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Biaka @ 25; Sports Walk – A Spirited Start

Tuesday, November 21st marked the kickoff of the much-anticipated 25th-anniversary celebration of Biaka University Institute in Buea. The day commenced with a vibrant sports walk through the bustling streets of Buea, with the Vice Chancellor and other esteemed officials leading the way. The sight of faculty and students marching in unison showcased the unity and spirit that has defined the institution for a quarter of a century.

Following the invigorating walk, the participants congregated at the Molyko Omnisport Stadium, where an atmosphere of excitement and energy prevailed. A series of stretching exercises and physical activities ensued, reinforcing the university’s commitment to holistic well-being.

The pinnacle of the day was the football finals held between Biaka Staff FC and the Medical Laboratory Students. The game unfolded with intense competition, culminating in a 1-1 tie. The deadlock was ultimately broken in a thrilling penalty shootout, where Biaka Staff FC emerged victorious with a 5-2 score.

The football finals not only showcased the athletic prowess of the university’s staff but also fostered a sense of camaraderie and friendly competition among the diverse members of the Biaka community. As the jubilant celebrations continued, it became evident that the 25th anniversary festivities were off to a resounding start, promising a week filled with memorable events and reflections on Biaka University Institute’s remarkable journey over the past quarter-century.

Biaka University of Buea (BUIB) welcomes Freshmen at the 2023/2024 General Orientation.

The start of the academic year at Biaka University of Buea (BUIB) is a momentous occasion that brings fresh faces to campus and sets the stage for the academic journey ahead. The 2023/2024 academic year began with a warm welcome to newly admitted students through a comprehensive General Orientation Program. Chaired by the Technical Adviser to the Vice Chancellor, the program featured several distinguished speakers, including the Registrar, Directors of the five different schools, the Finance Manager, the Guidance Counselor, and the Student Affairs Office. Furthermore, a guest speaker addressed the crucial topic of mental health, ensuring that students embark on their educational journey with the tools to thrive both academically and personally.

The General Orientation Program was chaired by the Technical Adviser, representative of the Vice Chancellor, a significant figure at BUIB responsible for overseeing various aspects of university operations. Mr. Otto Singe’s presence and guidance served as an assurance to the new students that the university is fully committed to their success and well-being. The program commenced with a warm welcome to the incoming students, setting the tone for an exciting academic year ahead. New students were encouraged to embrace this transformative experience and make the most of the resources and opportunities provided by BUIB as well as an introductory session of Administrative and teaching staff present.

The Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of cooperation and innovation Dr. Feh Mary, gave a historical recap on the growth of BUIB since its intuition in 1998

The Registrar of BUIB, Dr. Veronica Ika Vesimih provided an essential overview of administrative procedures, including course registration, academic records, and the academic calendar. Students were given valuable insights into university policies and procedures to ensure a smooth transition into their academic journey.

The Directors of BUIB’s five different schools (SHS, SMS, SAS, SET and SED) addressed students, providing insights into the programs offered, the faculty, and the resources available. This gave students a clear understanding of their specific school’s culture and expectations.

The Finance Manager spoke about matters that are crucial for students’ success. Mr. Chia Rechard discussed tuition fees, payment options, and financial aid opportunities, ensuring that students have access to the necessary financial information to make informed decisions.

The Guidance Counselor shared essential information about academic counseling services and resources available to students. Students were encouraged to seek guidance and support whenever needed to navigate the challenges of university life.

The Student Affairs Office led by Mr. Nemkul Samuel, outlined its role in promoting student well-being, engagement, and extracurricular activities on campus. The importance of balance between academics and co-curricular activities was emphasized.


Mr. Tamunjong Amstrong, the Guest Speaker drilled the students on Mental health being a critical aspect of students’ overall well-being. The speaker with expertise in mental health addressed the students, discussing the importance of self-care, stress management, and seeking support when dealing with the pressures of academic life and social life.

The General Orientation Program at Biaka University of Buea for the 2023/2024 academic year was a comprehensive and informative event designed to welcome newly admitted students and set them on a path to success. The participation of key university figures, including the Deputy Vice Chancellors, Technical Adviser, the Registrar, Directors of the five schools, heads of departments, the Finance Manager, the Guidance Counselor, and the Student Affairs Office, ensured that students were well-informed about the university’s policies, programs, and support services.

Additionally, the guest speaker’s discussion on mental health highlighted the university’s commitment to the holistic well-being of its students. By addressing not only academic matters but also mental health, BUIB demonstrates its dedication to fostering a nurturing and supportive environment for all students.

With the foundation laid during the General Orientation Program, the newly admitted students are now ready to embark on their academic journey at BUIB, equipped with the knowledge and resources they need to excel both academically, personally and Professionally.

SVPC Elects Staff Representatives in Accordance with Ministry of Labour and Social Security Decision of September 11, 2023.

In a significant move towards ensuring workplace democracy and employee participation, St. Veronica Polyclinic (SVPC)  recently conducted elections to choose their staff representatives. This decision, made in accordance with the guidelines of the Ministry of Labor and Social Security, is a remarkable step towards promoting the rights and interests of the university’s employees.

Staff representation plays a vital role in modern workplaces, fostering better communication, negotiation, and problem-solving between management and employees. It serves as a channel for employees to voice their concerns, suggestions, and grievances while aiding employers in making informed decisions that affect their workforce.

