DR Congo

Country Representative

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

Official University of Bukavu (UOB)

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The State University of Bukavu (Université Officielle de Bukavu), UOB is a public university created as part of the spin-out of the Public Institutions of Higher and University Education, across the country, by the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo by the Ministerial Decree No. ESU / CAB.MIN / 0066/93 of 17 June 1993 under the name of the University Center of Bukavu (CUB). The University Center of Bukavu was subsequently placed under the academic supervision of the University of Kisangani (Ministerial Decree N ° EDN / CABMIN / ESU / 0021/97 of October 4, 1997), becoming one of its extensions until 2006; In 2006, the University Center of Bukavu was granted university status by the Ministerial Decree No. 016 / MINESU / CAB.MIN / RS / 2006 of February 07, 2006 and its name became the Official (State) University of Bukavu (UOB), located in Bukavu, capital of South Kivu Province, Eastern DRC. UOB is managed by a Management Committee composed of the Rector, the University Secretary, the General Administrative Secretary and the Bursar. The University has 7 Faculties and 2 Schools (Public Health and Mining Schools). The faculties and schools offer course and training programmes at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Its excellent students have won several African and international, humanitarian law Awards and some of its Alumni are working at the UN offices in New York and at the International Court at the The Hague. Some others hold leading positions in government institutions (local and national level), in the national, international agencies and in mining companies; and some others are lecturers or scientists at national, regional and international level; …

Founding member
Membership: Since 2020


Ass. Prof. Mbalassa Mulongaibal, Head of Department of Biology


Mr. Mbalassa holds a PhD in Environment and Natural resources from Makerere University. He has an extensive research experience in fish & fisheries ecology, biodiversity and conservation. Within the African Great Lakes region, he has contributed greatly in a number of expeditions into Lakes Tanganyika, Edward, George and Albert. For the last 13 years he worked with professionals from interdisciplinary fields in a variety of socio-cultural settings; and also demonstrated interpersonal and organizational skills in managing a team of professionals and work processes. He has a strong ability to network and partner with other higher education and research institutions at local, regional and international level, with governments and NGO agencies. He has the ability to develop, plan and coordinate academic, training and research programs; to fund raise for research outreach projects and programs. He currently leads the country coordination (DRC) of COTRA Consortium “Collaborative Training and Research in Fisheries and Aquaculture in East, Southern and Central Africa (COTRA)” (partners: UOB [DRC], Makerere [UG], Univ. of Eldoret [Kenya], Mzuzu Univ. [Malawi], Rhodes Univ.[SA] and BOKU Univ. [Austria]), project to training of professionals to achieve sustainable fisheries management and aquaculture resources that shall lead to increased fish production and enhanced food and nutritional security, and hence, improved livelihood and household revenue. An Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme project funded the EU.

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.