Brother James Gaffney, FSC, President, recently hosted a luncheon meeting to discuss possible initiatives to assist the fledgling St. Jerome Catholic University of Douala which was opened in October, 2010 in Cameroon, Africa, by the Archdiocese of Douala. Cardinal Christian Tumi, Archbishop Emeritus of Douala, was the guest of honor at the luncheon that was arranged by Professor Humphrey Abeh of the Aviation and Transportation Department. Also in attendance were Dr. Jan Mines, Academic Associate to Provost and Dr. Rami Khasawneh, Dean, College of Business, as well as Professor Abeh.
St. Jerome Catholic University has enjoyed significant growth since it opened two years ago with just 300 students enrolled in two programs: Applied Management Studies and the Higher Institute of Religious and Social Sciences. The coeducational institution today enrolls more than 1,000 students, most studying undergraduate and graduate business with some in a new applied technology program which focuses on engines and maintenance. Classes began while university officials continued work on a detailed academic program and strategic plans for development.
Among the challenges at St. Jerome are the pedagogical development of the faculty, as well as digital resources for the library. Faculty are being recruited from Europe and the United States, with many coming for several weeks at a time or participating in online courses. Semesters at St. Jerome are scheduled from October to February and again from March to July, although graduate courses can be eight weeks or as short as two weeks, depending on the topic and teacher. Faculty may teach in either English or French.
Cardinal Tumi noted that the new university is seeking partnerships with Catholic universities in the United States (including DePaul University and Lewis University) to enrich certain of its programs and activities. Admission is non-denominational, but the institutional values are Christian. University officials note that St. Jerome Catholic University will echo the “mission of all universities—teaching, research and service.”
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At the meeting to discuss St. Jerome Catholic University in Cameroon were: Dr. Jeanette Mines, Academic Associate to the Provost; Dr. Rami Khasawneh, Dean of the College of Business at Lewis University; Cardinal Christian Tumi, Archbishop Emeritus, Archdiocese of Duala in Cameroon; Brother James Gaffney, FSC, President of Lewis University; Professor Humphrey Abeh, Lewis Aviation; Rev. Michel Tchoumbou of Cameroon and a guest from Minnesota.