Yaounde (National Times)-The Douala University College of Technology has been classified as the best of establishments in Cameroon’s state universities for the 2018 academic year.
Results in this light were made public Monday October 22 during a meeting in Yaounde chaired by Cameroon’s higher education minister Professor Jacques Fame Ndongo. Vice Chancellors and Rectors of other state Universities answered present.
The institution won a cash prize of FCFA 150 million. The Faculty of Letters and Social Sciences of the University of Dschang came second as the National Advanced School of Engineering of the University of Maroua finished third. These runners up received cash prizes worth FCFA 100 million and FCFA 50 million respectively.
The classification was done based on five criteria comprising; research policies, training policies, life at university, school or establishment, social responsibility, and management.
But stakeholders have vowed to revise the evaluation strategy in order to obtain a fairer classification, arguing that different institutions handling unrelated courses may not follow the same criteria.
Curiously, no institution from Anglophone Cameroon made it to the top three. And some pundits could attribute it partly to the current crisis plaguing the two regions of Former British Southern Cameroons.
The unrest that started in 2016 has destabilised the learning environment, with some courses reportedly taught on WhatsApp groups instead of the classroom.