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2 Dec

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UB to Showcase its potentials

10 Oct

Tomorrow Thursday 11 October, 2012 has been slated for the University of Buea open day. The various Faculties and Schools on campus will use this avenue to exhibit what they have to offer. The event is open to the entire public.

Departmental, Faculty Ex-co Urged Lead by Example

8 Oct

ImageAshu HaiShammy , University of Buea Students’ Union (UBSU) President.


UBSU President, Ashu HaiShammy, today 7 October 2012, called Faculty and Departmental Presidents to lead by example and be the first to pay their dues.

He was speaking to the Board of student executives at a meeting in the Amphi 250, scheduled to kickoff the dues collection process for the year 2012-2013.


UB Releases Undergraduate Admissions List One: Are You Chosen?

28 Sep

The University of Buea has departed from the age-long tradition of posting lists on walls and have published the first undergraduate admissions list 2012/2013 school year. Check it out by simply clicking this link Below:

2012/2013 Undergraduate admissions list one

Mbella Moki Commits to Demolish All Drinking Spots in University Streets

24 Sep


Buea Lord Mayor, Charles Mbella Moki  says he will spare no efforts to completely eradicate bars and off-licenses within a certain distance from the University of Buea Premises.

He says the council has the responsibility to give Buea a facelift and that it is part of the council authority’s duty to streamline their programme and approach to urban development.

“We are not building a town of drunkards, neither do we want to colour our streets with bars and off-licenses. There must be an image which reflects the true Buea – a Buea that is orderly, one which the commonwealth of every individual is associated with their behaviour.”

He adds that, there has been a dire need expressed by the University for the Council to intervene in the situation. And that he has no apologies for anybody on that.

He reveals that the challenges in demolition were enormous as they had to deal with the people’s reactions, who could hardly understand their actions. And he calls on the good right – thinking people of Buea to support the Council in making Buea a beautiful city, not too long from now.

Read Complete Interview in the September 24, edition of The Post Newspaper. Page 5

UB Provides Email Subscription for Students

20 Sep

UB attempts to get students on the fast lane of Information and Communications Technology, is becoming more of a reality. The UB official website, ubea.net   has a new link to UB Mail; powered by Google.

Apparently, this will be a new platform for student-administration communications. This Email service is powered by Google. I can’t really tell on the criteria for subscription now, because it provides but only a sign in form. The domain code is; @ubuea.cm

Soft Drinks Compete For Consumers’ Palates

20 Sep

ImageCompetition is a clear feature of every free economy; as is the case with the top providers of soft drinks in Cameroon: Brasseries du Cameroun and Source Du pays (SP), trying to gain the palates of prospective soft drink consumers.

An analysis on the market situation reveals trends in what we would like to term, cut-throat competition between these two companies.

First, Supermont Company, previously solely engaged in the production of bottled water, went temporarily absent in the market, for much but speculated reasons. 

Until last year, the Lebanese Company, Source du Pays, took over Supermont water, obtained a licence and introduced four new soft drink brands.

These new brands are seen to compete directly with brewery giant Brasseries du Cameroun soft drink brands. They equally introduced a new bottle size, 0.35 litres in addition to existing sizes of Brasseries du Cameroun. These sizes were more affordable to consumers.

The coming of SP drinks saw a sharp shortage in Brasseries du Cameroun soft brands during the past year. SP products have secured a larger share of the market, as put forward by Vincent, soft drink retailer, Malingo Street, Buea.

This new company, is estimated to have made over FCFA 27 million from the just past University Games in Buea. The increasing demand for SP products has sparked a stiff competition in the soft drink market.

Recently, SP introduce new brands to counter the rest of Brasseries du Cameroun soft beverages. Brasseries du Cameroun has equally reacted by introducing 0.35 litre bottle sizes for their soft brands and adopted more aggressive sale techniques.

Brasseries du Cameroun in a bid to promote these new sizes, have launched a sales promotion campaign in Douala and Yaoundé, offering a free 0.5 l soft drink for every 1.5 litre bottle bought. They have equally reduced the price of small coca-cola (glass bottles) from FCFA 300 to FCFA 200.

Also, they have placed hostesses at most sales points for soft drinks, create awareness and to convince prospective soft drink consumers to purchase Brasseries du Cameroun products

The Post sampled the opinions of some soft drink consumers in the Molyko community, Buea, on their preferences for both company brands.

