DR Congo

Country Representative

Prof. Dr. Kanigula Mubagwa (Université Catholique de Bukavu)

Université Catholique de Bukavu (UCB)

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The Catholic University of Bukavu (UCB, founded in 1989) is based in the City of Bukavu, in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo. It is a private institution, has about 3000 students and has already successfully graduated 10,004. It harbors seven faculties: Agriculture, Architecture & Urbanism, Economy & Management, Law, Medicine, Sciences, Social Sciences. It also operates a Regional School of Public Health, and a regional High Institute for Peace & Reconciliation. Bachelor and Master programs are organized by all faculties. PhD programs are currently only available in Economy and Law. Research is being carried out in various Departments within the Faculties as well as in separate research centers. The Provincial General Referral Hospital of Bukavu (500 beds, 40 medical specialists) serves as teaching and training hospital


Founding member
Membership: Since 2020


Prof. Dr. Kanigula Mubagwa; President

Kanigula Mubagwa (MD, 1977, Kinshasa; PhD, 1986, Leuven) is an emeritus professor in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Leuven, Belgium, and is the current Rector of the Catholic University of Bukavu, Bukavu, DR Congo. He teaches Cell and Human Physiology, has carried out research in the field of cellular cardiac electrophysiology, and also practiced Emergency Medicine. He was Lecturer (Physiology) at the University of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe, and Postdoctoral Fellow (Pharmacology) at the University of Connecticut, Farmington, CT, USA. He served as Visiting Professor (Physiology) at various universities in the DR Congo and as Honorary Professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa. He is a regular member of the American Physiological Society, the Biophysical Society and the Belgian Society for Physiology & Pharmacology. He is founder of FAST-Africa (Foundation for the Advancement of Science and Technology in Africa) and a Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences.