The University of Bamenda (UBa) is a distinctive anglo-saxon university with future international
reputation for higher standards of achievements and innovations in all areas of professionalism, arts,
sciences and technology. If you are looking for a life-changing experience that will equip you with the
knowledge and skills you will need to meet the future with confidence, we are sure that you will find it
in UBa. As a graduate or postgraduate student in UBa, you will study in modern surroundings that boast
exceptionally well-equipped studios, workshops and facilities.
The University of BAMENDA was created by Decree n° 2010/371 of the 14th December 2010. The last of
the eight state Universities in Cameroon as primary concern, to achieve the goals attributed to all
the state Universities which include:
The mission of UBa is to equip students with universal knowledge in the arts, sciences and
technology. It strives to imbue in the students an overt spirit, reflective of critical and
constructive thinking, spontaneous to initiatives and enterprise.
The university, to this end, brings the students to sanity as they imbibe, exchange and value ideas
within a context of moral integrity and associative life. Its critical agenda is to pursue personal
and collegial excellence in teaching, training, research and outreach in the spirit of the
Anglo-Saxon tradition without sacrificing the advantages of cultural dialogue.
The learning experience which the university provides to students is the basis upon which students
should demonstrate responsible leadership and subscribe to the core values of intellectual insurance
responsive to the exigencies of the contemporary environment.
The university, conscious of the dynamic character of science and technology, will continue to
strive for innovation in its quest to meet with the ramified demands of our contemporary times.
Inspired by different religions and leadership qualities of some leaders, students in UBa are guided
by the following eight core values and principles of transformation:
The history of The University of Bamenda is inextricably linked to that of the Cameroon College of
Arts, Science and Technology (CCAST) and Ecole Normale Supérieure Annex (ENSAB) Bambili. The
University of Bamenda germinated out of a local initiative hatched in 1962 following reforms in the
Educational Policy of West Cameroon. The process was facilitated by the then Prime Minister and
later Vice President of the Federal Republic of Cameroon Dr. John Ngu Foncha. Foncha’s vision rested
on the standard of higher learning reflective of the Nigerian Colleges of Arts, Science and
Technology (NCAST). This wish was even more urgent because by 1961, the number of university
graduates was grossly inadequate to cope with the senior staff demands of the new nation state.
There were slightly over twenty university graduates in the Southern Cameroons by 1962 and the top
civil service jobs by dint of this limitation were dominated by expatriates, mostly Nigerians and
It was in dire need to allay this problem that the West Cameroon Government through its Education
Policy Paper of July 1963 envisaged CCAST as a future college of the Federal University of Cameroon
created in 1962. In the context of the imagination, it was to assume the status of an American
Junior College or the English Polytechnic. This dream was somehow constrained by logistics and human
resources. This perhaps explains why in 1963 when CCAST was transferred from its temporary site at
GTTC Kumba to Bambili, USAID came in to lend support to firmly establish the institution, especially
in the Science Department. This took place under the auspices of Dr. David Laird, USAID Adviser on
Education, and Dr. William Stanley, Adviser on Science of Education. Mr. H. O. H. Vernon Jackson
from the United States became the pioneer Principal. The USAID ground breaking mission was quite
brief (1962 to 1963). Mr. Sylvester Dioh stands out prominent as one of the key Cameroonian figures
in the early development of CCAST Bambili. In December 1963, CCAST was transferred to its present
site in Bambili and Dioh appointed as Principal.
Between 1964 and 1966, landmark initiatives took place in CCAST which inaugurated the
forty-three years (1967-2010) march towards an Anglo-Saxon styled University of Bamenda. Early
in 1964 when Mr. (and later Dr.) Elias M. Nwana assumed interim responsibility as Principal of
CCAST while Dioh went abroad for further studies, they thought it prudent to allay the acute
dearth of trained teachers in Anglophone Cameroon secondary schools by giving a one-year
pedagogic training to GCE A-Level holders to equip them with contents and aptitudes to teach in
secondary schools. Besides, it was also a unique opportunity for Grade II teachers who were
admitted along with secondary school leavers to prepare themselves for entry into universities.
In 1966, the initiative was put in place and an Advanced College of Education attached to the
then CCAST Bambili was initiated. A dozen students were enrolled to take the course.
In spite of this initial mobilisation, the program did not take-off successfully because the
Government stopped the scheme.
