelage of Private Higher Education of Institutes
- As for the minutes of the consultation meeting between Private Higher Education Institutes (PHEIs), State Universities and the Ministry of Higher Education on academic tutelage, formal specifications have been defined and validated for the tutelage granted to PHEIs. Participants agreed on the need to re-examine the basic texts of Universities’ tutelage on the Private Higher Education Institutes. They also suggested that Private Higher Education Institutes, which have the necessary authorizations could also be granted seats in competitive entrance examinations launched by the Ministry of Higher Education.
- Handover of the University Digital Development Centers
- As far as the functioning of the University Digital Development Centers (CDNU) are concerned, the Minister of State informed participants that he shall proceed as from today to hand over to Universities, the 10 University Digital Development Centers, a gift from the Head of State, His Excellency Paul BIYA. The State Universities are committed to put them into operation this academic year.