South Sudan

30 November 2022

2023 YALI East Africa Regional Leadership Program Cohorts 49, 50 & 51 for Young Leaders in East & Central Africa …

The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) was launched by former President of the United States Barack Obama as a signature effort to invest in the next generation of African Leaders. Read more

Deported South Sudan Student Accuses Egypt of Torturing Him

A South Sudanese student, who has now been deported, has accused the Egyptian government of torturing him whilst in detention. In October Daniel Bol Deng, 28, was part of a protest at the South Sudanese embassy against deteriorating living conditions at the Egyptian university he was studying at, … Read more

Region’s MPs Worry About ‘Quack’ Private Institutions

There is an urgent need for the Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA) and member states from the East African Community (EAC) to address the issue of poor quality of education, especially in private universities, if the region is to train future drivers of regional social economic development. Read more

SA Students Face Expulsion and Deportation from Russian Institutions

South African students studying medicine in Russia have voiced their concerns, as expulsion and deportation are looming their way. This after their visas had not been renewed, while they hadn’t done their medical checkups to enable them to further stay. Read more

Security Summon Staff Union Leader Over Strike

South Sudanese security agents on Wednesday summoned the chairperson of the University of Bahr el Ghazal staff union, a day after members demanded implementation of their salary adjustments. Read more

South Africa’s Universities Rank Among the Top 100 in the World for These Subjects – Including Space Science

US News has published its latest Best Global University Ranking for 2022/23, listing 13 South African universities among the best in the world – four of which have ranked among the top 100 schools in nine subjects. Read more

‘There is So Such Thing as an African University’

The idea of universities in Africa as places for the pursuit of knowledge has been denigrated by influential voices promoting the view that they should rather operate as instruments to fix the continent’s maladies, says Patrício Langa, an associate professor of higher education at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa. Read more

UCT Ranked One of the Best Universities Across the World 

The University of Cape Town (UCT) continues to fly the South African flag higher after it was ranked first in Africa by US News & World Report Best Global Universities Rankings. Read more

UKZN’s Nobel in Africa Jazz Session Brings Together Jazz Musicians and Top Physicists

The Nobel in Africa Jazz Session, hosted by the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), brought together prominent jazz musicians and top physicists for interaction and dialogue in Glenwood on Tuesday. Read more

 

31 October 2022

Aim for “Sound Education” in Universities to Fight Ignorance: South Sudanese Archbishop

The Archbishop of Juba in South Sudan has urged students in the East-Central African nation to aim for “sound education” at university level. Read more

Developing the Right Type of Leaders for Climate Action

Business schools and universities cannot rely on developing wise ‘guru’ leaders or ‘hero CEOs’ if they want to contribute to tackling the global environmental crisis, according to the recent CEMS report, Leading for the Future of Our Planet, released on 28 September. Instead, they should promote the concept of ‘collective leadership’, the report says. Read more

DRC Minister of Education Visits Inter-University Council for East Africa 

The Democratic Republic of Congo Minister of Higher Education, Muhindo Nzangi Butondo has on Monday visited the Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA) offices in Kampala. Read more

South Sudanese Students in Egypt Stage Sit-in at Cairo Embassy 

South Sudanese students are protesting in Egypt against deteriorating conditions at the university campus and after being asked by universities to pay for their accommodation. Read more

S. Sudanese Students Lose Court Case against Kampala University

Uganda High Court has terminated the case of South Sudanese students seeking graduation from Kampala University’s main campus, having completed studies at the embattled Juba branch. Read more

 

30 September 2022

Mining and Minerals have had Limited Educational Benefits

The story of mineral discoveries and mining in Africa being a social curse for the continent is likely to persist after researchers at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank recently found no conclusive evidence of intergenerational mobility into higher education in most African countries and districts where extractions of mineral resources occur. Read more

Network Will Support Implementation of Addis Convention

A group of African countries has launched the African Network of National Implementation Structures, a framework that will coordinate and campaign for the recognition of higher education qualifications, as well as facilitate academic mobility and inter-university cooperation across the continent. Read more

Prof Akec, CES Govt Lock Horns Over Land Ownership

The government of Central Equatoria State has denied allegations of encroachment on parts of the land owned by the University of Juba. Read more

South Sudan Redefining the Education Trajectory…

On 5th September 2022, the Hon. Undersecretary, Ministry of General Education, and Instruction Dr. Kuyok Abol Kuyok, and the UNESCO Country Representative and Head of Office to South Sudan Mr. Julius Banda officially launched the South Sudan Education Sector Analysis and the development of the new Education Sector Plan (2023-2027). Read more

 

31 August 2022

Dr. John Garang Memorial University of Science and Technology: Transformation Process Since its Establishment in 2008

The Institute of Science and Technology was established by order No. 3, 2008, During laying of the foundation stone, President Salva Kiir gave it the name of Dr. John Garang Memorial University of Science and Technology. Read more

RUFORUM Board Appoints a New Executive Secretary

Professor Theresia Nkuo-Akenji, RUFORUM Board Chair and Vice Chancellor University of Bamenda in Cameroon today announced the appointment of Dr. Patrick Okori as the next RUFORUM Executive Secretary effective 01 January 2023. Read more

 

31 July 2022

UNESCO Trains South Sudan Journalists on Media Incidents Reporting

UNESCO in partnership with the Union of Journalists of South Sudan (UJOSS), and Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO) has trained twenty South Sudanese journalists on reporting incidents targeting media professionals in the country. Read more

 

30 June 2022

Date Set for Hearing of Kampala University, South Sudan Students’ Graduation Row

Court in Uganda has announced that the first court session between Kampala University and its South Sudanese students at the Juba College is expected to begin on 11 July. This week, the university blocked about 1,000 students at its Juba branch from graduating. Read more

Flagship TVET Project: A Few Sparks Can Light a Prairie Fire

Countries in East Africa, led by Ethiopia, Kenya, and Tanzania, have taken a big step towards regional cooperation in technical and vocational education and training (TVET). Read more

Kampala University Juba Branch was Suspended in 2017…

Last week, about 300 South Sudanese students who completed their studies from the Juba-based Kampala University staged a peaceful protest after they were denied graduation – a decision that has not yet been justified. Read more

Over 300 Sudanese Students Studying at Juba’s Kampala University Threatened to Use the Institution Over the Graduation Farce.

