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From Cameroon past Chemnitz to Gabon

Jean René Ndouma is a TU Chemnitz graduate working at the Académie Franco-Américaine de Management (AFRAM) in Gabon since 2010

  • As a director of Teaching Programs and the Project and Research Center, Jean Ndouma works closely with German and other international partners. Photo: private

A native of Cameroon, Jean René Ndouma studied and did his doctorate from 1988 until 1996 at TU Chemnitz. Today he works at the Académie Franco-Américaine de Management (AFRAM) in Gabon. “I won a grant from the Cameroonian government that allowed me to go to Chemnitz and study Engineering at TU Chemnitz. After completing my studies, I was able to continue my stay in Chemnitz without interruption due to a doctorate scholarship at the professorship of Factory Planning and Factory Operation“, said Ndouma. Among others, his research focus is on the Maintenance and Logistics Business Organization. “In Chemnitz I had the chance to investigate the formation of network cooperation with two companies: Chemnitzer Werkzeugmaschinenfabrik and Volkswagen“, said Ndouma. As a doctorate student at TU Chemnitz, Ndouma worked as a research assistant at the Fraunhofer-Institut für Fabrikbetrieb und -automatisierung IFF in Magdeburg. There he worked with various automobile manufacturers and was responsible for the business organization. While he was writing his doctoral thesis, he completed a correspondence degree course at the Academy of Management in Hamburg. In 1998, after living in Germany for ten years, he returned back home to Cameroon. There he opened a business consulting office and in parallel taught entrepreneurship at the university in Douala.

As he received an offer from the Académie Franco-Américaine de Management (AFRAM) in Gabon, Ndouma did not hesitate long, because the AFRAM belongs to one of the best business schools in Central Africa. At the AFRAM Ndouma is working for four years as a director of educational programs, at project and research center called AFRAM Corporate Solutions Center, whose technical cooperation partner is TU Dresden. Among his responsibilities is planning, organization, leading and controlling of the activities in these university areas, to creating new international contacts and managing old ones. His knowledge of foreign languages comes in handy here. Ndouma speaks fluent French, German and English. “The contact with different nationalities, but also the cooperation with international partners, as well as with the students makes me always to go happy to work“, said Ndouma.

Ndouma is a member of the club of former Cameroonian students in Germany in Douala, and of the network „Alumni TU Chemnitz“ with the help of which he tries to reintesify his links with TU Chemnitz. “Through this group, I stay up to date and can establish contact with other alumni. I have spent a significant period of life at TU Chemnitz and have always felt welcome in Germany and Technische Universität Chemnitz. I could enjoy a world-renowned education here and I still vividly remember all the cultural evenings with students of different nationalities“, said Ndouma.

The network „Alumni TU Chemnitz“ is addressed to all former students and staff: http://www.tu-chemnitz.de/uk/alumni/index.php.en

(Author: Damaris Diener, Translation: Nataliia Boiko)

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