In an academic institution like Biaka University Institute of Buea (BUIB) which is part of SVPC, staff representatives can advocate for improved working conditions, fair remuneration, professional development opportunities, and an inclusive work environment. The presence of staff representatives also encourages the faculty and administrative staff to participate actively in shaping the university’s policies and direction.

The decision to hold elections for staff representatives at SVPC/BUIB aligns with the Ministry of Labor and Social Security’s guidelines, emphasizing the importance of staff participation in decision-making processes. This decision stems from the recognition that involving employees in key decisions fosters a sense of ownership and ensures that their rights are upheld. The election process is also seen as a way to uphold democratic principles within the workplace, ensuring that the voice of the employees is heard and respected. By adhering to the Ministry’s recommendations, Biaka University Institute of Buea is not only complying with labor laws but also setting an example for other institutions to follow.

The election process began with a Nominations period where staff designated time to nominate candidates who were willing to serve as their representatives. This allowed for a diverse range of candidates from various departments and positions to step forward.
Candidates had the opportunity to campaign and present their ideas and qualifications to their peers. This ensured that staff members were well-informed when making their choices.
Finally, Staff members were today given the chance to vote for their preferred candidates. The election process was conducted in a secure and confidential manner, guaranteeing the integrity of the results.
Once the votes are counted, they will be announced publicly, ensuring transparency and trust in the electoral process.


The election of staff representatives at SVPC/BUIB brings forth several advantages not limited to but includes;

• Enhanced Employee Morale: Knowing that their voices are heard and represented can boost employee morale and engagement. This, in turn, can lead to increased productivity and job satisfaction.
• Improved Decision-Making: Staff representatives provide valuable insights that can lead to better decision-making by the university’s administration, resulting in policies and practices that are more attuned to the needs of the workforce.
• Conflict Resolution: Staff representatives can play a crucial role in mediating and resolving conflicts within the institution, creating a harmonious work environment.
• Legal Compliance: Adhering to the Ministry of Labor and Social Security’s guidelines ensures that the university complies with labor laws, reducing the risk of labor disputes.

The election of staff representatives at SVPC/BUIB in line with the Ministry of Labor and Social Security’s decision is a commendable step towards promoting employee rights, democratic values, and improved workplace dynamics. It is anticipated that this initiative will bring about a more inclusive and productive work environment, ultimately benefiting both the staff and the institution as a whole. As other organizations consider adopting similar measures, Biaka University Institute of Buea’s experience stands as an inspiring example of the positive outcomes that can be achieved through staff representation.

The 2023 Fulbright Program at BUIB: Bridging Cultures and Building Futures in Public Health

In the vibrant setting of Biaka University Institute of Buea (BUIB), the 2023 Fulbright Program is in full swing. This dynamic program, forged in partnership with Drexel University in the U.S.A and sponsored by the U.S Embassy in Cameroon, is a beacon of international collaboration. As it unfolds from the 14th to the 27th of October, the program promises a rich tapestry of academic and cultural experiences, with a specialized focus on Public Health. The opening ceremony was a star-studded affair, attended by esteemed personalities:

Dr. Francisca Hongla, the Vice Chancellor of BUIB: In her welcoming speech, Dr. Hongla beams with pride and enthusiasm. She is a visionary leader, keen to embrace the transformative power of international collaboration in Public Health education. Dr. Hongla speaks passionately about the opportunity that the specialized Fulbright Program in Public Health offers to students and faculty to engage with the global community.

Prof. James D. Portwood, the Pro Chancellor of BUIB: Prof. Portwood, a staunch advocate of quality education, takes the stage to emphasize the significance of cross-cultural exchanges in the realm of Public Health. He expresses his gratitude for BUIB being chosen as the host institution and looks forward to the far-reaching impact this program will have on the community’s health and well-being.

Michael O’Bryan, the Director of the U.S Embassy in Douala: Leading the American delegation, Mr. O’Bryan highlights the pivotal role of educational diplomacy in fostering international relations, particularly in the context of Public Health. He speaks of the transformational potential of educational experiences in healthcare, underscoring the creation of lasting friendships and partnerships that the Fulbright Program can facilitate.

Staff and Students of BUIB: The heart and soul of the institution, BUIB’s students and staff, infuse the event with enthusiasm and energy. Their presence is a testament to their dedication to the ideals of learning and cultural exchange, particularly in the context of Public Health.

Exploring a World of Possibilities in Public Health: Prof. Kristine Mulhorn’s Leadership

The 2023 Fulbright Program at BUIB is currently under the guidance of the esteemed Prof. Kristine Mulhorn, a renowned academic with a deep commitment to international education in the field of Public Health. Her leadership ensures a program brimming with a diverse array of activities, specialized in Public Health, including academic lectures, workshops, and cultural events. The program’s rich curriculum offers comprehensive experiences for both American and Cameroonian participants, all with a specific focus on addressing global health challenges.

In the course of the two weeks, the Fulbright scholar is immersing herself in academic and cultural exchanges, forging connections that transcend borders and expanding their global perspectives within the context of Public Health. Cameroonian participants are exploring the multifaceted approaches to healthcare in the U.S., while American participants are delving into the rich tapestry of Cameroonian healthcare practices.

The 2023 Fulbright Program at BUIB exemplifies the enduring power of education to bridge gaps, foster cultural understanding, and form lifelong connections. It’s a journey that promises to bring enriching experiences to all involved and shape a brighter future for international collaboration in Public Health education. This dynamic exchange will undoubtedly leave an indelible mark on the participants, transforming their lives and the world around them, especially in the critical arena of Public Health.

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