This comes as the University’s main Campus in Uganda prepares to hold its 19th graduation ceremony. Read more

Police, Military Central in State Assaults on Students

Of 28 profiled countries in Education Under Attack 2022, half are in Africa. The highest number of incidents on the continent were recorded in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Mali. The study reports more than 5,000 attacks on education facilities, students and educators, or military incidents, globally in the past two years. Read more

Will the Success of South Sudan’s Top University Hurt the Others?

The University of Juba has emerged strong from decades of turmoil, topped by a pandemic. But other institutions are suffering, … Read more

 

31 May 2022

Report Shows How Conflict Stymies Research and Innovation

Among other responsibilities, higher education institutions are mandated to teach and to conduct research to generate evidence-based solutions to societal challenges. But conducting research can be daunting for academics in higher education institutions in conflict-ridden areas in Africa. Read more

Solutions from Nature, My Story

As a female running the Lin-Rayon General Trading Company Ltd, I have become a role model to many, my social network has expanded to both young and adults and I am able to cover for my living expenses and provide for  some school requirements for my children and family members. Read more

 

30 April 2022

South Sudan Rolls Out Varsity Admissions Targeting 32,000 Students

April 12, 2022 Emmanuel Kiden (left) and Lillian Adong display admission forms as they talk to the media. They are some of the students eagerly waiting to Join University. Read more

 

31 March 2022

63 Students Benefit from the East African Community Scholarship…

The Inter- University Council for East Africa (IUCEA) is pleased to announce that sixty-three (63) scholarships have been awarded to applicants from all the six (6) East African Community Partner States (Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania & Uganda). Read more

Evacuation of Africa’s Students from Ukraine Continues

While 17 African countries were among the 35 states that abstained from voting on a United Nations resolution on Wednesday 2 March demanding that Russia “immediately, completely and unconditionally withdraw all of its military forces from the territory of Ukraine”…Read more

Four Year Project to Strengthen Vocational Training Launched in South Suda

UNESCO, the Embassy of Sweden in South Sudan and the Ministry of General Education and Instruction, launched a four-year project on “Strengthening TVET in South Sudan” on 10 March 2022 in Juba. The project seeks to strengthen Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in South Sudan from 2021 – 2025. Read more

UNESCO and South Sudan Strengthen Cooperation

The meeting brought together Ministers and senior government officials from the Ministry of Information, Telecommunication and Postal services, Ministry of Higher Education, Ministry of General Education and Instruction, Ministry of Mining, Ministry of Culture, Museums and National Heritage… Read more

 

28 February 2022

South Sudan, Kenya Universities Pledges to Promote Academic, Research Cooperation 

Zetech University of Kenya and Upper Nile University of South Sudan on Friday pledged to promote academic and research cooperate between the two sisterly countries. Read more

Student’s Press Club launched ahead of the World Radio Celebrations in Juba

The National Press Club and Juba University in partnership with UNESCO and the Canadian Embassy launched a student’s press club at the University of Juba ahead of the World Radio Celebrations in Juba. Read more

University Systems in 45 Countries have Barely Been Studied

Higher education in Africa has become a frequently researched topic from 2000 onwards, but the systems in 45 out of 54 countries on the continent have barely been studied and 20 countries lack internal higher education expertise. This is a matter of concern, states a new study. Read more

 

31 January 2022

Internet Blackouts: Governments Undermined HE Delivery

Eleven African countries have been included in a list of 21 countries whose governments deliberately shut down internet access for their citizens in the course of 2021 – in most cases, to quell civil unrest, but a move that undermined higher education institutions, … Read more

 

30 November 2021

New Matchmaking Platform Could Help to Close the Skills Gap

The East African Community (EAC), through its project Digital Skills for an Innovative East African Industry (dSkills@EA), has launched an online skills matchmaking platform for young people in the East African countries of Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda. Read more

The Republic of South Sudan Validates the National Unified TVET Policy 

In South Sudan, more than 30-line ministries and government institutions are mandated to implement Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in addition to the development partners, private and faith-based training centers. Read more

 

31 October 2021

Calls for Closure of Universities Lacking Accreditation

The head of South Sudan’s Economic Cluster Sub-Committee on non-oil revenues and Minister of Animal Resources and Fisheries Onyoti Adigo has urged the country’s minister of higher education science and technology to shut down the branches of Christian and Kampala universities in South Sudan to avoid awarding credentials… Read more

 

30 September 2021

Republic of South Sudan Students Thanksgiving Message to Hawassa University

Dr. Tombek Lino Maringgaba and Dr. Mokiry Mayomi who are international postgraduate students from the Republic of South Sudan in the college of Medicine and Health Sciences at Hawassa University have shared their thanksgiving message to Hawassa University. Read more

 

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