Biaka University Institute of Buea-BUIB visited some partners and friends of the Institution in Buea, Fako Division, South West Region of Cameroon to wish them good tidings ahead of Christmas and new year’s feasts The Two man communication and marketing team of the University, led by its manager Madam Fomucha Mirabelle took out time this December 15th 2020 to visit some banking institutions and major secondary schools in the town of legendary hospitality
The BUIB team visited these banks and schools in Buea, handing them Christmas gifts as well as strengthening relations between BUIB and these stakeholders The head of these Intuitions thanked the University management for the goodwill gesture which they say show a fruitful and working partnership between BUIB and their Institutions.
“The true bone of education is intelligence and character”.; Guest speaker prof. Margarat N. Endeley making reference to Martin Luther Kings, challenged some 1,205 students to study for “now is the right time” she said.
This remark was made while delivering an academic discourse at the 2020 matriculation and induction ceremony of Biaka University Institute of Buea which took place at the university’s campus this 11th day of December 2020.
Speaking on the theme “Education within the COVID 19 Pandemic: Opportunities, Challenges and Redolence” Professor Margaret N. Endeley- Vice Dean in charge of student’s affairs at the University of Buea called on matriculating students to embrace the new pedagogic approach characterized by online teaching and learning, sense of personal safety, discipline and a change of mindset amidst the COVID 19 pandemic and the Anglophone crisis. Highlighting these factors which continue to be a threat to education, the guest speaker challenged these students to build a different mindset and make use of the opportunity they have to study for success she reiterated, does not come in a platter of Gold.
Raising up their hands as a sign of acceptance to abide to the rules and regulations of the institution and to be fully committed to their studies, the Vice Chancellor of BUIB Dr Mrs. Francisca Hongla Biaka formally admitted these 1,205 deserving and qualified students into BUIB. Welcoming them to the university with the “Audacity to Be Different,” the Vice Chancellor invited them to take studies as a priority for that is the major reason for being part of the BUIB family.
The 2020 matriculation and induction ceremony which started with an ecumenical service, also witnessed the official installation of class delegates whose role is to work in synergy with management to ensure student’s satisfaction and discipline during their stay at the university.
The School of Management Sciences of Biaka University Institute of Buea has witnessed the academic defense of their first badge of Masters Students (Masters of Science MSc.). The main purpose of the thesis defense was to make sure that the students actually understand their field and focus area.
This maiden exercise in the School Of Management Sciences saw a total of 9 students – 3 from Health Care management and 6 from logistics and supply chain management. These students have been found worthy for consumption by not only the national market, but the international market as well.
According to the Head of Department for the School Of Management Sciences Dr. Mbinkar Benard, , this is a significant achievement for the school as this shows proof of their competencies and also that they have met with the standards set by the Ministry Of Higher Education to ensure quality education at all levels.
It is worth noting that the academic works of these nine students have been accepted for publication and these students have fulfilled the requirements for graduation.
Present at the defense amongst other examiners was the Dean of the Faculty of Social and Management Sciences of the University of Buea (BUIB’s Mentor University) Professor Yenshu Emmanuel and the Vice Dean in charge of Academic Planning at the University of Buea Professor Nsagah Dickson.
The defense which took place this November 2020, also saw the participation of some family members of the students.
The School of Management Sciences of BUIB it should be noted started its masters programs in 2018.
The 2020/2021 plan of action for Biaka University Institute of Buea has been approved. This acceptance was during the 2020/2021 first Board of Trustees meeting which took place on Saturday November 28th at the conference hall of BUIB aimed at mapping a way forward for the institution as it takes on the new academic year.
The Board Chair and Vice Chancellor Dr. Mrs Francisca Hongla Biaka while thanking board members for their commitment in ensuring the sustainability of the complex, presented the increase in the number of students as a key area to be looked into by the board to ensure that the provision of quality services is not being compromised with the increasing number of students.
Focusing on the provision of quality services to students, the management presented the construction of three amphitheaters with a hosting capacity of 336 students each, as one of the key activities ongoing to host the rising population of BUIB. The team together visited the construction site which some 40.07% of construction work has been achieved. The amphitheaters projected to be completed by February 2021 would host about 1,008 students taking into consideration the aspect of maintaining social distances due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
These classrooms are put in place to add to existing classrooms to host a population of about 2,202 students.
In addition to classrooms, the board approved the budget for the 2020/2021 school year which will cater for issues of increasing number of lecturers and other amenities for the smooth running of the year.
The session also served as a forum during which members congratulated the management body on the ground on the level of professionalism exercised in the execution of projects. They also lauded the University for its Brilliant Performance as best private higher institution at the 2020 Higher National Diploma Examination – HND with a score of 99.62% as rated by the Ministry of Higher Education.
Board members expressed satisfaction with the functioning of the institution and pledged their continuous support for the success of BUIB in particular and the St Veronica Medical Complex in general.