The Minister of Higher Education, Jacques Fame Ndongo has launched activities to mark the celebration of 50 years of existence of the Advanced School of Mass Communication, ASMAC to take place from June 14-16.
The former ASMAC Director, Jacques Fame Ndongo declared open the activities to mark ASMAC’s 50th anniversary during a presser at the Herve Bourges Amphitheatre on May 10.
On the occasion, the minister hailed the presence of the Ministry of Communication represented by Secretary-General Felix Zogo, for the determination to accompany ASMAC in ameliorating technological, professional, and academic training.
To the managing and teaching staff of the school, the minister expressed gratitude for their contribution to maintaining the school in line with the expectations and for a memorable celebration of the 50th anniversary.
Jacques Fame Ndongo hailed the academic and managerial leadership of Prof Adolphe Minkoa She, the Rector of the University of Yaoundé II, and his collaborators for accompanying ASMAC towards excellence.
Jacques Fame Ndogo expressed satisfaction for the past and the present though said it is imperative to still dream of the best. The future he said was with innovation, citing Artificial Intelligence, Chat GPT. He encouraged the spirit of selection of what is correct, and not gulp all information. “Yes, to the new courses, migrate towards the new technology on the condition of mastering the technology’, he stressed.
The Rector of Yaounde II, Adolphe Minkoa She in a question-and-answer session, confirmed that there is hope for ASMAC. “In 53 years, we have trained experts in communication and journalism, looking forward to innovation, and adapting to the new environment. Students are engaged and committed and this means there is hope.” The school is going to migrate to Zoa where there is a huge space for its development, however, he said there was no rush as they are looking for the means to construct the new site he announced.
Minister Joseph Le of Public Service, a former student of ASMAC said the general status of the public service is old adopted 26 years ago. With the new professions, there is a need to modernize. He maintained that an intermenstrual commission is working to include the new professions. he said there is hope as many things are in the pipeline and at a good time the political decisions would come.
The Director of ASMAC Professor Alice Nga Minkala outlined the program of celebrations to include a trade fair for information and communication professions, a forum on public communication, a graduation ceremony, and a football tournament among others.
The launch ceremony was spiced by musical interluded by the students of ASMAC.