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Tuesday, 1 December 2020

2020/2021 matriculation ceremony: ICT University Keeps Promise, Awards Scholarships To Cameroonian Students

Beneficiaries of the scholarship included some members of families that were victims of Kumba school massacre, some virtually impaired students from “Club des Jeunes Aveugles Rehabilites du Cameroun”, CJARC, loosely translated to mean Cameroon Club for Young Rehabilitated Blind and others selected from across the national territory by officials of the Ministry of Higher Education, MINESUP. 
Cross-section of matriculated freshmen and academic staff
Officials of the Information and Communication Technology University, ICT-U, have kept to their promise and awarded scholarships to some Cameroonians students drawn from across the national territory. 

The names of the laureates were disclosed to the public Monday 30 November 2020 by the President of the Board of Trustees of the prestigious institution, Prof Victor Mbarika. 
Freshmen take matriculation oath
Prof Mbarika revealed the names via videoconference from the USA while addressing both the new students, parents, government officials, diplomats and others who turned out on the Cameroon campus site in Yaounde. 

It was on the occasion of the matriculation ceremony of the 2020/2021 batch of newly admitted students. The scholarship award falls is in line with recent promise Prof. Mbarika made to the Prime Minister, Head of Government, during an audience in Yaoundé. 

The beneficiaries included three students from families that were victims of the recent Kumba school massacre, some virtually impaired students from CJARC and others selected nationwide by officials of the Ministry of Higher Education. 

Prof. Victor Mbarika promising to award scholarships to Cameroon's PM

He particularly condemned the attack on innocent students in Kumba whose only crime was to seek for education and said having been touched by the gruesome incident, his institution and partners thought it wise to give the opportunity to some members of the affected families to be trained at their campus for free and realise the dreams of their love ones who were brutally murdered. 

In his address to the freshmen, ICT-U Vice Chancellor, Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Anyambod Anya, revealed that aside the introduction of scholarship the, the university has also created a Francophone section for students from French-speaking parts of the country despite being an American University that strictly follows the Anglo-Saxon system of education. 

ICT-U VC, Rev. Prof. Anyambod Emmanuel addressing students 

The novelty, he revealed, is to fit within Cameroon’s bilingual context and vision of the Head of State through the recently enacted law on the promotion of both official languages. 

He said it is their wish to see the admitted French-speaking students become perfectly bilingual upon graduation from the institution. He expressed delight welcoming the new students on the campus and thanked their parents for choosing to invest in them. 

He stated that the future, progress, and prosperity of the world is guaranteed by youth and pledged that the institution will remain committed to its goal of building youths for the future. 

Prof Anyambod challenged the students to among other things think about their future in all they do while on ICT-U campus, believe in their dreams, be daring and take initiatives that would permit them to be their own bosses upon graduation. 

Newly admitted students 
He used the ceremony to call on the Minister of Higher Education to extend President Paul Biya’s gesture of free laptops to students of the higher education family to ICT-U students and appealed on the ministry to lobby for the complete tarring of the road and construction of a wooden bridge leading to the university from the where the institution has ended tarred and ended.  

Njong Eric Njong, an architect by profession and CEO of Buns Cameroon in his academic discourse which hinged on professionalism and ICT in the business world as well as techniques of overcoming challenges, urged the students to be competent, knowledgeable, ethically sound and have the ability to learn fast as characteristics that can help them to become professionals. 
Njong Eric Njong, dishing our advises to students in his academic discourse 
He underscored the importance of ICT experts in companies to the freshmen and the wealth of opportunities for those who will emerge competent. He challenged them to be focus, methodic, be able to take on new challenges, look deeper into issues, create new knowledge and above all remain discipline throughout their study.  

The matriculation ceremony unfolded under the watchful eyes of the Director of Academic Coordination at the Ministry of Higher Education, Prof Fongod Augustina, who, hailed ICT-U for putting up the state-of-the-art structure to train Cameroonians in the domain of ICTs.
Prof. Fongod Augustina, Representative of the Minister of a Higher Education 
The Minister’s representative also lauded the creation of the Francophone section on the campus, which she said fully ties with the country’s drive to promote both languages. 

Prof Fongod said the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic made every aspect of life to almost go digital, thereby teaching government the lessons that investing on youth in the ICT sector is a major area that has to be harnessed.  

About ICT-U
The institution operates a purely US-based curriculum to provide quality ICT and Managerial Human Capacity Development specially targeted for Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean and Asia with aim to impose itself as premier destination for research, innovation and training of scholars relevant for the context of developing economies. 
Academic staff 
It has multiple campuses and does not only offer degrees in ICTs but imparts knowledge of ICTs in all academic disciplines it offers with a plethora of programmes at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels, including diploma and certification programs, that offer a dynamic and flexible learning environment that inspires innovation and creativity.

By Doh Bertrand Nua

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