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Jana Frey | 30.07.2020 | 182 Aufrufe | Interviews

Serge Sabine Ntsama Onana | "Developing a common market for regional migrants in the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC): The case of Douala in Cameroon"

Lisa Maskell Fellowships at Stellenbosch University, South Africa

In 2014, the Gerda Henkel Foundation initiated a scholarship programme supporting young humanities scholars from Africa and Southeast Asia in honour of the foundation's founder, Lisa Maskell. It is the largest international support programme for PhD students in the history of the Foundation. The Lisa Maskell Fellowships aim to strengthen universities in the partner countries, to counter the outflow of qualified young scholars and to ensure the doctoral students enjoy excellent academic training.

L.I.S.A. has been publishing interviews with the Lisa Maskell Fellows from Subsaharan Africa and from Southeast Asia, in which they talk about their research projects as well as their experiences during their academic career and the Lisa Maskell fellowship.

This week, we welcome Serge Sabine Ntsama Onana from Cameroon. After receiving both a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in History from the University of Yaoundé I, he started his PhD in Sociology with the thesis Developing a common market for regional migrants in the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC): The case of Douala in Cameroon at Stellenbosch University in 2019.

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"They put man at the center of moral concerns"

L.I.S.A.: What is the status of the humanities in Cameroon, your home country?

Serge Sabine Ntsama Onana: The social sciences in Cameroon are a set of academic disciplines having in common the study of the human social and social interactions between individuals, groups and their environment. The social sciences have man as their objective. They make it possible to emphasize ethics by putting man at the center of scientific concerns by alluding to ethics. They put man at the center of moral concerns.

L.I.S.A.: Have you ever encountered problems in the realization of your academic career?

Serge Sabine Ntsama Onana: I did not encounter any problem. On the contrary, I benefited from all the rigor, from all the sagacity of science which I had never benefited from before.

"Sub-regional integration in order to face globalization"

L.I.S.A.: What was your PhD project about and what got you interested in the chosen topic to begin with?

Serge Sabine Ntsama Onana: Being a national of Central Africa, the objective is to present the avenues to achieve an economic and monetary community that can lead to the economic and social integration of peoples. I chose my subject to contribute to the achievement of sub-regional integration in order to face globalization and the development of countries and peoples.

L.I.S.A.: What was your experience at Stellenbosch University like? Were there any differences to the University of Yaoundé I orother institutions you previously attended?

Serge Sabine Ntsama Onana: I had a great experience here in Stellenbosch. I discovered real science in all its rigor and in all its sagacity. I assure you that I had never discovered it before. The University of Stellenbosch is a temple of knowledge. everything is at my disposal to succeed.

L.I.S.A.: What are the opportunities in Cameroon to pursue different degree options (BA/MA/PhD)?

Serge Sabine Ntsama Onana: With these different degrees, you can work in the public service or in the private sector. But with the MA and the PhD you can do research or teach in university institutions.

L.I.S.A.: What are your plans concerning your future career?

Serge Sabine Ntsama Onana: My plan is to continue in research and teach in universities where there will be opportunities or then be a consultant in institutions that will need my expertise.

Serge Sabine Ntsama Onana has answered the questions in written form.

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