A new page has opened at the ICT University with the induction of Professor Jean Emmanuel Pondi as the new Vice Chancellor.
He was inducted on Wednesday, January 5 during a solemn ceremony that held at the campus of the institution in Messassi-Yaounde, in the presence of dignitaries like the representative of the Minister of State, Minister of Higher Education as well as the Minister of Post and Telecommunication, Minette Libom Li Likeng.
Professor Jean Emmanual Pondi takes over from Professor Emmanuel Anya who has come to the end of his five-year mandate
Taking over duties, Professor Jean Emmanuel Pondi said it was an honour for him to serve a prestigious institution like the ICT University that has been changing the face of the higher education sector in Cameroon.
On his part, the President of the ICT University, Professor Victor Mbarika described the new Vice Chancellor as an icon who has proven himself and will bring a fresh impetus to the institution.
Who is Prof Jean Emmanuel Pondi?
Professor Jean-Emmanuel PONDI is a specialist in political science and international relations. He is a former Director of the International Relations Institute of Cameroon (IRIC) from 1999-2006 and upon his appointment as the Vice chancellor of the ICT University, he also doubles as Vice-Rector in charge of Teaching, Professionalisation and ICT Development in the University of Yaounde I. He had also served before as the Vice-rector of the University of Yaounde I in charge of Research, Cooperation and Relations with the Business World from 2017 – 2020 and as Secretary General of the same university from 2006-2017.
Jean-Emmanuel Pondi was born on 26 November 1958 in Nkongsamba, Cameroon and obtained his Bacc B in 1977 in Lyon, France. He obtained his first degree, B.A in Economics and Political Science and awarded Cum Laude “with distinction” from the State University of New York at Buffalo, N.Y. (USA). He is also a graduate of Cambridge University (Pembroke college, 1983), The London School of Economics (1981), where he obtained a Master of Philosophy (M. Phil.) in International Relations and a Master of Science (M. Sc.) in Political Economics respectively. He holds a PhD in Political Science, with a specialization in International Relations from the Pennsylvania State University in 1986 where he was awarded with the mark of “Superior”.
He is the author or editor of 23 books and 85 scientific articles published in renowned and peer-reviewed journals such as The Cambridge review of international affairs, Johns Hopkins University’s SAIS review (School of Advanced International Studies) and the Cameroon review of international studies. He has a long experience in teaching international relations in general, and African international relations in particular. He is a full professor at IRIC and has been a visiting fellow/visiting professor in several African, European, American and Asian Universities, including, among others, the University of Nairobi, the University of Cambridge, The Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, D.C., and the Chinese Diplomatic Institute in Beijing. In addition, Professor PONDI is the Dean of the College of Social Sciences of the Cameroon Academy of Sciences.