University cooperation : A Master’s degree in Cybersecurity is coming up at the University of Bamenda.
The project was unveiled on Thursday 31 August 2023 in the Conference Room 904 of MINESUP, during an audience granted by the Secretary General of the Ministry of Higher Education, Professor Wilfred NYONGBET GABSA, to a delegation from the Embassy of Belgium and the University of Bamenda.
Prof. Wilfred NYONGBET GABSA, Secretary General of the Ministry of Higher Education, enthusiastically welcomed his guests on a working visit to the comfort of the Conference Room 904, on the initiative of His Excellency Eric JACQUEMIN, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium to Cameroon, and Mr Christophe PETIT, Rector of the Université Libre de Bruxelles. The meeting focused on the development of university cooperation between the two countries. On the agenda was the prospect of launching a Master’s degree in Cybersecurity at the University of Bamenda, with a research focus on Cryptology. According to the Secretary General, this new course will enrich the Cameroonian university system. In her speech, Mrs Myriam DELIEU, Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of the Kingdom of Belgium in Yaounde, pointed out that this initiative is the fruit of the Francophone Cooperation of Belgium, under the leadership of the Academy of Research and Higher Education (ARES). This project, based on a professional Masters degree, is also aimed at exchanges with companies. It is also an instrument for promoting public-private partnerships in higher education. Among the complaints addressed to the Minister of State by the Secretary General of MINESUP is the project to create the Center for Cybersecurity and Mathematical Cryptology, on which the course will be based, with academic and administrative autonomy. The construction of a building is planned for this purpose.
The course is open to almost a hundred Cameroonian and foreign students each year, including 40 for the professional option and 45 for the research option. The project will benefit from Belgian funding for 5 years. The Cameroon will then take over, with the challenge of contributing to the concrete construction of the Digital University, already underway through the E-National Higher Education Network project.