African summer experience goes I-Tech

African summer experience goes I-Tech

Africa Study Abroad BU’s partnership with the University of Buea, which provides students an opportunity study and live in Cameroon and Ethiopia during the summer, will continue as President David Soltz and Vincent P.K. Titanji, vice chancellor of the University of Buea, recently signed an addendum to the Memorandum of Understanding between the two institutions.

The addendum identified specific areas of collaboration including student and faculty exchanges, practicum experience in Buea for BU elementary and early childhood education majors, and a partnership in instructional technology.

More than 300 University of Buea faculty and staff attended the signing ceremony, which was widely covered by Cameroon Radio, television and newspapers.

The ceremony concluded a three-day instructional technology seminar conducted by BU faculty members — Tim Philips, Mary Nicholson and Helmut Doll to introduce instructional technology as an academic discipline to University of Buea faculty.

More than 50 University of Buea faculty and staff attended the seminar.

While in Cameroon, Soltz observed the academic and cultural experience of 22 BU students who participated in the 2011 Cameroon/Ethiopia Study Abroad Program, led by S. Ekema Agbaw, David Walker and Leilani Kupo.

Soltz embarked on many other adventures with BU students during his time in Africa. He and the study abroad participants attended the Cameroon National Day Parade, as well as the receptions offered by the regional governor and the mayor.

He paid a visit to Nfor Mukete, the paramount chief of Kumba. He braved a bumpy, treacherous, jostling ride to Korup National Park, one of the oldest rainforests in the world.

Along with the students and participating faculty members, Soltz also conquered the highest peak in Western Africa, Mt. Cameroon, by hiking up to Hut One, about seven kilometers from Buea.