Newly Created Catholic University in DRC to Respond to Needs of Church, Society: Cardinal

Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo signing the decree creating Omnia Catholic University in DR Congo's Kinshasa Archdiocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo

The newly created Catholic University in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is meant to respond to the needs of the “society and the Church”, the Local Ordinary of Kinshasa Archdiocese that is behind the initiative has said.

On May 14, Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo signed a decree creating the Catholic institution of higher learning under the name, Omnia University.

“We hope the newly created Omnia Omnibus University (Omnia University) will respond more closely and primarily to the needs of society and the Church of Kinshasa,” Cardinal Ambongo said during the event held at the Cardinal Monsengwo School Complex in DRC’s capital city, Kinshasa.

The Congolese Cardinal noted that the university has a “great pastoral importance,” adding that the Archdiocese of Kinshasa that “accompanies a large number of children and young people, wants to offer them a full course of education, which seems to me to be more responsible pastorally, that is to say, to provide the young people of our diocese with a full support, from kindergarten through primary, secondary to university.”

Also speaking at the event, the president of the ad hoc committee responsible for the university, Prof. Albert Malukusa called for a collaborative approach in running the Catholic institution saying, “This young university counts on the support of the Clergy and the faithful of the Archdiocese. Omnia University should reflect the vitality of the Archdiocese of Kinshasa.”


Omnia University, which is being operationalized under the motto, “science, conscience and excellence,” is expected to offer training in Human Sciences, Technological Sciences, Medicine and Health Sciences.

Reflecting on the motto of the institution, Prof. Malukusa said, “By science, we mean the knowledge and skills that the university is called upon to pass on to the young people entrusted to it by society.”

“By conscience, we mean the sense of responsibility, commitment and seriousness that our university demands of all the key players in university life with a view to a profound transformation of our society,” the Congolese scholar explained.

He continued, “By excellence, we expect the ideal of the Congolese training as a reference model to make it possible to make a difference in the field.”

Omnia University is being established on a 1,000-hactare land in the East of Kinshasa. 

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For the 2021/2022 academic year, however, the university is set to operate from four other institutions, that is, the Faculty of Development Institute, the Catholic Institute of Kinshasa and the Saints Kaggwa and John XXII Major Seminaries.

Jude Atemanke is a Cameroonian journalist with a passion for Catholic Church communication. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Buea in Cameroon. Currently, Jude serves as a journalist for ACI Africa.