On April 22, 2015, the U.S. Embassy in Yaoundé welcomed 35 students from the University of Buea, accompanied by one of their lecturers. The goal of their visit was to have a session with the Education USA Advisor, Richard Ewane, on how to apply for and pursue graduate study in the United States.
The session began with a briefing on U.S. foreign policy priorities in Cameroon by Public Affairs Officer Roberto Quiroz II, who congratulated the students on their desire to further their education. He encouraged them to establish high goals, adding: “As President Obama has said, the success of America is linked to the success of other nations, including Cameroon. Cameroon’s future success and development are among our highest priorities. To do so, a growing private sector led by your ideas and energy is necessary, as well as the empowerment of women and girls so that their own talents are welcome and encouraged towards building a future of prosperity in line with “Vision 2035” established by Cameroon. This is why President Obama has made the empowerment of the African youth such a priority – because we believe in your unlimited potential and leadership.”
Mr. Ewane then offered a two hour presentation on graduate study in the United States, including how to select a school, application process requirements, and how to finance an education with opportunities available. He then answered questions from the students on curriculum issues and life in the United States. “Having been a student at an American university, I can tell you firsthand that it is a privilege to be able to study in the United States, and then bring back to Cameroon the learning and knowledge we obtained to contribute to our nation’s development. One of the benefits of studying in the United States is not only the quality of education you will receive, but the exposure to different cultures which exist in America – literally citizens from around the world are Americans. You will also make lifelong contacts with students from other nations, including from Africa. The EducationUSA program is here to help you accomplish your goals.”
The EducationUSA Advising Center (EAC) is an official, accredited authority on U.S. study. We provide information and services to people in Cameroon who are interested in studying in the U.S., and to persons or organizations abroad about Cameroon’s educational system and schools. The EAC is located in the James Baldwin Information Resource Center (JBIRC) at the U.S. Embassy in Yaoundé.