The Plateau Karavia district, a municipality adjacent to the city of Lubumbashi, is the seat of the "Marian Citadel" of the Don Bosco Salesians, as well home to the Secondary Institute of Arts and Crafts of Mary Help of Christians (ISAMM) of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians. And this is where the Salesian University of St John Bosco (USB) shall rise.
Approximately 3 years are expected to complete this project's first phase at the end of which, in 2020, EcoPo - which has already been active and operational since 2010, but at other facilities - will be able to use its own buildings.
The first stone was set by Fr Jean-Claude Ngoy - who had just concluded his term as Inspector a few days before - along with the new Provincial, Fr Albert Kabuge, and the EcoPo Management Committee. According to EcoPo's CEO, Prof. Emmanuel Banywesize, it will be possible to accommodate "at least 2,500 students" with these new buildings.
The Salesian University project shall gather several institutions of higher education in one location: the EcoPo, the Salama School of Information Technology (ESIS, in French), the Theological Institute of St. Francis of Sales, and the St John Bosco Higher Institute of Philosophy.