South Sudan

31 August 2021

ECW Interviews the Honourable Awut Deng Acuil, …

Recently, Minister Acuil made history as the first women to lead a South Sudan university when she was appointed head of council at the University of Bahr El-Ghazal. Read more

I Plan to Supply High Graded Tomatoes and Onions in South Sudan

Based on market surveys from the South Sudan Ministry of Agriculture and Chamber of Commerce, vegetable farming has been struggling in the past 10 years, despite the potential that the region has to produce its own vegetables. Read more

The University of Juba and UNHCR Formalise Partnership to Re-Establish a Center of Excellence…

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency and the University of Juba on Wednesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to formalise their collaboration and to support the re-establishment of a Centre for Excellence on Forced Displacement and Peacebuilding. Read more

 

30 June 2021

Funding Levels of Higher Education a Grave Concern

According to UNESCO’s new science report entitled The Race Against Time for Smarter Development, the main worry is whether the current level of funding of tertiary education systems in the region will enable universities to embark on teaching, development and deployment of new state-of-the-art technologies such as artificial intelligence, nanotechnology and robotics. Read more

 

31 May 2021

Lack of Internships Could Harm Post-Conflict Recovery

Students in South Sudan are angry and frustrated at the lack of internship opportunities in their country because of the COVID-19 pandemic, saying the problem is delaying the completion of their university education. Read more

 

30 April 2021

Battery-Powered Offline Virtual Libraries for Students

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has provided digital libraries to the University of Juba and the Whitaker Peace and Development Initiative Community Learning Centre in South Sudan to bring online educational materials to students with limited or no internet access and power. Read more

Status of Higher Education and TVET Sector in South Sudan

South Sudan’s higher education sector was managed by the Sudanese government. The country is still emerging from decades of conflict that claimed some 3.5 million South Sudanese lives. Read more

 

31 January 2021

Decolonisation Through Inclusive Virtual Collaboration

“There is an urgency to rethink internationalisation in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. We have to ensure that all students can participate in internationalisation and prepare them for a world in which they have to navigate unknown spaces.” Read more

Distance Linstitution Told to Reduce New Enrolments

Thousands of students hoping to enrol to study at the University of South Africa (UNISA) will not be able to realise their dreams after the university council was instructed by the Minister of Higher Education… Read more

French, Portuguese Should be Encouraged for Postgraduates

The majority of the population is conversant in multiple languages, and people code-switch comfortably, depending on the circumstance (English-speaking South Africans are the general exception). Read more

Online Learning Set to Continue, Financial Outlook Gloomy

South Africa’s Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, Blade Nzimande, has outlined plans for the reopening of tertiary institutions amid the COVID-19 pandemic… Read more

Outgoing UCT Ombud Tells of Threats, Suspension and Censorship in Parting Letter

The outgoing University of Cape Town (UCT) Ombud’s parting letter to the institution reveals a tense relationship with management. Read more

Space Science Boost as MeerKAT Leads to Two New Galaxies

Africa’s space science may not be ready to send a manned craft to the moon, but the recent discoveries of two new giant radio galaxies using South Africa’s powerful MeerKAT telescope have served as a reminder of the continent’s growing space scientific capacity. Read more

Thought Leaders Discuss Design’s Role Towards a More Sustainable Future

According to Botes, who is also the President of the Design Education Forum of Southern Africa (DEFSA), the new-year presents the ideal opportunity to think about the ebbs and tides of the past, and arising opportunities ahead, and, with this, what influences design, past, present, and future. Read more

UCT Alum’s Book Chosen for South Africa’s World Read Aloud Day

Nal’ibali, the South African reading-for-enjoyment campaign, is inviting caregivers across the country to partake in World Read Aloud Day, where the chosen book was authored by a University of Cape Town (UCT) alum. Read more

