The new academic year has resumed at the International Relations Institute of Cameroon (IRIC) with 731 students, diplomatic and protocol trainees enrolled as freshmen.
They officially joined the ranks of the institution during a welcome ceremony on November 21, 2023 at the institution.
Felix Mbayu, Minister Delegate to the Minister of External Relations in charge of Relations with the Commonwealth, chaired the event, as the personal representative of the Minister of External Relations, Le Jeune Mbella Mbella.
He told the new students of institution to be proud bearers of the IRIC brand, and uphold an unquestionable moral rectitude.
“IRIC is a brand and a solid international network you should be proud to belong to. Feel proud and honored to be students, and do enjoy your stay in this institution,” he said.
As the academic year opens, the Director of the IRIC, Daniel Urbain Ndongo says the institution will “reinforce the position of the institution as a reference for training in Diplomacy and International Relations in the Central African subregion.”
But this objective can not be achieved without the cooperation of students who he admonished to be “assiduous, intellectually curious, creative and punctual.”
He says the new students are “a precious investment” who should “take care of themselves in order to be physically, mentally and spiritually fit to carry out their studies.”
The welcome ceremony was an opportunity to evaluate the previous academic year and chart a course for this new academic year.
“ You are privileged and henceforth bearers of the IRIC brand. Be proud of the choice you have made; that of hard work and excellence,” Daniel Urbain Ndongo, Director of the IRIC told the new students.
Emery NGUELE, a Masters student studying Cultural Diversity, Peace and International Cooperation says he particularly hopes to acquire knowledge on conflict resolution and peace building.
Prof. Paul Elvic Batchom, Head of the Department of International Politics who delivered the inaugural lesson “International Relations between Order and disorder: A lecture on current mutations in the international community .”
The reference institute for training Diplomats
IRIC is an institution of higher learning, specialized in training diplomats and experts in international relations.
Apart from diplomacy which is the primary discipline taught in the institution, other disciplines have been developed to meet the growing national and international demands . Some of these disciplines include ; International Banking and Finance, International disputes, International communication and public action, Regional Integration and Management of Community Institutions and International Marketing.
This academic year, two new programs have been added to the list of programs ; Master in International Economic Law and Executive Master in Strategic Planning and Sustainable Development. Some Masters programmes are run in partnership with foreign universities.
The institution continues to diversify training offers in order to equip youths with the necessary skills to seek solutions to current global problems.
Kathy Neba Sina