During the January 2022 ministerial council held this week, the Minister of State for Higher Education (Minesup) Jacques Fame Ndongo presented the calendar for the start of academic activities at the new faculties in the State Universities of Garoua, Ebolowa, and Bertoua. These faculties were created by President Paul Biya.
It appears that all the universities will not start at the same time but gradually.
"We wish the Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences of the University of Ebolowa in Sangmelima will start in October 2022. Also, the Higher Institute of Wood, Water, Environment, and Agriculture of the University of Bertoua can start in October 2022, " said Jacques Fame Ndongo to state media CRTV.
The University of Garoua, on the other hand, will not start its activities for the next academic year. This does not mean that the university will remain in hibernation. The reason is that all the annexes previously hosted in Garoua, Ebolowa, and Bertoua are now full parts of the various universities they were housed in. For instance, as the Minesup recalls, the Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, which was an annex of the University of Ngaoudéré (but housed in the university of Garoua) is still operational and a full part of the university of Garoua.
As far as the budget of former annexes is concerned, it is now budgeted in the finances of their former housing universities. There is however a problem concerning the two universities that are supposed to start operations next October. To solve that problem, the Minesup calls for an intervention of the President of the Republic.
Let’s note that according to the Minesup, by the 2023-2024 academic year, all of the state universities created would become operational.
Michel Ange Nga