The Protestant University in the Ubangi (UPU) has the special mission of rebuilding the academic and leadership skills in the local student population due to the world economic crisis and the necessity to “educate our own”. The goal is to develop and retain our most valuable resource: our people.
The UPU is committed to specifically improving 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 approach in order to identify and develop their unique leadership qualities. The goal is that these studens may then be capable of leading the Ubangi people and hopefully people beyond their local context.
UPU focuses on developing 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. The goals is to optimize our students’ leadership skills. The academic partnerships include student and teacher exchanges. The UPU has visiting national and international professors who offer their own, unique approaches to our local students, AND then our students, temporally, have been given opportunities to attend 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) was 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 life focussed on survival - or they would have to travel to Kinshasa, the capital of the Congo, to attend one of the universities there. UPU now offers students the opportunity to learn a skill and stay in the area to serve the community. UPU’s Key Objectives:
CHANGE OF STUDENT MENTALITY: Our goal is to prepare students to be effective future leaders of our society without the use of violence or corruption. We seek to increase the student’s behavioral awareness to combat the spread of HIV/Aids and promote a broader understanding of the global world.
PROFESSIONAL DETERMINATION: We seek to instill a professional determination in our students for both their school and professional careers through the exposure to the drive and commitment of visiting exchange students and teachers.
REENFORCEMENT OF TEACHING SYSTEM IN UNIVERSITIES: We seek to launch a mentoring program that supports our students after graduation. We endeavor to assign 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. This 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 right here at home.
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 credentials 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. We are expected to keep a high, acedemic performance level in our courses and in our professors, to benefit the people in the 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 were enrolled in Business and Economics, 63 students in the Agricultural school and 50 students in Bio-Medical school. The total enrollment was almost 300 students. In the 2012 academic year, we have an enrollment of over 500 students with pending applications for 2013 of over 800 students.
The great obstacle is academic facilities such as a library, 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 from far away
Organizing a scholarship program for students who have no support to continue with their studies
Hiring four resident professors as requested by the state government
Need of English and computer professors
Equipping the library with books for research
Computer labs for student training.
UPU Board of Trustees:
Bosokpale Langbe, Chair
Mr. Bernadette Akanga, Reporter 3. Mossai T. Sanguma
Mr Deolo Tonga
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 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.
Building mutual leadership skills through cultural understanding of both schools.
Furthering the ability of the parties to better 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 other schools
Teach and communicate in a different language. (The Congolese speaks French). While this will be encouraged, faculty who does not speak French 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 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 come and see our work, and then return home to tell others what they have seen and gather support build into our people.
Document & validate donations to CongoVoice / UPU. We want to see the appropriate credit, on their tax return, go to our donors who have graciously supported the vision of the UPU
We long to see connections between UPU with other academic institutions in America, or with other capable individuals, to develop leadership capabilities in the Democratic Republic of Congo. We are eager for their expertise, finances - and 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.