In 1967, the Government through Ministerial Decision No. 38 of September 13, 1967 created an
annex of the Advanced Teacher Training College, (ENS) Yaounde, the School of Education of the
Federal University of Cameroon specialised in the training of teachers. In accordance with the
text creating the school, three programs (series) were opened.
The 1967 decision establishing this institution stipulated that ENS Annex Bambili (ENSAB) would
be jointly administered with CCAST. In this arrangement, the Principal of CCAST acted as
Director-Delegate of ENSAB. It was in this context that Mr. Dioh cumulated the functions of
Principal of CCAST and pioneer Director-Delegate of ENSAB from 1967 to 1970. After Mr. Dioh, six
other Director-Delegates piloted the affairs of the institution. These in chronological order
From September 1967 to December 14, 2010 when the President of the Republic announced the
creation of The University of Bamenda, many developments took place, the most significant of
which was the ever increasing yearly intake and number of graduates the institution annually
produced. Appreciating that ENSAB has come of age especially in terms of the student enrolment
and the ever pressing need for higher learning opportunities in the region, the President’s 14
December 2010 solemn pronouncement of; “I am pleased to announce to you the creation of The
University of Bamenda” during the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Armed Forces at the
Grandstand in Bamenda drew inexpressive euphoria from the length and breadth of the North West
Region. Before this historic proclamation, the Higher Education setting in Bambili had just
undergone some transformation. In 2009, Ministerial Decision No. 000009/MINESUP/ of 27 March
2009 by Prof. Jacques Fame Ndongo, Minister of Higher Education, brought drastic reforms in
ENSAB. The institution was given a full-fledged status with the creation of 18 departments
integrating training for general and technical education teachers for secondary schools. The
pioneer head of this new phase was Prof. Gwanfogbe Mathew Basung, hitherto the Director-Delegate
of ENSAB assisted by Dr Lukong Keneth Mengnjo. Meanwhile following Decree No. 2010/372 of 14
December 2010 creating The University of Bamenda, ENSAB was divided into two professional
Teacher Training Schools; Higher Teacher Training College (HTTC), to train teachers of Secondary
General Education and Higher Technical Teacher Training College (HTTTC), to train teachers of
Secondary Technical Education. The two schools were piloted by Prof. Gwanfogbe Mathew Basung and
Dr. Lukong Keneth Mengnjo as Acting Directors respectively, positions they held till October
2011 when the pioneer Vice Chancellor was installed.
It is worth mentioning that the March 8, 2011 decree organising The University of Bamenda
contained 96 articles which inter alia highlighted the Anglo-Saxon character (art.1) of the
University and proposed six faculties and five schools (art.49) to go operational within the
ambit of the resources available.
On Friday September 30, 2011, Professors Mvogo Dominique and Tafah Edward Oki Edokat were
appointed by the Head of State respectively as Pro-Chancellor and Vice Chancellor of the
University of Bamenda. On Monday 3 October 2011, they were formally commissioned into office by
the Minister of Higher Education and Chancellor of Academic Orders, Prof. Jacques Fame Ndongo,
as the pioneer Pro-Chancellor and Vice Chancellor respectively of The University of Bamenda. As
a mode of procedure to establish a working agenda for an effective take-off of the university,
the Vice Chancellor summoned two Senate meetings on 18 October 2011 and 1 March 2012
respectively. These culminated in the convening of the First University Council by the
Pro-Chancellor on 2 March 2012 where landmark resolutions were taken to guide the operational
framework of the University.
Earlier in December 2011, a Ministerial decision appointed the University officials from the
ranks of Deputy Vice Deans, Heads of Division, Heads of Department and some Chiefs of Service.
These personnel were commissioned on 21 December 2011 to their respective posts of
responsibility. Closely associated with this development was the recruitment of 102 Assistant
Lecturers from varied disciplines and some Administrative Assistants within the framework of the
Presidential 25.000 recruitment scheme and numerical replacement of lecturers.
In 2012 new steam was injected into the University’s administration with the appointment of
Deputy Vice Chancellors, the Registrar, Deans and Directors of Schools and Faculties.
There is no gain saying that the University of Bamenda, one of the 8 State universities
currently existing bloomed out not only from the CCAST complex vision as well as from the ENSAB
idea, but more importantly, emerged from the deliberate design of the Head of State, President
Paul Biya who created the University “not merely to recount what has been but also to share in
moulding what should be” – The University of the Future, we dare say.