Buea has many professional institutions despite its small size. The university of Buea has greatly influenced the opening of these institutions since the professional programs it offers are highly competitive and very few students gain admission. With these professional schools in Buea, many students sort to choosing and no more worrying if they will be admitted.
Professionalism has come to solve the too formal and general system of education. Professionalism is the competence or skills expected of a professional or it is the conduct, aims or qualities that characterize or make someone a professional. There has been a rapid increase in the number of professional schools in Buea since 2010 till date Buea which is the capital of the South West region of Cameroon, located in Fako Division and at the foot of mount Cameroon, has an estimated number of 17 professional Higher institutes. This rapid increase in the number of professional schools in Buea have pushed the University of Buea to also professionalize some of its field of studies.
Below is a list of all profession schools in Buea and what they offer.
Please take note the order in which the list of professional schools in Buea has appeared on our website is by no way a classification in any form; we choose randomly and write without following any particular order. The list below also reflect information about schools we have been so far able to gather sufficient information about, hence the list shall be update regularly as we obtain new information.
HIGHER INSTITUTE OF PROFESSIONAL STUDIES (HIPS)
HIPS is a professional school that offers ND, HND, HPD and BSc in banking and finance, accountancy, entrepreneurship and innovation, executive secretariat studies, human resource management, marketing, management, insurance, transport and logistics and public administration. This private university awards brilliant students with scholarships to study in Britain and some capital to start a business .Their degrees are awarded by the lone state university of Buea . Applicants are required to have a pass of at least two subjects at the GCE A levels. The Main campus is located at Bokwai while the second campus is located at Sosoliso, Molyko( infinity building). CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE
CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY INSTITUTE OF BUEA CUIB
The Catholic university institute of Buea is a mission professional institution with its unique values. It is a christian entrepreneurial university and aims at training professionals with spiritual and moral values. It first opened it doors to the first batch of students in September 2010 and has continue keeping and outstanding reputation for it prepares students to be job seekers and not job searchers. It offers the following courses; accountancy, agriculture, business, chemistry, engineering, banking and finance, IT, management, marketing and security. Their initial fee stands at 394,990FCFA. It is located in Molyko, beside Charles Lwanga parish and a few meters away from GTHS Molyko. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE
BIAKA UNIVERSITY INSTITUTE
BIAKA university wa opened by Dr Lawrence Francis Tonye Biaka to train medical personnels. It has the following post graduate programs; nursing education and administration, nursing informatics, geriatric nursing, mental health nursing, health promotion and community health education, family health nursing, medical parasitology and microbiology, chemical pathology, haematology and blood banking, pharmaceutical herbology, public health and biostatistics, nutrition and dietetics. It is located at Biaka junction, Molyko.
HIGHER INSTITUTE OF BUSINESS MANAGEMENT AND TECHNOLOGY HIBMAT
HIBMAT offers professional courses to students at higher levels. It has a partnership with the university of Bamenda and some international universities. There are BTech, HND MBA and BSc programs in management, marketing, banking and finance, accounting and finance, human resource management,, transport and logistics management, engineering, executive secretariat studies, public service and administration, insurance, tourism and hotel management. It has two campuses, A located at check point, opposite the statium and B located at Bokova road, HIBMAT street.
HIGHER INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT STUDIES HIMS
This is a private higher education institution which is fast developing .It specializes in business studies and trains candidates for the HND in in accountancy, banking and finance, management and marketing. Students can also follow professional degree programs . The initial fee stands at 391,743fcfa. It is located behind Garden Park, Molyko.
JSF Polytechnic is a higher institution dedicated to providing 21st century entrepreneurship skills for students. They offer both HND and degree programs. Student can study accountancy, business and finance, insurance, marketing, management, architecture, design, journalism, logistics, media and executive secretariat studies. The main fee of JSF Polytechnic is 181,262fcfa. It is located at Miss Bright junction, Bomaka.
FOMIC POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY
Fomic polytechnic university is currently running schools; the school of business, engineering and the school of medical biomedical sciences both equipped with ultra-modern facilities and a dynamic teaching staff. It offers HND PROGRAMS and even MBA MSC programs in partnership with the university of Bamenda and the Swiss management center university of Switzerland. It has a main campus at FOMIC street Great Soppo and campus B at Sand Pit. Their tuition fee runs from 325,000frs to 525,000frs.
