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BUIB: Maiden Defense at the School Of Management Sciences

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.

Members of defense panel
Members of defense panel

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.

BUIB Board of Trustees Adopts Plan for 2020/2021.

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.

Members of BUIB Baord of Trustees visit construction site of new student halls
Members of BUIB Baord of Trustees visit construction site of new student halls

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.

BUIB Students Briefed On Operations

Some two thousand students (both old and new students) of Biaka university institute of Buea BUIB have been briefed on the Do’s and Don’ts of the institution as they embraced the 2020/2021 academic year. This was during the 2020/2021 general orientation for newly admitted and returning students which served as an opportunity for new students to learn about the operations of the institution and also for returning students to remind themselves of the regulations of the university.

At this significant academic event, participants were exposed to the various sectors of the university, their operations and their benefits to students during their stay at BUIB.

While presenting the different areas of the university to students, emphasis was laid on the importance of discipline, mutual respect, self-determination and above all hard work as major aspects that lead to success.

Key areas highlighted at the orientation ceremony includes the medical services available to students, campus life, discipline and conduct of students in and out of campus, monitoring and partnering institutions , financial flow and the  registration process just to mention these few.

The event also served as an opportunity for students to meet the management body of the university. The Vice Chancellor of BUIB Dr. Mrs Francisca Hongla Biaka while welcoming the students reassured them that their choice for BUIB is the best choice. She went further to remind them of their responsibility to stay focus as students in order to achieve their vision with the support of the professionals as well as other services put at their disposal.

As the event unfolded, participants were reminded of the Novel Coronavirus pandemic which remains a health threat to all. In this light, it was reiterated that all students and staff must respect the measures put in place by the university to ensure a COVID-19 free campus.

BUIB Reaches Out To Diabetes Patients

The 2020 Global Week for action on None Communicable Diseases ( NCDs) was observed recently from September 7th to  11th 2020 in rural areas of the Limbe Health District in the South West Region of Cameroon. Activities aimed at empowering nurses to care for diabetes patients in rural areas of the Limbe health district as well as transporting patients from these rural areas to urban diabetes centres where they can receive specialist care.

Funded by World Diabetes Foundation (WDF) and Biaka University Institute of Buea (BUIB), the Health Research Foundation (HRF) Buea, in collaboration with Biaka University Institute of Buea (BUIB) have successfully trained 52 nurses to manage patients living with diabetes.

It is worth noting that, according to the 2019 International Diabetes Federation (IDF) atlas, the rural prevalence of diabetes In Cameroon has been estimated to be between   7% – 10.5% in French speaking regions and 3.8 – 4.9 in the south west English speaking region. In 2020, Leke and colleagues estimated that almost 68% of persons living with diabetes in the rural South West Region are unaware of their status.

These findings support reasons for the fight against diabetes especially in rural areas of Cameroon. Holding under the caption “We Keep Our Eyes Fixed on Diabetes- the Silent Killer in Rural Cameroon” this initiative will go a long way to curb the number of deaths in Cameroon as a result of diabetes.