Published on 10 July 2019

A delegation from the University of Douala was welcomed at Université Paris-Saclay following a visit to Cameroon led by President Sylvie Retailleau, and the signature of a memorandum of understanding between the two universities.

Following a visit to Cameroon led by President Sylvie Retailleau in the spring, the deans of the faculties of Law, Eco-management, and Medicine and pharmaceutical sciences of the University of Douala, as well as the director of the Douala Institute of Technology, were welcomed at Université Paris-Saclay within the framework of a 10-day visit to reinforce existing cooperation with UPSaclay, and in particular with the Cachan University Institute of Technology (IUT), the UPSud School of Pharmacy in Chatenay-Malabry and Université Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (UVSQ).

The University of Douala – Entrepreneurship in question

Created in 1993, the University of Douala is a public university located in the economic capital of Cameroon in Central Africa. Beyond the development of existing cooperation between our two institutions in social sciences, and more specifically in law and eco-management, as well as pharmacology and medicine, the visits were focused on innovation, student entrepreneurship and technology transfer.

The University of Douala plans to develop a structure similar to that of a technology transfer agency (TTO – or SATT in French, Société d’Accélération et de Transfert des Technologies) in order to transfer discoveries and skills from university research into concrete applications in answer to the needs of the industry, boost the economic maturation of research projects, and accelerate the transfer of technology within companies. Furthermore, the university plans to establish procedures to foster the transfer of young entrepreneurs from incubation to the socioeconomic world.

On the programme, the Innovlab of the Cachan IUT, an advice centre that helps project leaders to create a prototype. The members of the delegation also discovered the SATT Paris-Saclay, welcomed by Xavier Apolinarski, its president, which aims to capitalize on research and to accompany the transfer of technologies and know-how from UPSaclay laboratories towards the industry. The delegation also met with Vincent Créance, the director of the Design Spot, which offers design training and advice to project leaders of the ecosystem.

The various meetings brought to light new opportunities for cooperation, namely on the establishment of a course in public health, employment and welfare law at the University of Douala thanks to the training and support of Cameroonian professors. Furthermore, French teacher-researcher mobility and summer schools could be organised within the framework of the new Clinic of legislative drafting which is being developed at UVSQ.

The delegation welcomed by the President of Université Paris-Saclay, Sylvie RETAILLEAU and

Visiting the CEA LIST, with Romain FAREL, in Charge of Industrial Affairs in the Department of Ambient Intelligence and Interactive Systems (DIASI)

André AKAM AKAM, Dean of the Faculty of Law (Douala University) with Jean-Paul MARKUS, Professor of public law at the UVSQ, and Director of Department of Social Sciences of Université Paris-Saclay


Headline picture (from left to right): Mikaël CONTRASTIN, Head of Maturation, Anne-Laure AURELLE, Communications and Marketing Manager, Marie Thérèse UM NGOUEM, Dean of the faculty of eco-management, Albert MOUELLE SONE, Dean of the faculty of medicine and pharmaceutical sciences, Xavier APOLINARSKI, President of the SATT Paris-Saclay, Pascale VAREILLE, Head of IR at the UPSud Cachan IUT, Giselle Marie Marguerite LOE, Vice-dean of the faculty of medicine, André AKAM AKAM, Dean of the faculty of law, Jacques ETAME, Director of the Douala Technology Institute, Francisco DI OLIVEIRA ALVES, Director of the UPSud Cachan IUT, and Sarah MONDET, International Projects and Partnerships Officer, UPSaclay