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Study Trip For Level II Students 2014.

The Faculty of Business and Management Sciences (FBMS) conducted its yearly study visit for level II Students of the Faculty. The Faculty organizes Study Visits with the aim of introducing her students to corporate life as well as giving them an opportunity to have a first-hand witness of the different theories they learn in the classrooms.

The visit this year took place from Wednesday 15th January to Friday 17th January 2014. A total of 100 students took part in the trip. They were accompanied by five faculty members. Some reputable companies in the South West and Littoral Regions were selected to deliver talks to the students.
Students assembled on the CATUC campus at 8a.m., each having a piece of travelling luggage. Once departure formalities with the administration had been completed,
Mr. Fru Boniface Ayoche (the main organizer of the trip on behalf of the Faculty) gave the go ahead. A total of 4 coaster buses were used for the occasion. 3 of these coaster buses were hired from Grand Jeannot Express to supplement the lone CATUC coaster bus. The departure time was 11a.m.
The journey was marked with no incidences and all through the journey; students could be heard singing at the top of their voices and cracking jokes. At 6p.m. the entire delegation arrived Buea in the South West Region. They immediately drove to the Hotel Residence Carlos (HRC), located in Bomaka. The hotel was selected to lodge the female students who had made the trip. All the rooms of the hotel were used in lodging the female students. The remainder of girls joined the boys in occupying rooms at Harglenna Hotel, located in Molyko Buea.

Once all students had been shown their rooms, they quickly had a rub down and were all assembled at the HRC where they were served dinner at 8.30p.m. After dinner, the students were graced with music for dancing. They finally retired to their respective hotels at 11p.m to prepare for the next day.
Thursday 16th January was the D-day for the company visits. Once breakfast was served and the students had finished eating at 8.00am, they were instructed as to the companies they would be visiting. It is only then that they learned that students of the Department of Banking and Finance were to combine with the students of the Department of Marketing. The two departments were scheduled to visit the South West Development Authority (SOWEDA) and once they had finished from
SOWEDA, they would be visiting Euroil in Douala.

The Department of Accounting was slated to be in
SONARA at 9am and upon completion at SONARA, they would be visiting the head offices of Presprint and Presbook in Limbe. For their part, the students of the Departments of Management and Economics were to visit the Cameroon Development Corporation and later would be visiting the Limbe City Council (L.C.C.).  Mr. Tanwie Valerie and Mrs. Dinah Phungeh accompanied students of the Departments of Marketing and Banking and Finance, while Mr. Kum Jerome and Fru Boniface accompanied students to C.D.C and the Limbe City Council. Mr. Kenji Charles headed the group that visited SONARA, Presprint and Presbook in Limbe.

In the different companies that the students visited, they were lectured on a variety of topics ranging from the Mission, Vision and Objectives of the companies, the marketing strategies of the companies, Personnel Management related issues of the companies, challenges and funding amongst others.
The visit to the companies ended at 3.30p.m. With time to spare, the leader of delegation sounded the opinion of the students who were all but willing to have a swim at the Semme Beach Resort Hotel. For safety reasons, students were restricted to swimming in an adjacent swimming pool. No student was allowed to swim in the sea, however, they were allowed to walk the sandy beaches and take pictures.

The delegation returned to Buea to be treated to a sumptuous supper at 8.30p.m. There was no sleep as the students spent the whole next dancing in the conference hall of HRC that had been remodeled to accommodate the gala evening. Students could be seen showing their dancing styles. Some faculty members also joined in the dancing.

Friday 17th of January, was the day return to Bamenda. However, after taking breakfast, students paid a visit to
Chariot Hotel in Bomaka. It was the last company that was visited and when the visit was complete, students returned to Hotel Carlos were they were served lunch. At approximately 1p.m. everybody who had made the trip alighted their respective buses for the return trip to Bamenda. Exhausted from the dancing the previous night, majority of students could be seen sleeping in the buses.

We finally, arrived Bamenda at 8p.m and disembarked at T-Junction to facilitate the boarding to cabs to different destinations. In all when the curtains were drawn, the conclusion one could make was that it was a successful trip. The rendez-vous is thus taken for the next study visit come 2015.

Writeup: Fru Boniface A.  

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