UCT’s Herman Wasserman Leads Global Study on Disinformation

The scoping study aims to map the actors currently working in the counter-disinformation space and identify current frameworks upon which interventions are based; to learn from current approaches, tools and methods of countering disinformation… Read more

UCT Libraries’ New Platform Supports Publishing of African-Centric Research

The University of Cape Town (UCT) Libraries has developed a new continental platform for open access publishing in Africa. Read more

UKZN Community Assists Staff Affected by Fire

The UKZN community has assisted 23 staff members affected by a fire at Umgudulu Road, an informal settlement in Reservoir Hills in Durban. Read more

UKZN Suspends 2021 Reopening Due to Covid-19 Second Wave

The University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) has announced that it will be postponing the reopening of its campuses on the 4 January 2021 in the best interests of the university community and their families following the recent presidential address. Read more

UJ Maths Guru Prof Michael Henning Receives Coveted A1 Rating…

University of Johannesburg (UJ) expert mathematician Professor Michael Henning has received a much-coveted A1 rating for the third time. Read more

Union Calls on Universities not to Abuse Workers by Calling them Back to Unsafe Campuses

Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister Blade Nzimande is expected to receive an updated report of how many staff members and students got infected by and died from Covid-19. Read more

Unisa Student Designs Innovative Bin to Solve Food Waste Problem

The frustration of seeing tons of food ending up as waste at many Tshwane dump sites compelled a Unisa education student to think out of the box. Read more

UP’s Faculty of Law Celebrates Youngest Current UP Professor 

The Faculty of Law (UP Law) at the University of Pretoria (UP) recently announced the promotion of colleagues to higher academic rank. Among the successful candidates is UP law alumnus and scholar, Dr Joel Modiri, whose promotion to associate professor as from 1 January 2021 will also make him the youngest professor… Read more

Why I Choose COVID-19 Vaccination Based on Verifiable Evidence

A COVID-19 vaccine is on the way, but a huge hurdle will be to convince vaccine-hesitant people to receive it. Read more

Wits Scientists Artificially Infect Mosquitoes with Human Malaria to Develop Treatment

Wits University has partnered with local and global scientists to develop a treatment for malaria by infecting mosquitoes with human malaria. Read more

 

31 October 2020

Juba University Temporarily Closes for Undergraduate Students

University of Juba issued a circular announcing that the school will temporarily close for undergraduate lectures until November 23 to give students ample time to clear with finance department and get their temporary identity cards. Read more

Egypt, South Sudan Ink Coop. Protocol on Higher Education

Higher Education Minister Khaled Abdel Ghaffar signed on Saturday 24/10/2020 a cooperation protocol with South Sudanese Minister of Higher Education, Science, and Technology Gabriel Changson at the ministry’s premises. Read more

South Sudan University Students Strike Over Hike in Tuition Fees and Access Restriction

South Sudan’s University of Juba students staged a protest at the University entrance citing the unexpected increment in school fees and access restriction to those who haven’t cleared their feet. Read more

South Sudan Warns Employees After a Court Sentenced Three Men to 4 Years in Prison for Forging Education.

The Ministry of General Education has warned the people who used fake academic certificates to secure jobs saying that it will ensure they lose those jobs. Read more

 

30 September 2020

COVID-19: South Sudan’s Schools Set to Reopen, Minister Says

“…it was decided that schools and higher learning institutions should re-open at times to be fixed by the General and Higher Education ministries. The guidelines to be followed will be issued by the concerned ministries.” Read more

South Sudan to Reopen Schools After COVID-19 Closure

Cabinet meeting decides primary, secondary schools, universities should reopen following recent virus decline. Read more

 

30 August 2020

Amid Instability and Fragility, Universities Push for Reopening

South Sudan is struggling to deliver a plan to reopen its higher education sector in September, just as the country is emerging from civil war. The latest push follows an abortive attempt to pull South Sudan’s universities out of lockdown in May. Read more

 

