About Yaounde

International Summer School on Public Policy - Yaounde Edition

About IRIC


**French below**


The International Relations Institute of Cameroon (IRIC) is an institution with an international vocation by the nature of its studies, the composition of its teaching staff and its openness to foreign students. Its primary missions are : training and research in the field of international studies, retraining and further training of officers and executives of foreign ministries. IRIC is an institute of higher education and an observatory for international relations.


As of today, the Institute has trained and retrained approximately 2,700 diplomatic personnel of about 40 nationalities, mostly African, and some nationals from the American and Asian continents.

For about ten years, in order to adapt to international changes and the demands of globalization and in order to support public authorities in the Emergent process, IRIC has broadened its training offer. In addition to diplomacy, a basic field of study, there are now other fields such as: International Banking and Finance, International Disputes, Communication and International Public Action, Regional Integration and Management of Community, Institutions International Marketing,  International Cooperation, Humanitarian Action and Sustainable Development


IRIC also provides Masters Courses in partnership with other institutions such as Francophonie and Globalization with Jean Moulin University, Lyon III in France, International Cooperation, Humanitarian Action and

Sustainable Development (CA2D) in partnership with the University of Padua in Italy, Cultural Diversity, Peace and International Cooperation with ISESCO ad more.




l’Institut des Relations Internationales du Cameroun (IRIC) est un établissement à vocation internationale par l’objet de ses études, la composition de son corps enseignant et par son ouverture aux étudiants étrangers. Ses missions premières sont : la formation et la recherche dans le domaine des études internationales, le recyclage et le perfectionnement des agents et cadres des ministères des affaires étrangères. L’IRIC est tout à la fois un institut d’enseignement supérieur et un observatoire des Relations Internationales.

A ce jour l’Institut a formé et recyclé environ 4000 personnels diplomatiques d’une quarantaine de nationalités, en majorité africaines, et quelques ressortissants des continents américain et asiatique.
Depuis dix ans environ, en vue de s’arrimer aux mutations internationales et aux exigences de la mondialisation et dans l’optique d’accompagner les pouvoirs publics dans le processus d’Emergence, l’IRIC a élargi son offre de formation. En dehors de la Diplomatie, filière de base, il existe des filières telles que : Banque-Monnaie-Finance Internationales, Contentieux International, Communication et Action Publique Internationales, Intégration Régionale et Management des Institutions Communautaires, Marketing International, Coopération Internationale, Action Humanitaire et Développement Durable

L’IRIC assure par ailleurs des masters en partenariat avec d’autres institutions, tels que Francophonie et Mondialisation avec Jean Moulin, de Lyon 3 en France, Coopération internationale, Action Humanitaire et Développement Durable (CA2D) en partenariat avec l’Université de Padoue en Italie, Diversité culturelle, Paix et Coopération internationale avec la Chaire ISESCO et d'autres.



Yaounde is the second largest and the capital city of Cameroon. It is located in the centre region of the country with a population approximately 2.5 million. The economy if the city is revolved around the administrative structure of the civil service and the diplomatic services. Due to this the city has a better Standard of living than the rest of the country. The city is home to many Universities such as Yaounde I, Yaounde II, Protestant University of Central Africa (UPAC) and more.

The temperature around the year remains constant and due to the altitude (2,500 ft above sea level) it is not not that hot although the country is close to the equator.





Cameroon’s Art At Musée d’Art Camerounais
For a good introduction to the city’s art, history, and culture, head to the Musée d’Art Camerounais. This museum has an amazing collection of pottery, masks, and wooden and bronze sculptures. Make sure to check out some of the nearby souvenir shops to buy a replica of your favourite art work.

The Mvog-Betsi Zoo
A great way to get up close to Cameroon’s wildlife is at the Mvog-Betsi Zoo. One of the best zoos in West Africa, Mvog-Betsi Zoo is run by the British non-profit Cameroon Wildlife Aid Fund. Almost all the animals (including gorillas and chimps) have been rescued from the bushmeat trade and poachers. You can also see exotic birds, lizards, snakes, hyenas and lions.

Mfoundi Market
One of the largest markets in Yaoundé, Mfoundi Market is situated in the centre of the city. Vendors sell anything from clothing to food and it is a great place to get a taste of how locals do things.

The Benedictine Monastery
Situated on the slope of Mont Febe is The Benedictine Monastery. One of Yaoundé’s most popular tourist attractions, the religious institution has a museum that has a wide variety of Cameroonian traditional art collections.

Lobeke National Park
Located in the Congo Basin, this amazing national park is on the border between the Central African Republic and the Republic of the Congo. You’ll be able to spend the night, go on walks, and see amazing birdlife.



Kribi, town and port located in southwestern Cameroon. It lies at the edge of the tropical rainforest zone, on the Gulf of Guinea of the Atlantic Ocean. It has an estimated population of 55,401. Due to its equatorial position, Kribi sees a short, fairly dry season and a long, very wet season. February remains the hottest month of the year and has average high temperature of 32 C (89.6 F), and an average low of 25 C (77 F). August is the coldest month with an average high of 28 C (82.4 F), and a low of 23 C (73.4 F). Humidity remains high year-round.




Fish market
This market at Kribi's marina grills the day's catch over coals. From crab and lobster to massive barracuda, you’ll find a broad selection of seafood.




Lobé Waterfall
The Chutes de la Lobé (part of the UNESCO World Heritage List) are an impressive set of waterfalls that empty directly into the sea – it's a beautiful sight.


Pygmies campsites

Only a few km away from Kribi, the pygmies campsites will allow you to share this forest people’s customary way of life thanks to traditional songs and dancing, as well as short expéditions in the forest.




Kribi is the most important seaside town in Cameroon and one of the first ones in equatorial Africa. There, you will be able to enjoy sandy beaches along the ocean lined with coconut palms.




There are plenty of natural and cultural sites that you will be able to visit if you extend your stay in Kribi and its surroundings.


Caves, hills, and peaks


  • Nkolandom caves (20 km from Ebolowa)
  • Mount Ebolow’o (overlooking Ebolowa)
  • Ako’okas, Mezesse and Ananas rocks
  • Meyo Madjom caves (overlooking the equatorial forest)
  • Bounou de Njikom watersource




  • Memve’ele waterfalls
  • Nkoumouqui waterfalls


Other sites

  • The very colourful Abang Minlo border markets
  • Muriemberg colonial ruins
  • Ossa lake
  • Campo Ma’an reserve
  • Dja reserve (classified as World Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO)
  • The firshermen village Ebodje


If you need more information regarding the attractions in Yaounde and Kribi's region, do not hesitate to address your requests to the team on site.