UB Graduates 53 Pioneer Medical Doctors

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The University of Buea, UB, Saturday, December 15, passed out its first batch of medical doctors. The graduation of 53 medical doctors from UB’s Faculty of Health Sciences, recently, was the major highlight of the 17th Convocation ceremony that took place at the Open-Air Amphitheatre.

UB Vice Chancellor, Dr. Nalova Lyonga, said it was nothing else but a special ceremony, sending out the first batch of medical doctors, who have the options to either care for the people out there or kill them. She described the graduation ceremony of 3.406 graduates as a harvest out of the vineyard. “These graduates are predominantly of good quality,” she said.

Dr. Nalova lauded the support from MTN Cameroon, Orange Cameroon and those who introduced Endowment Prizes like that of Eric Ngwa, in memory of the pioneer Registrar of UB, Dr. Herbert Nganjo Endeley, who died in 2006 when the Medical School started, and Prof. Emmanuel Nges Chia who announced a memorial prize in honour of his late wife, Alice Chia, for the best student in Management. The Endowment Prizes will be awarded next year when they get mature.

The Secretary General of Cameroon Medical Council, Dr. Atangana Bidjocka, corroborated Nalova and other speakers by urging the pioneer medical students to be accountable and focussed in their newfound job of giving care and hope to humanity. UB Pro-Chancellor, Prof. Maurice Tchuente, representing the Minister of Higher Education, Prof. Jacques Fame Ndongo, announced that funds will be made available for the completion of the Faculty of Health Sciences buildings.

He handed over FCFA 3 million on behalf of the Minister for the UB Development Fund.

 He said construction of a permanent site for the Faculty of Engineering & Technology will soon begin on the UB campus. Tchuente praised the UB VC and her team for instilling good manners on campus and upholding the triple missions of UB – teaching, research and outreach.

The Professor of Mathematics highlighted Government’s intention to professionalise higher education, citing the good example of the Faculty of Health Sciences. While prescribing increasing dialogue and peace within the ranks of students, staff and the UB administration, Tchuente advised students and graduates of UB to be leaders and avoid to crash after the huge investments they have built over the years.

In a discourse on the theme; “Cameroonian University Of The 21st Century – The Economic Atmosphere”, Prof. Walinjom Muna said African universities should evolve from the post-colonial structures and get into the classic role of the university. He said graduates from universities of the 21st century should be able to market themselves and catch up fast with the new trends.

 

 

The Professor of Medicine, who has to his credit over 100 publications, told the graduates to strive for excellence and be proud of their background from UB, be proud as Cameroonians and Africans in general. Muna said Cameroon still has much to do in the development of the health sector, but he congratulated UB for making a significant contribution.

In his valedictory address, Fabrice Neba Abunde, best graduating student for the 2011/2012 academic year, with First Class Honours in Biochemistry and a Grade Point Average, GPA, of 3.74 on a scale of 4.0, said there is joy in success but it comes with hard work, self discipline and belief in God. “It is also about being at the right place at the right time,” he added. While he promised to be a good ambassador of UB like the rest of his fellow graduates, Neba raised the worry of inadequate infrastructure in the Faculty of Health Sciences.

 

By Walter Wilson Nana