On May 28, U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Officer Roberto Quiroz II and Cultural Affairs Specialist Gerald Chilla joined senior officials and Cameroon’s National School of Administration and Magistracy’s (ENAM) Director General Mr. Mendjana Linus Toussaint and his faculty in a ceremony honoring 22 students following their three week exchange program to George Mason University in Virginia and Saint Joseph’s University in the United States. The academic exchange was sponsored by the Government of the Republic of Cameroon and ENAM.
The government was represented by Secretary General of the Ministry of Public Service and Administrative Reform Ngambo Fondjo Vincent. He was also joined by Minister Plenipotentiary from the Ministry of External Relations Jean Djounkeng, Deputy Secretary General of the Cameroonian Senate Bernard Wongolo, a representative from the Ministry of Finance, and a representative of the National Assembly.
During the ceremony, the students were presented with certificates of achievement by the officials above, all of whom highlighted in their remarks the Government of Cameroon’s and ENAM’s commitment to expand academic excellence through exchanges. They also thanked George Mason University and Saint Joseph’s University for welcoming their students and offering this unique opportunity for future exchanges.
In his remarks, Public Affairs Officer Roberto Quiroz II congratulated the students on their academic exchange, adding: “As Ambassador Michael S. Hoza has said, the United States is honored that Cameroon and ENAM have chosen American universities as centers of meaningful exchange to expand real and mutual understanding and collaboration between our nations, not just today, but for the future that these young leaders today will inherit. In today’s global economy, it is essential that the youth in our nations expand their academic and business contacts with one another. These exchanges promote the noble ideas of civil service professions: integrity and service to the people and nations employees are sworn to uphold. The United States congratulates these students, as well as the government of Cameroon and ENAM for demonstrating through these exchanges a commitment to expanding the academic excellence of this institution, and to ensure Cameroonian students benefit from expanding their networks with peers from the United States. We look forward to strengthening these partnerships between our people for the benefit of both our nations. On est ensemble!”
The ceremony began and concluded with musical performances by ENAM’s choir. The event was followed by media interviews and a reception in honor of the students. See Facebook album of program: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10155604254040716.1073742021.312546460715&type=1.
ENAM’s Director General Mr. Mendjana Linus Toussaint, Technical Adviser Ms. Manyinga Micheline, and Director of Bilingual Training Mr. Bekolo Bekolo were welcomed by Ambassador Michael S. Hoza at the U.S. Embassy for a meeting to discuss student exchanges on May 21, 2015. Please see Facebook album of that visit: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10155567251660716.1073742015.312546460715&type=3.