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List of State Universities in Cameroon

According to MINESUP, Cameroon has 8 State Universities and one Inter-State University. In this article, we’ll present each of these Universities in all their peculiarities.

List of State Universities in Cameroon

List of State Universities in Cameroon

The following list of State Universities in Cameroon does not follow any specific ranking criteria. This list is updated regularly and as an open-source platform, Cameroon Outlook is always looking for contributors that can help create content that will help add more value to our readers. For such contributions, kindly email us at

University of Bamenda

University of Bamenda - List of State Universities in Cameroon
LocationBamenda, Cameroon

The University of Bamenda is a distinctive Anglo-Saxon university located in the North West Region of Cameroon. It possesses high standards of achievements and innovations in all areas of professionalism, arts, sciences, and technology. The University of BAMENDA was created by Decree n° 2010/371 on the 14th December 2010. The goals for its creation are same as those of the seven state Universities before it and include:

  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Outreach

The main campus of the University of Bamenda is in Bambili, a subdivision in Bamenda, Mezam Division, Northwest region of Cameroon. The village is along the Ring Road northeast of Bamenda. An Anglophone area, many schoolchildren are taught in English, and the use of Pidgin English is widespread. English and Pidgin play a significant role in community life, but the Bambui language still maintains its place as the heart language of most Bambui people.

Students in the Faculty of Health Science are currently taking studies at Mile 3 Nkwen Bamenda at the campus between Fonab Polytechnic and Saint Louise Higher Institute of Health.

Bambui is surrounded by a number of related languages (BambiliBabankiBafutMankonNkwenMendakwe, and Awing). Bambui was thought to be a dialect of Bambili, but now it is believed that the two are probably distinct languages (and each group insists on its independent identity).

University of Buea

University of Buea - List of State Universities in Cameroon
University of Buea
MottoKnowledge with Wisdom
ChancellorMinister of Higher Education, Cameroon
Vice-ChancellorProf. Ngomo Horace Manga
LocationBueaSouthwest RegionCameroon
NicknameThe place to be
AffiliationsUniversity of Manchester

The University of Buea purported to be “a place to be” though fondly referred to as “a place to be when you’re not there” by students is the first Anglo-Saxon University of its kind to be established in Cameroon. According to Cameroon Outlook, UB is arguably the best state University in Cameroon when it comes to academic excellence coupled with the aesthetics of the Anglo-Saxon system of education that is sought after worldwide.

It is worth noting that some, if not most “anglophone” students often go to other state universities as a last resort when they’re rejected or fail to meet the requirements for admission into UB.

The University of Buea (UB) is found in Molyko, Buea, in the southwest region of Cameroon. It was founded as a university center in 1985 and became a full-fledged university in 1992, following a government decree that re-organized state universities in the country. It is regarded as the best university in Cameroon and is one of two English speaking universities in Cameroon, alongside the University of Bamenda, which follows the British system of education. It serves citizens from both anglophone and francophone regions of Cameroon and from neighboring countries such as Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea.

University of Douala

University of Douala - List of State Universities in Cameroon

The University of Douala, like the other seven public universities in Cameroon, was created and organized by Presidential Decree No. 93/030 of 19 January 1993. It inherits the structures of the University Center of Douala, then composed of the Ecole Supérieure des Sciences Economiques et Commerciales (ESSEC-1977) and the Ecole Normale Supérieure de l’Enseignement Technique (ENSET-1979), founded on 28 April 1977 and transformed into a university on 13 April 1992, Following Decree No. 92/74 on the transformation of university centers into universities.

With about 300 programs, of which nearly one hundred are professionals, the University of Douala is positioning itself as a leader in terms of professionalization of teaching in Cameroon.

University of Dschang

University of Dschang - List of State Universities in Cameroon
Université de Dschang
Former nameUniversity Centre (UCD) (1978-1993)
Vice-ChancellorPépin Roger Tsafack Nanfosso
LocationDschangWest,  Cameroon
CampusDschang, Bandjoun, Foumban, Maroua, Bambui, Belabo, Ebolowa, Yaoundé

The University of Dschang is located in the town of DschangWest Cameroon, about 425 kilometers northwest of Yaoundé. It has its roots in three agricultural training schools and evolved from an agricultural institution to a university in 1993.

In 1977, the Government of Cameroon authorized the creation of university centers at locations in Cameroon. The University Center at Dschang (UCD), was created by Presidential Decree No. 77/108 of April 28, 1977. In May 1978, ENSA (Ecole Nationale Supérieure Agronomique) in Yaounde and the Institute for Agricultural Technologies in Dschang were incorporated into the UCD. ENSA was to be transferred to Dschang as soon as possible. These two institutions were later merged into a single academic entity “The National Institute of Rural Development”.

In 1979-80, the US government, in exchanges with the Cameroon government, decided to provide assistance to UCD. In 1981, the University of Florida was selected on a competitive basis to design that assistance, through what was named the Agricultural Education Project.

In 1993, the UCD was transformed into the University of Dschang.

List of State Universities in Cameroon

University of Maroua

University of Maroua

The University of Maroua (UMa) is located in the city of Maroua, Chef places of the Region (300. 000 inhabitants), Far North Region of Cameroon. It was created by Presidential Decree No. 2008/280 of August 9, 2008. Decree No. 2008/281 of August 9, 2008, on the administrative and academic organization of this institution, meanwhile creates the Ecole Normale Supérieure, and the Institute Upper Sahel. The Institution now has 07 institutions since the academic year 2014/2015.

University of Ngaoundéré

University of Ngaoundéré
Université de Ngaoundéré
RectorProfessor Florence Uphie Chinje Melo
Academic staff400
LanguageFrench, English

The University of Ngaoundéré (French: Université de Ngaoundéré) is a public university located in NgaoundéréAdamawa Region in Cameroon. It was established on 19 January 1993 by Presidential decree.

The university was created by the Presidential Decree of 19 January 1993 transforming the Ngaoundere University Centre into a statutory State-owned university.

Initially made up of two professional schools and four faculties, the institution today has four professional schools and faculties with an estimated 30,000 student population and welcomes students from all regions of Cameroon and neighboring countries in the sub-region like Chad and the Central African Republic.

Yaoundé University I

Yaoundé University 1
MottoSapientia – collativa – cognitio
RectorMaurice Aurélien Sosso
LocationYaoundeCentre,  Cameroon
CampusNgoa-Ekelle (main campus)

The University of Yaoundé I (FrenchUniversité de Yaoundé I) is a public university in Cameroon, located in the capital Yaoundé. It was formed in 1993 following a university reform that split the country’s oldest university, the University of Yaoundé, into two separate entities: the University of Yaoundé I and the University of Yaoundé II.

University of Yaoundé II

University of Yaoundé II
Université de Yaoundé II
MottoScientia – Artes – Ingenium
RectorPr. Adolph Minkoa She
LocationYaoundeCentre,  Cameroon
CampusSoa (main campus)

The University of Yaoundé II (FrenchUniversité de Yaoundé II) is a public university in Cameroon, located in the capital Yaoundé. It was formed in 1993 following a university reform that split the country’s oldest university, the University of Yaoundé, into two separate entities: the University of Yaoundé I and the University of Yaoundé II.

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