The University Experience in Cameroon: Between Tradition and Openness
Achille Elvice Bella
A close look at the different universities found in the former French zone of influence of the French Colonial Empire in black Africa, Cameroonian universities fully and structurally responded to the French university paradigm once inspired by Napoleon Bonaparte. From all indications, there is ample evidence that former students of the first Cameroonian university benefited enormously from it former and triple Negro-African, French and Anglo-Saxon heritage. Created immediately after independence, universities became centers through which global methods were used for the de-africanization of all universities. From then henceforth, universities became an indispensable actors of the Cameroonian diplomacy. Apart from the multilateral cooperations that proved to be so dynamic, the scientific and cultural know how of Cameroonian universities were thank to the exceptional leadership of talented men. The main objective of this article therefore is to bring to the limelight the various method used by Cameroonian universities to teach the general history of Cameroon within the post Mai 68 context, to enumerate available resources and information found in those institutions turning them to became veritable centers of acquiring knowledge. Keywords: Bilingualism, Cameroon, tradition, University.