30 April 2020

COVID-19 Casts a Long Shadow Over HE Rebuilding Efforts

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted efforts by South Sudan tertiary education leaders and ministers within the newly-formed South Sudan unity government to restore the country’s universities, many of which were devastated by the years of civil war that may now have ended. Read more

Juba College of Nursing and Midwifery to receive educational materials

The Juba College of Nursing and Midwifery is set to receive educational materials from Solar Powered Educational Learning Library (SolarSpell) to help students learn through technology. Read more

 

28 February 2020

Building Sudan’s New TVET Strategy

Emerging from political crisis, Sudan is taking steps to strengthen its education and training system. The country faces challenges such as an illiterate adult population that has been on the rise and high levels of youth unemployment. Read more

Internet Universality Indicators Assessment Launched in Sudan, First in a Country in Transition

The Sudanese National Telecommunications and Post Regulatory Authority (TPRA) and UNESCO jointly organized the launch of an Internet Universality Indicators (IUI) self-assessment in Sudan, as funded by SIDA. Read more

University Withdraws Honours for Al-Bashir Regime Members

The council of Sudan University of Science and Technology, one of the country’s largest public universities, has approved the withdrawal of honorary degrees awarded to four members of the regime of ousted Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir. Read more

 

31 January 2020

Imprisoned Cambridge Student Released, Lawyer Says

A Cambridge University student who had been detained in a “modern-day hellhole” in South Sudan has been pardoned and released, his lawyer said. Read more

 

31 December 2019

Episcopal University Plans Campus in Ravaged South Sudan Town

Rokon, a small town ravaged by decades of civil war, will be the site of a new branch campus of the Episcopal University of South Sudan, according to church officials, who broke ground there on December 18. Read more

 

31 August 2019

South Sudan UNHCR Operational Update (1 – 15 August 2019)

300+ refugee secondary school students sat for the pre-screening exam for a university scholarship through the DAFI programme. Read more

 

31 July 2019

Higher Education Minister Says He Resolved Students’ Complaint in Morocco

South Sudan’s Minister of Higher Education said he had resolved complaints raised by dozens of students on government scholarships in the Kingdom of Morocco. Read more

 

31 March 2019

One Last Chance to Save a Bastion of Higher Education

The University of Juba has been a pole of stability, a bastion of higher education, and a symbol of resilience in South Sudan over the last five years. This is despite the enormous economic, security and political challenges the country has been facing since the outbreak of civil war in 2013. Read more

 

31 January 2019

South Sudanese Doctor Honors his South Korean Mentor

A South Sudanese medical doctor Thomas Taban Akot who studied medicine in Inje University in South Korea honors a South Korean he described as “an older brother figure.” Read more

 

30 June 2017

New Episcopal University to Help Meet Growing HE Demand

The Episcopal Church of South Sudan and Sudan University Partnership, or ECSSSUP, is establishing a multi-campus university with a Christian ethos in a move aimed at meeting increasing demand for higher education in the country and improving quality. Read more

 

15 May 2017

Higher Education on the Brink of Disastrous Closures

There is near consensus among the global community that no country can develop or compete in the global marketplace without establishing universities that provide quality higher education and conduct research that informs national policies and drives innovation. Read more

Universities Offer Lessons in Survival Strategies

South Sudan’s higher education system is one of the most poorly funded government sectors and faces a myriad challenges including infrastructural inadequacy and staff shortages. Nonetheless it is employing coping strategies which offer invaluable lessons for comparable higher education systems in (post-) conflict contexts. Read more

 

15 July 2016

South Sudan’s Main Public University Lecturers Halt Strike

Lecturers of the five public universities in South Sudan have announced halting a strike after receiving assurances from the government their demands would be met in due course. Read more

 

15 February 2016

South Sudan To Hire 20,000 Zimbabwean Teachers:

South Sudan’s education minister, John Gai is in Zimbabwe to plans to hiring of hundreds of its teachers and nurses to work in the young nation. Read more