CAMEROON: Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship “CLOSED”

Bali, Cameroon

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  • Summer 1 Semester - May 13 - June 14, 2014 (dates subject to change)

Application Deadline

  • Summer 1 Semester - Priority Deadline: November 15, 2013

Final deadline for Dialogue of Civilization programs is February 1st. Program accepting applications until filled and is subject to close at any time.


Faculty Leaders: Richard Harris ( and William Tita (

Study Abroad Coordinator: Emily Ferraro (

Information Session: 

Date:  Tuesday, 1/28

Time:  6-7pm

Location:  15 Snell Library

Term: Summer I


  • GE1202 Engineering Innovation and Discovery Abroad
  • INTL4944 Dialogue of Civilizations - Regional Engagement: Social Sciences Business & the Modern African Economy


a.           What is the Dialogue of Innovation?:  Identifying problems, societal needs, and developing engineering innovation solutions, through student engagement, between Cameroon Christian University and Northeastern University.

b.         This program will seek to help students develop and/or implement field projects that will focus on local, national and international opportunities that promote advances in science and technology which may improve the quality of life in unique communities.  This effort will provide students with the opportunity to innovate and develop problem-solving ideas in an effort to make a positive difference through an entrepreneurial spirit.  The ‘Dialogue of Innovation’ will be implemented using the Jola Venture, Inc. “model” for:  (1) social innovation (making a positive difference in the world), (2) technological innovation (engineering problem-solving solutions) and (3) entrepreneurship (business development) to address these societal needs.  The classroom seminar and experiential activity will enable students to engage in both a theoretical analysis and practical examination of the field of engineering and technology in helping to address the question of alleviating extreme technological under-development in developing countries.

c.         Engaging with the Local Community:  Students will reside in Bali, near the  Cameroon Christian University campus and be part of the community.  Students will visit different sites to conduct field work in both area villages and cities.  Students will identify societal needs based on field work experience.  Students will participate on local excursions to expose them to different areas to understand both the challenges and the opportunities for innovation.

d.         Dr. Tita will work with the College of Engineering to provide the overall leadership for this project as an expert in economics and social policy in Africa, given his educational, entrepreneurial and UNDP background, as a member of NU entrepreneurship faculty as well as his longstanding leadership in support of economic development in Cameroon and its various villages, notably, Bali and Mbengwi.  In Cameroon, the excellence of the Cameroon Christian University (CCU) as an academic institution and the outstanding reputation of Professor Emmanuel N. Chia, its leader and, respectively, the department chairs and faculty of the engineering and management departments, for their work as academics in the study of poverty and strategies for poverty alleviation in Africa argue well for the selection of Cameroon as a destination of choice for the implementation of the Dialogue of Innovation concept.



  • GE1202 Engineering Innovation and Discovery Abroad
  • INTL4944 Dialogue of Civilizations - Regional Engagement: Social Sciences Business & the Modern African Economy

Host University

Cameroon Christian University (CCU) – Dr. Emmanuel N. Chia


Mission Statement of the CCU

The Cameroon Christian University will pursue unfettered knowledge through teaching and research and provide service to humanity predicated on the core values of the Christian faith. The University is committed to produce life-long learners equipped to face the challenges of the present millennium by educational principles that underscore innovative thinking, problem-solving and efficiency.

Programmes of the University are driven by a commitment to quality, excellence, relevance and sustainability.

Graduates of the Cameroon Christian University are expected to be worthy in learning and character, therefore able to make a difference for the better in society in terms of dedication and probity.

Principles of accountability, efficiency and efficacy will underpin the governance of the University.


Presently, there are four (4) Higher Institutes:

- The Higher Institute of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (INMEBS)

- The Higher Institute of Science, Engineering and Technology (INSET)

- The Higher Institute of Arts, Social and Mnagement Sciences (INASMAS)

- The Higher Institute of Philosophy, Religious and Social Work (INPRESS)

Eligibility Requirements

  • Students must be in good academic standing with a minimum overall 2.5GPA
  • Students must have completed all first year coursework
  • Students must be able to physically walk 1-2 miles as required.

Application Procedure

    • Online Dialogue of Civilizations application (available on OISP website and myNEU)
    • $500 non-refundable program deposit paid through NUPay.* Be sure to select the appropriate summer term.**
    • One copy of passport ID page – to be given directly to your faculty leader after acceptance.
    • 2-3 page essay answering the following questions (copy and pasted into online application):
    1. What are your personal and academic reasons for wishing to participate in this Dialogue of Civilizations program?
    2. How will the program further your academic and career goals?
    3. What is your previous travel and language experience, if any?
    4. What courses have you taken which are directly relevant to the program?

    *If you are not accepted into your Dialogue program, the $500 deposit will be credited to your student account.

    **Applications are not considered complete until deposit is received. This deposit will be applied to the full cost of the program.

    **Faculty may require additional information and/or interview (after application deadline)

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Tuition: $10,195

DOC Fee: $2,500

Tuition and DOC Fee cover 8 Northeastern credits, round-trip airfare from Boston, housing for program duration, International SOS assistance, as well as some local transport, excursions and group meals.


Students’ will be accommodated at the Safari Lodge Hotel and/or Bellevue Hotel in Bali, Cameroon at two students per room.  Food will be provided through the Safari Lodge and/or Bellevue Hotel catering service for onsite and fieldwork meals.


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