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We don’t just give students an education and experiences that set them up for success in a career. We help them succeed in their career—to discover a field they’re passionate about and dare to lead it.

About Our University

The roots of the university go back to 2001 when a group of American intellectuals originally from Cameroon decided to start a US-style university in Cameroon. In 2009, the Professional Training Center (PTC) went operational in Bamenda, Cameroon, approved by the Ministry of Employment and Vocational Training. It provided training in sustainable energy, especially solar energy. In 2012, Saint Monica University replaced the PTC, with the incorporation of the university in Hawaii in the United States as a non-profit institution offering Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral programs.

In the same year (2012), Saint Monica University began seeking authorization to operate in Cameroon and was granted Authorization to operate as SMU Higher Institute.

SMU Higher Institute, Buea was therefore created by Ministerial Order No.14/0028/MINESUP/SG/DDES of 11 March 2014 and authorized to operate by Order No. 14/0398/MINESUP/SG/DDES of 4 July 2014.

Our Anthem

Our pride is in SMUHI, the beacon of hope for the future and the citadel of learning for the nations. In Twenty fourtheen (2014), SMUHI was created. We learn with support and graduate with confidence and assurance.

We are marching onward to that Glory of a “Leberating” education, So God, be our guide. We are marching onward to that Glory of a “Leberating” education, So God, bless us.

Civitas Deo. The seat of professionalism, Servire Sine Fine – Service without limit.

SMUHI!, SMUHI!, SMUHI!, the City of God. (x2)

Community Service
Longlife Learning

Why Choose SMUHI?

Earn a quality university degree from a university with a difference. SMUHI offers the following advantages:

Superior Quality: SMUHI offers professional or career-focused degrees that are taught by qualified staff & mentored by the University of Douala.

Affordable: SMUHI is the least expensive university in the country. Scholarships are available for students with exceptional academic performance and the underprivileged. Students can pay fees in multiple instalments.

Convenient: SMUHI has face-to-face and distance learning courses with an option to study full or part-time and also with comfortable bus services etc.

Flexible: SMUHI accepts transfer students from other institutions as well as credits already earned from any accredited institution. Students can also change career fields.

Market-Oriented: SMUHI offers professional or career-focused programs to enable students to create jobs, enter the workforce or advance in their current careers. 

Community and Diversity

SMUHI promotes the goal of community within a context of diversity. Therefore, it encourages students to understand and appreciate the diversity of cultures that exists locally, nationally, and internationally. It also seeks to promote appreciation and preservation of biodiversity by helping students understand the impact/dependence of human beings on their environment.


SMUHI believes that personal service is a primary goal of the educated person. Therefore, it encourages students to experience the responsibilities and rewards of serving the human and ecological community.


SMUHI commits itself to promoting education that facilitates lifelong learning. Therefore, it teaches students how to learn, to think critically, to do constructive research, and to access and integrate information in order to prepare them for continued personal and career growth.

Professional Programs

We offer in-person and online courses in cybersecurity, study of slave trade in Africa, sustainable development and entrepreneurship.

Undergraduate Programs

An undergraduate program is a two- or four-year program that individuals study at a community college, vocational school, college or university after successful completion of high school or the equivalent. They include HND, BSc, BA

Graduate Programs

A graduate degree is an advanced degree in a particular field of study that you pursue after having earned an undergraduate degree. This include Masters and PhD

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