Respondents showed preferences in both company brands, even though affinity for SP brands slightly went above those of Brasseries du Cameroun.

A consumer of soft drinks who consumes both brands says she prefers Bubble Up to Sprite a similar Brasseries du Cameroun product. She also prefers Fanta and Coca Cola to Planet and American Cola.

Another consumer says he drinks Reaktor a Source du Pays product which is an energy drink for energy but does not consume American Cola and Bubble Up because to him they taste like water mixed with sugar.

Another consumer says he has no special preference between both products but prefers Bubble Up to Sprite because it is softer in taste.

A consumer goes ahead to say that she does not drink coke because she was told it is not healthy for women but not know why but drinks other brands of soft drinks.

Some buyers of the drinks do not consume them they buy for their families or friends and so their choice mostly depend on what is available or whatever the sales person give them.

By Oben Carl A. Image

Prof. Mbarika, President, ICT University Initiative (ICT-U) – Letter to Cameroonians

19 Sep
Dear Cameroonians and Members of the Diaspora,

Victor Wacham A. Mbarika , Ph.D.

President, The ICT University Initiative (ICT-U)

On August 3, 2012, Cameroon’s “The POST” Newspaper published an article announcing the launch of United States-based ICT University in Cameroon. The ICT University has over 5,000 students in its degree and certificate programs. As President of this fairly new institution, it is my honor to invite you to visit the website of the University: www.ictuniversity.org. Take a step further to encourage your relatives in Cameroon to earn their degrees at The ICT University (The American University in Cameroon). Prof. Sammy Beban Chumbow, former Rector/Vice Chancellor, is heading this effort in Cameroon. He is one of Cameroon’s most respected intellectuals, in addition to having completed tenures as DVC of the University of Buea, VC/Rector of the University of Yaoundé I, the University of Dschang and the University of Ngaoundéré, and Vice President of the Cameroon Academy of Sciences.

Attached is the brochure detailing all the ICT University programs and the application form. The ICT University Programs range from Bachelor’s to PhD. The ICT University is recognized by the Ministry of Higher Education in Cameroon. The ICT network of national universities spans several institutions including the University of Yaoundé I, the University of Buea and the Evangelical University in Banjoun.

We will be running a great placement program to position students and recent graduates for jobs, as well as entrepreneurial training to enable them create their own jobs. Members of the diaspora interested in pursuing their Masters or Ph.D. can also apply to certain programs offered online. Although most of the programs are onsite, there are a few full graduate degree programs offered online. You get the advantage of paying much less than you would have to, to study in the developed world. Furthermore, you and all our students receive superior quality education from faculty members trained at the best Universities worldwide. This is the same for our onsite programs where faculty members teach from the US and Europe via Video Conferencing with the Yaoundé campus. The technology we employ allows students to interact with the Professors with questions and comments in real time. Our courses are progressive, flexible and benchmarked against the world’s best.

Visit the website and consider applying or have your family and friends based in Cameroon to apply (www.ictuniversity.org).

I am also attaching an application for partial scholarships for The Cameroon Program only. Some of these scholarships are funded by private foundations supporting The ICT University initiative in Cameroon.

Please provide wide circulation of this information through your social networks, association email lists, village groups, and through any other means possible. Better education will be the source of manpower that will move Cameroon into the ranks of emerging nations. The ICT University – Cameroon is here to help fill that void.


Prof. V. Mbarika


Victor Wacham A. Mbarika , Ph.D.

President, The ICT University Initiative (ICT-U)… www.ictuniversity.org

Houston Alumnae Endowed Professor

Mayor’s Sledge hammer falls on Dacrown Snack Bar

19 Sep

In preparation of the Reunification Commemoration in Buea, Lord Mayor, Mbella Moki Charles has ordered that all shops or bars by the road with extentions, be brought down.

Students’ favorite relaxation edifice, Dacrown snack has fallen prey to the Mayors actions, as well as many others along the busy streets of Molyko.

Cleanup of the town has equally commenced seriously, and there are now more visible signs of a coming event.

We’ll keep you posted.

UB online revolution

19 Sep

The University of Buea, has embarked on an “Online Revolution”, whereby most if not all administrative work is done without physical interactions. This started in 2010 with the introduction of online registration for courses.

Difficulties faced during the last two years, raised doubts as to whether or not the process will carrying on in the coming years.      With the coming of new Vice-Chancellor, everything is done in electronic format. E-Registration, E-admissions, E-fees payment, etc