The Protestant University in the Ubangi (UPU) has the special mission to rebuild the academic and leadership skills to the local student population due to the world economic crisis and the necessity to “educate our own” – develop and retain our most valuable resource – our people.
The UPU is committed to specifically improve the local leadership skills in Ubangi. UPU aims to develop higher qualities of education that would facilitate improved leadership skills and also promote a level of Provincial, national, and international academic awareness. UPU encourages a continuing mentorship relationship between their professors and the students while studying at UPU and after graduation. The professors assist students in their studies with a mentoring manor in order to identify and develop their unique leadership qualities that may be capable of leading the Ubangi people and hopefully even beyond.
UPU focuses to develop theological, biomedical, Agricultural and Economic skills coupled with a strong sense of responsibility within the students. UPU seeks to partner with National and International institutions (teachers and students) to establish a strong, efficient and sustainable academic partnership to develop approaches to optimize a student’s leadership skills. The academic partnerships include student and teacher exchanges, such as visiting national and international professors offering their unique approaches to our local students AND our students temporally attending classes in other universities worldwide.
UPU students need financial assistance and individuals who are open to establishing a “one on one” mentoring relationship.
A message from the UPU President & CongoVoice Co-Founder
Meet one of the annual visiting professors to UPU
Ubangi Protestant University (UPU) is formed in 2005 to provide local advanced education for the students in the Ubangi region of the Congo. Before the formation of UPU, students would elect to end their formal education and launch a live of survival or have to travel to Kinshasa, the capital of the Congo, to attend one of the universities there. UPU now offers students to learn a skill and stay in the area to serve the community. UPU’s Key Objectives:
- CHANGE OF STUDENT MENTALITY: Prepare students to be effective future leaders of our society without the use of violence or corruption; Increase the student’s behavioral awareness to combat the spread of HIV/Aids and Promote a broader understanding of the global world.
- PROFESSIONAL DETERMINATION: Facilitate students to have a professional determination at school as well as their careers through the exposure to the drive and commitment of visiting exchange students and teachers.
- REENFORCEMENT OF TEACHING SYSTEM IN UNIVERSITIES: Launch a continuing mentoring program where once students have graduated they will have assigned experienced mentors to assist them in launching their careers. In many instances, the professors and past graduates will assume this mentoring role until to the student has achieved the true quality of leadership that will transform their society.
- EDUCATE THE STUDENTS LOCALLY: Keeping students in their local cultural environment will reinforce the value of staying locally after graduation which requires scheduling teachers from various cultural backgrounds and locations to visit and contribute content and delivery of course material that will prepare the students to face and overcome their own challenges.
UPU Primary Strategies:
- UPU must remain spiritually pure in order to do the best job of training and transforming future leaders of our society.
- UPU has to bring its light to the world and be a model of an academic training center in the Congo in terms of its educational / course content and the quality of our teachers while remaining aware and respectful of our environment.
- UPU offers curriculum in four university disciples: Theological, Bio-Medical, Agricultural and Economic Studies. These areas are key to the stability, growth, and leadership in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
UPU is a qualified university with full legal rights as validated by the Credential offered by the Congolese Government. This implies the great trust and consideration the Government has in our skills and expertise to run such University on the national and international level. And this, to the performance of academic par excellence studies in the land of Democratic Republic of Congo.
For the 2011 academic year, there were a total of 84 students in Theology studies – 61 undergraduate students and 23 in the graduate program; 96 students in Business and Economics; 63 students in the Agricultural school; 50 students in Bio-Medical school – total enrollment of almost 300 students. In the 2012 academic year, we have an enrollment of over 500 students and pending applications for 2013 of over 800 students.
The great obstacle is academic facilities such as Library, School classrooms and an Administration facility.
- Installing INTERNET support for remote learning access to course content.
- Space to accommodate potential students
- Provide transportation for visiting professors who come far away
- Organizing a Scholarship program for students who have no support to continue with their studies
- Hiring 4 resident professors as requested by the state government
- Need of English and computer professors
- Equipping the Library with books for research
- Computer lab for Student training.
