CAMEROON – The official graduation ceremony of the third batch of Master’s Degree students of the Pan African University Institute of Governance, Humanities and Social Sciences (PAUGHSS) took place in Cameroon on 31 March 2018, at the Yaounde Conference Centre.
The ceremony was honoured by the effective presence of the African Union Commissioner in charge of Human Resources, Science and Technology (HRST), Her Excellency Prof. Sarah Anyang Agbor as well as Cameroon’s Ministers of Higher Education, Professor Jacques Fame Ndongo, and Minister of External Relations, H.E. Lejeune Mbella Mbella, the Speaker of the Pan African Parliament, Honourable Roger Nkodo Dang and the President of the Conference of Rectors or Vice Chancellors of Cameroon State Universities, Professor Aurélien Sosso who doubles as Rector of the University of Yaounde I. Also in attendance were top officials of the host universities, notably: Professor Adolphe Minkoa She, Rector of the University of Yaounde II – Soa and host to the Governance and Regional Integration programmes; Professor Ngomo Horace Manga, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Buea and host to the Translation and Interpreting (PAUTRAIN) programmes. The ceremony saw the supportive presence of Professsor Matthew Abatan, Director of the PAU Institute for Life and Earth Sciences (PAULESI) from Ibadan, Nigeria, and Professor Magoma, Director of the PAU Institute for Basic Sciences, Technology and Innovation (PAUSTI) from Nairobi, Kenya. Moreover, the ceremony saw the active participation of the PAU Rectorate delegation, representatives of local authorities, diplomatic services as well as a host of enthusiastic students and parents.
Highlights of the ceremony included the following: opening speeches and statements, award of Degree certificates and prize award to the best students.
In her address, Prof. Sarah Anyang Agbor, on behalf of the Chairman of the African Union Commission (AUC), His Excellency Moussa Faki Mahamat, thanked Cameroon’s Head of State, H.E. President Paul Biya, for spearheading the training initiative by submitting an excellent application file to host both the Rectorate of the Pan African University and the Institute of Governance, Humanities and Social Sciences (PAUGHSS) in Cameroon. She described the Pan African University as the African Heads of State and Government’s dream to revitalize Africa through knowledge. She further commended the University of Yaounde II and the University of Buea for their momentous support to the training of the African elite. To the graduating students, she acknowledged their graduation as an undeniable achievement; however, she reminded them that their responsibility for the transformation of the African continent was a job yet to be done.
Speaking after the Commissioner, Cameroon’s Minister of External Relations presented the Pan African University as the culmination of a long institutional process in tune with the commitment of the African Union and Member States. He equally described the project as a translation of the continent’s determination to leverage knowledge for its development.
Cameroon’s Minister of Higher Education, on his part, expressed his gratitude to African Heads of State and Government for choosing Cameroon to host the PAU Rectorate and the PAU Institute of Governance, Science, Humanities and Social Sciences. He said he was particularly happy to observe that in 5 years, PAUGHSS offered training to students from about 40 African countries.
The second highlight of the ceremony was the graduation proper. In line with earlier statements by Professors Adolphe Minkoa She and Ngomo Horace Manga, Rector of the University of Yaounde II – Soa and Vice Chancellor of the University of Buea respectively, the Director of PAUGHSS, Professor Joseph Vincent Ntuda Ebode, reported on the graduation statistics; from the report, the 2018 graduating batch includes a total of 49 trainees distributed as follows:
- Translation and Interpreting programmes (University of Buea): 11
- Master in Translation: 5 graduating students, including 3 male and 2 female;
- Master in Conference Interpreting: 6 graduating students, including 4 male and 2 female.
- Governance and Regional Integration programmes (University of Yaounde II, Soa): 38
- Master in Governance: 21 graduating students, including 15 male and 6 female;
- Master in Regional Integration: 17 graduating students, including 9 male and 8 female;
The graduation ritual went on with the formal presentation of graduating students by the Director of PAUGHSS and, then, the conferment of the degree certificates successively by the Commissioner, the Minister of External Relations and the Minister of Higher Education. This ceremony ended with the award of prizes to three overall best students, all female.
For further information, please contact Dr Gilles Ogandaga, Senior Academic and Student Affairs Officer, OgandagaG@africa-union.org