Dschang – UDs/SIC – 02/12/2013.
The Rectorate of the University of Dschang on the 22nd of November 2013 was host to the High Commissioner of the Republic of South Africa. H.E. Ms Zanele Makina was received by an ever ready duty conscious Rector, Pr Anaclet Fomethe alongside key University officials. Present were, the Vice Rector in charge of Research, Cooperation and Relations with the Business World, Pr Chameni, the Secretary General, Pr Edande Abolo Marthe Isabelle, the Dean of the Faculty of Agronomy and Agricultural science, Pr Manjeli Yacouba, the Dean of the Faculty of Science, Pr Ghogomu Richard, among other key personalities.
In his welcome message, the Rector stated that he was honoured to receive the High Commissioner and share bilateral ideas geared towards the development of the two countries. He added that some staff of the University of Dschang study in some South African Universities and gave a brief history and management system of the University to the commissioner.
The South African High Commissioner said, she was pleased to be in Cameroon and in the University of Dschang in particular to share ideas in areas of cooperation in the field of agriculture and related sciences. She stated that the South African foreign Policy laid priority on African development first, to any other thing and as such the need to foster development with other African countries was imperative. The High Commissioner reiterated that there was a strong need to inculcate the importance of Agriculture to the youths and structure a partnership with renowned South African universities for a platform to share resources. She observed that, although Cameroon was potentially blessed with agricultural output, there was need to improve the Industrial Production sector. Issues like improve food crop production, human resource development, post harvest loss, and storage among others were discussed during the courtesy call.
A wonderful partnership was sealed as the Rector presented a special package to the high Commissioner to mark better ties with SA in the field of agriculture. It is believed that this familiarization visit would further help strengthen not just the relationship between the two counties, but further improve the Faculty of Agronomy and Agricultural science as there are future prospects for bilateral cooperation to boast growth of the prestigious University of Dschang./