SAINT MONICA HIGHER INSTITUTE
This is an American international university offering career focused programs in arts, agriculture, nursing, information technology, business administration, engineering technology, medical laboratory, petroleum geology, clinical psychology, communication and law. It is noted for its high quality education and high fees as some programs amount to 1millionfrs for its training. It is located at Kumba road, Bulu.
HIGHER INSTITUTE OF APPLIED MEDIC HIAMS AL SCIENCE
HIAMS trains in all areas of life like diagnostic medical sciences, medical technology, nursing and physiotherapy, agriculture and foods processing, banking and finance, accountancy, audio-visual and cinematography, engineering, tourism, insurance, hospital management. It is located at Lysoka road, Malingo street. Standard fee stands at 391,743frs.
FOTABE ENTREPREPEURIAL LEADERSHIP ACADEMY
They offer training programs which trains company executives at all level like vocational programs, foundation program, leadership forum etc. It is located at Mile 17.
COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY
It trains technicians and it is part of the University of Buea, though it requires a special entrance examination. Students who wish to enroll in the college of technology must have passed Mathematics in the GCE A levels. COT opens its doors every academic year for brilliant students who sit in for a competitive entrance examination before admission.
CAMEROON OPPORTUNITIES INDUSTRIALISATION CENTER COIC
OIC is the most renowned vocational training school in the whole of the south west region. It is a human resource non-profit making organization created with the aim of improving lives. It has a cheap cost of training. They teach young people and job seekers welding, driving, hotel catering, building construction, auto mechanics, furniture construction, plumbing and electricity, information technology.
ICOF GLOBAL UNIVERSITY COLLEGE
ICOF Global University College offers ND, HND and BSc in networking, management, music, marketing, banking and finance, hardware engineering, software development, office secretariat studies, social works, theology, and international relation. It enables students to develop knowledge and skills necessary to achieve their professional goals. It is located opposite Bulu Blind junction. Interested students should have a pass of at least 2 subjects in the GCE A levels.
_NATIONAL SCHOOL OF PENITENTIARY ADMINISTRATION
_PLEROMA BILINGUAL INSTITUTE OF NURSING AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES
_PARAKLETE INSTTUTE OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND ARTS
_ICOF GLOBAL UNIVERSITY COLLEGE
And the list continues.
WHY PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION?
Years before professional education was introduced, many people go to school and have master’s degree and even PHD but at the end, they have nothing to show for it. Some of them could not even defend these certificates in the job market. But with the coming or introduction of professional schools in Buea, students acquire skills before they can even graduate. Others use these same skills acquired in school to further their education and to also fend for themselves. A good example is OIC Vocational Training Center Buea, which focuses on skill acquisition and only principles of general studies.
With professional schools in Buea, students are sent on internship placements by their school for at least 1 month to the field of their studies. This gives students the ability to implement that which have been studied in class, in the field, and after graduation, some of them are retained by their respective companies. A good example is a logistic student carrying out internship at the Douala sea or airport.
With the rising % of unemployment, students face a lot of difficulties getting a job after graduation. Professional schools have helped to reduce the congestion in the job market. Students become self-employed after graduation because of the entrepreneurial skills impacted in them while in professional schools. A good example is, fashion and designing etc.
Having a professional educational background gives one a superiority complex in the job market as compared to someone from the general system of education. Most professional schools in Buea study those simple things that adds quality to an employee, which is ignored in the general system of education. Some of these includes;
-Principles of Management, principles of accounting etc even if you are not a management or accounting student.
Professional schools in Buea have built a network around the world in which students graduating from these schools, are exposed to the worlds job market. Schools like Rome Business School which often send logistics and marketing students to Dubai for internship, and end up hosting them in foreign job markets. A good example is BIAKA UNIVERSITY. Most of these professional schools are affiliated to foreign professional institution, whose certificates are known and recognized worldwide.
LAPSES OF PROFESSIONAL SCHOOLS IN BUEA
In as much as professional schools are noted for excellence and professionalism, most students are limited from studying in these prestigious schools because of the extremely high tuition fee involved. They prefer going to the University of Buea whose tuition is 50.000frs CFA, then paying 1.2million CFA in a professional like PAN AFRICAN INSTITUDE as tuition fee.
Also, students prefer spending 3 years in the University of Buea to obtain their degree, then spending 4 years in a professional school to obtain that same degree. They consider it as time wastage.
Aside from these two main lapses, professional schools are good. If the government can step in to subsidies the fee of these schools or implement professionalism in the University of Buea, it will help to upgrade or increase the productivity rate in the job market. Since there will be high rate of competition because of professionalism. This will go as far as increasing output and revenue.