Published on 28 March 2019

Within the framework of a visit to Cameroon by a Université Paris-Saclay (UPSaclay) delegation led by its President Sylvie Retailleau, two Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) were signed with the University of Yaoundé II and the University of Douala on March 26 and 27, 2019.

In recent years, several member institutions of Université Paris-Saclay (Université Paris-Sud, including IUT de Cachan and Polytech engineering school, Université d'Evry Val-d'Essonne) have developed close relations with Douala University and ISTAMA Business School, particularly for professional degrees leading, for example, to careers in the industry and in the fields of logistics and maintenance.

The University of Yaoundé II, for its part, was involved in a collaboration agreement with the VIP Research Center (Versailles Saint-Quention Public Institutions) through its CERCAF center for constitutional, administrative and financial research.

These collaborations will now be reinforced by two MOUs which foresee the development of joint actions over the next five years that could lead, on the one hand, to research projects with joint PhD supervision and, on the other hand, to joint academic programmes (for undergraduate and graduate degrees).


In addition to meetings on academic exchange programs, the delegation met with Cameroon's ministerial teams working on research, professional training and SMEs respectively. The meetings also involved representatives from private organizations such as the Groupement Inter-Patronal du Cameroun (GICAM) in order to benefit from Université Paris-Saclay's know-how to meet local needs.

The partners’ medium-term objective is to set up co-operation options in professional and bachelor's programmes and engineering degrees and to pave the way for off-site training.

Université Paris-Saclay thus confirms its commitment to developing structured partnerships in training and research with major universities in Cameroon and, more generally, in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The President of Université Paris-Saclay, Sylvie Retailleau, was joined by Jean-Paul Markus, Director of the Department of Human and Society Sciences at Université Paris-Saclay and Professor of Law at UVSQ, Sandrine Lacombe, Vice-President of International Relations at UPSud; Yves Bernard, Director of Polytech (UPSud); Francisco De Oliveira Alves, Director of IUT de Cachan (UPSud); Pascale Vareille, Head of International Relations at IUT de Cachan (UPSud) and Project Director for Sandrine Lacombe, and Patrick Bonnin, International Relations Correspondent at UVSQ.

Headline picture, University of Yaoundé II: At the centre, Sylvie Retailleau, President of Université Paris-Saclay with, to her right, Mol Nang, Vice-Rector in charge of Research, Cooperation, and Relations with the Private Sector, University of Yaoundé II, Sandrine Lacombe, Vice President of International Relations at UPSud and, to her left, Germain Ntono Tsimi, Director of Academic Affairs and Cooperation, University of Yaoundé II, and Pascale Vareille, Head of International Relations at IUT de Cachan (UPSud).

Group picture at ISTAMA Business School in Douala: At the centre, Sylvie Retailleau, President of Université Paris-Saclay with Patrick Bonnin, ISTY UVSQ and International Relations Correspondent at UVSQ, Yves Bernard, Director of Polytech (UPSud), Sandrine Lacombe, Vice-President of International Relations at UPSud, Ebenezer Njanta, President of ISTAMA, Jacques Etame, Director of the Douala University of Technology, and Pascale Vareille, Head of International Relations 

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