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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.

A New Dawn: Biaka University Institute Of Buea to Recruit New Teaching Staff

As the academic year progresses, institutions of higher learning strive to provide quality education and meet the growing demands of their students. At Biaka University Institute Of Buea (BUIB), a prestigious institution committed to excellence, the recruitment of new teaching staff has always been a critical endeavor to ensure the delivery of high-quality education. This year is no different. Today, 12th of October, interview sessions for over 50 applicants are taking place across the university’s five schools, namely the School of Health Sciences, School of Agricultural Sciences, School of Management Sciences, School of Education, and School of Engineering and Technology. The recruitment process at BUIB is a testament to the university’s commitment to academic excellence and innovation in higher education.

The Five Schools:

School of Health Sciences: BUIB has consistently recognized the importance of healthcare education and training. With the emergence of new health challenges and the growing need for skilled professionals, the School of Health Sciences plays a pivotal role in producing highly competent healthcare practitioners.

School of Agricultural Sciences: Agriculture is the backbone of many nations, and BUIB’s School of Agricultural Sciences aims to produce graduates with the knowledge and skills to transform the agricultural sector. This school focuses on sustainable agricultural practices, research, and innovation.

School of Management Sciences: In the dynamic world of business and management, this school is committed to shaping future leaders and entrepreneurs. It equips students with the knowledge, skills, and ethics to excel in a highly competitive global business environment.

School of Education: The future of any society relies heavily on its education system. BUIB’s School of Education is dedicated to producing competent, passionate educators who will shape the minds and values of the next generation.

School of Engineering and Technology: In an era of rapid technological advancement, the School of Engineering and Technology stands as a beacon of innovation. It prepares students to tackle contemporary engineering challenges and contribute to technological advancements.

Recruiting teaching staff is a meticulous process at BUIB, ensuring that only the best candidates are selected. The 50+ applicants have undergone a rigorous selection process, including the submission of detailed applications, interviews and possible evaluations of their qualifications and teaching capabilities.

Today, the final leg of the recruitment process is taking place – the interview sessions. This is a crucial step as it provides the applicants with an opportunity to showcase their knowledge, skills, and passion for their respective fields. The interview panels consist of the Vice Chancellor, experienced professors and experts from the five schools who assess each candidate’s suitability for the university. The recruitment of new teaching staff at BUIB is not merely a routine procedure but a step towards creating a dynamic learning environment for students. With an evolving educational landscape and increasing demands from the job market, the university remains dedicated to producing graduates who are well-equipped to tackle real-world challenges.

The university’s commitment to research, innovation, and community engagement is unwavering. New teaching staff members will play a pivotal role in contributing to these aspects of the institution. Their fresh perspectives and experiences will undoubtedly enrich the academic environment at BUIB. As the selected candidates join the esteemed faculty of BUIB, the future of the university and its students looks brighter than ever. The university is poised to continue making a significant impact in healthcare, agriculture, business, education, engineering, and technology, all thanks to the dedication and expertise of its teaching staff.

Biaka University kicks off with God; Sets inspiring tone for 2023/24 Academic Year


Amidst much anticipation about  school resumption, Biaka University Institute of Buea is kicking off the Academic year 2023/2024 with a truly inspiring and spiritually uplifting tradition – the blessing of all students, staff, classrooms, and offices through a heartfelt mass and prayers. This tradition serves as a beautiful reminder that education isn’t just about acquiring knowledge; it’s also about nurturing the soul and fostering a sense of community. As students and faculty gather together for this sacred occasion, they are reminded of the values that underpin their pursuit of knowledge, such as unity, wisdom, and empathy.

Priest during consecration
Priest during consecration

The blessings bestowed upon the university’s students and staff during this ceremony are a testament to the institution’s commitment to their holistic development. It sets a positive tone for the academic year ahead, instilling a sense of purpose and spiritual grounding that will guide everyone through the challenges and triumphs of the upcoming year filled with opportunities for students to expand their knowledge, engage in research, and develop practical skills. The campus is buzzed with excitement as students from various programs are returning to their studies, eager to embark on their educational journeys.

Offering time during mass
Offering time during mass

BUIB’s commitment to providing a safe and conducive learning environment was evident in the measures put in place to address health and safety concerns.
One of the most noteworthy achievements of Biaka University Institute of Buea in 2023 is its recognition as the best private higher institution in Cameroon. This prestigious ranking reflects the university’s unwavering dedication to academic excellence, research, and innovation.

Students in Praise and Worship mode
Students in Praise and Worship mode

The commitment of the university’s faculty and staff, combined with the hard work and determination of its students, has culminated in this remarkable recognition. BUIB continues to raise the bar for private higher education in Cameroon and beyond, setting a shining example for other institutions to follow.
With its five schools catering to diverse fields of study, a strong commitment to safety, and a well-deserved reputation as the best private higher institution in Cameroon, BUIB is poised to provide an exceptional educational experience for all its stakeholders.

The future is bright for BUIB, and it is ready to shape the next generation of leaders and professionals who will contribute to the development of Cameroon and the world as BUIB understands that education is not just about academic achievement but also about nurturing the spirit, and this tradition exemplifies their dedication to fostering a well-rounded, meaningful educational experience for all who walk through their doors.



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