Overview & History
The ERuDeF Institute of Biodiversity and Non-profit Studies (EIBiNS and or ERuDeF Institute) is Cameroon’s pioneer biodiversity institute created in 2012 to provide leading edge and holistic professional training in conservation development management to the future cream of conservation development leaders.
The common view expressed by many employers has been that there are a large number of job seekers but there are no professionals. Job seekers are getting more and more frustrated by prospective employers asking for years of experience. The question then is where will one get this experience? Again, through our interviews, students understanding of fundraising are limited to maybe ‘driving my father’s car and making some money from it’. Far from it! There is more to fundraising than graduates think, the dynamics and politics are much more. ERuDeF Institute was therefore created to bridge this gap.
While the University provides the theoretical basis of students up-bringing, ERuDeF Institute provides the professional and practical basis of their professional insertion into both the job market and academic fields. All programmes at ERuDeF Institute are academically intensive, research and professional focused and challenging requiring a lot of strategic thinking and meditation.
The programme gives you a chance to explore opportunities in the area of conservation, biodiversity management and non-profit development. You come out of this programme as a self-made graduate capable of funding and piloting your own career and programmes. Our understanding is that even if you cannot gain employment, you should be able to at least, raise funds to set up and manage a project.