Prof. Victor Mbarika

2021 ICT University Graduates Enjoined to be Humble, Creative, Committed

Over 300 graduates from The ICT University have been called upon to take advantage of opportunities at their disposal by being humble, creative, committed, prayerful, and be ready to work as a team.

The call was echoed by former Nigeria’s Political and Military Leader, Chief Olusegun Mathew Okikiola Aremu Obasanjo, GCFR, during the 2021 graduation ceremony and 6th Commencement ceremony that took place Saturday, July 31, 2021, at the Yaounde Conference Centre.

“…You must be mentally and psychologically prepared and must see opportunities for learning in other situations. Also your ability to scan the environment should be sharp enough to detect opportunities. You must be able to smell opportunities like a dog with an acute sense of smell…”

President Obasanjo told the students.

During his keynote address titled “The Hidden Processor for Success Beyond ICT Knowledge and Skills” President Olusegun Obasanjo, told the graduating students that humility is the ability of not thinking that they are the best, that it is lack of arrogance but to have an accurate view of themselves.

The Nigerian former leader was described during the occasion as a Global Advocate for Education, by Cameroon’s Minister of State, Minister of Higher Education, Prof. Jacques Fame Ndongo, who thanked him on behalf of President Paul Biya, for siding with the promoter of The ICT University to invest in Cameroon.

H.E. Jacques Fame Ndongo (Left) and H.E. Chief Olusegun Obasanjo (Right)

The Minister of State who represented Paul Biya, at the graduation ceremony was not indifferent with the students. To him, they are now ambassadors of the Cameroonian Higher Education System and Ambassadors of the ICT University in Africa and in the world.

“…as you take the journey into the job market and professional world, you should make your presence felt and make your teachers proud. You are all qualified to transform your respective countries and the world at large” He noted.

Out of the over 300 graduating students, 13 of them are PhD and they are from multiple countries based in Africa, Europe, Americas and Asia. It was their day and they did not hide their feelings.

“Being part of the ICT University was an enriching experience for me. It challenged me to work hard and leave my comfort zone. Through their competence base learning approach, I have been able to develop many tech-related skills, interact with peers and build a new perspective of self. Their technological standards have given me a new impetus and made me outstanding as I handle daily challenges. I say a big thank you for moulding a better me each day” Diangha Unity Nidum, BSc, BMS Department student told News Upfront.

For three years and more depending on the courses, training at The ICT University was up to standards to the satisfaction of all the graduates.

“The most remarkable experience I have had with The ICT University is research. It has been great to be in a University with a huge space for academic research on contemporary business and environmental issues. This excellent research background has built a good foundation for future development in my academic and professional journey” says Maimo Jovanny, IMBA, BMS Department.

Just like the former Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo, said, prayer has a place at the University institute as Chebonkeng Kingsley, BSC, ICT Department student told News Upfront.

“The ICT University is not just a University, but an educational cradle rooted in profound christian principles and values. This University has shown me how to approach daily situations with an open mindedness, and to anchor on the principles of the scriptures through their Cameroon Youth for Jesus (CYJ) Program.”

At the graduation ceremony, the promoter of The ICT University Prof. Victor Mbarika was praised for his investments in education and students.

“You are investing in the graduating students and all the other students that are in this institution. You are investing in their development, you are investing in their today for their family, you are investing in the today of this country and it’s progress and development.” President Olusegun Obasanjo told him.

“You choice to invest in Digital Education is now justified given that Covid-19 has shown some limits with the classical learning process.” Minister of State, Prof Jacques Fame Ndongo, told Prof Mbarika, during the ceremony.

The promoter of the Institution was overwhelmed with the praises and promised never to relent his efforts in that light.