UPU Board of Trustees:
- Bosokpale Langbe, Chair
- Mr. Bernadette Akanga, Reporter 3. Mossai T. Sanguma
- Mr Deolo Tonga
- Mr. Yembe
- Mme. Josephine
- Mme. Yalemoto
- Mr. Lomande Lubi
- Mr. Weka Mosuku
- Mr. Badi Djimbe
- Mr. Elenga Liwawa Lievain
President and Chancellor:Mossai T Sanguma, Ph.D.
Dean of Theological Studies: Kosse Kuzuli, D. Miss
Dean of General Administration: Yambana Nakwagelewi, MATS Academic Dean of Students: Robert KIHANI, D. Theology, UPC
- Professor Mossai T. Sanguma, Ph.D. in Intercultural Studies, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena/California – USA
- Professor Robert Kihani, Academic Dean of Students, PhD. Theol, UPC
- Professor Albert Afumba Wandja, Ph.D.in Systematics
- Professor Robert N’Kwim, Ph.D. in Missiology
- Professor Meme Dingadie, Ph.D.in Old Testament
- Professor Nkulu, Ph.D. in New Testament, Strasburg , France
- Professor Honore Mwenyi, Ph.D. in Practical Theology, Cameroon
- Professor Kosse Kuzuli, D. Missiology, Trinity Divinity School, Chicago
- Associate Professor, Fredrick Pruedek, USA
Business and Economic Studies
- Professor Michel Mbambi, Doctorate in Philosophy
- Professor Lohohola, D. in Economics
- Professor Lowola, D. in Economics
- Professor Kutangila, Doctorate in Economics
- Professor Robert N’Kwim, Ph.D. in Missiology
- AssociateP rofessor, LucBondala, UPC
- Professor Konyona
- Professor Michel Mbambi
- Mr. Kutu Mandea, M.A. in Theological Studies.
- Mr. Celestin Ngolo, Undergraduate, Receptionist
UPU Academic Partnership Newsletter
UPU is seeking a partnership with other universities to promote:
- Enhanced learning opportunities for students, faculty, and staff.
- Build mutual leadership skills from cultural understandings of both schools.
- Further the ability of the Parties better to fulfill their respective missions
- Joint remote learning capabilities and course content development.
Both Faculty and Staff will have opportunities to:
- Attend Seminars, Symposium, and classes at either school will be encouraged.
- Teach and communicate in a different Language (Congo speaks French) will be encouraged, otherwise, Faculty will be helped by an Interpreter
- Teach a unique class – a faculty or staff from either institution can be a visiting professor or administrator.
- Design and complete collaborative research: Joint faculty research projects are absolutely a Win-Win strategy.
We strongly believe that building leadership capacity and being involved in leadership development is a key to the success of the Congo and UPU – to accomplish this, the people in the Congo need special attention and a support from abroad. Please be part of this great investment for the Congolese emerging leaders.
Mossai T. Sanguma, PhD
President of UPU
UPU / CongoVoice Partnership
Dr Mossai Sanguma wrote a letter to the leadership of CongoVoice to be the “voice” of UPU to American. Excerpts from that letter are below:
- Please be our “Voice” on behalf of the UPU to the people of America
- Be a 501 C (3) to raise funds to support the great vision of UPU
- Report to donors of UPU any information they need to know about the great things that are happening in the Democratic Republic of Congo
- Get more people who are willing to partner with UPU in order to develop an Advanced Leadership Skills among people of Congo
- Get involved in the vision, planning, execution, and growth of UPU
- Encourage those who have the vision to go and see & come to tell what they have seen to others.
- Document & validate donations to CongoVoice / UPU for donors to get appropriate credit on their tax return for those who have graciously supported the vision of the UPU
- Connect with other Academic Institutions in America or other individuals to develop leadership capabilities in the Democratic Republic of Congo through their expertise, finances, as well as their time.
- Visit the University in Gemena as frequently as possible to access what we need and encourage us in our mission.
- Create a Board that can attract and encourage resources to assist us in our vision – including attracting visiting professors to assist in teaching at UPU
Dr. Mossai SANGUMA
UPU PRESIDENT AND FOUNDER.