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Inauguration speech at Royal University Centre, Bamenda, Cameroon (RUC), on Feb 21, 2011

Internationally the number of universities is growing. Some time from now we will have as many advanced schools as fast food restaurants, shopping centers and medical facilities.

The variety of services offered is continuously expanding. Gas stations turn into grocery stores, restaurants sell bycycles and automobile dealers attend to the travelers needs. Creating demand is the name of the game. Modern advertising is meant to sell what is not needed.

Why would universities be any different?

The cost of classical education is constantly rising. If an Institute wants to raise public attention it will have to invest. To raise sufficient funds the institute will have to start thinking economically and create sections that generate an income.

Local tradition combined with specific capabilities and experience could serve as a solid base for a unique selling point.

Concentration is an important factor. Instead of adding to variety you add to the focus. You meet modern economy's demand by supplying the market with an increasing amount of sufficiently trained students. Solid high quality education may sell better than a constantly growing variety of exotic courses. You learn that while you stick to the roots. RUC should head that way.

People trained here are going to be certificated as being part of the RUC project. RUC graduates have unsurpassed competency. As a unique selling point, they have been trained for the local environment, it's language and it's traditions.

RUC focuses on traditional medicine linked to appropriate technology. RUC focuses on projects linking theoretical perceptions with practical concerns.

Universities that are unable to offer certain services need to cooperate with other institutes. This way limited funds can efficiently be utilized without jeopardizing the quality of genuine specialization.

Regional cooperation is of greatest importance!

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At June 6, 2011 at 6:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Put out details about the university center and it website.

 

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