Tuesday, 17 January 2012
The new academic registration for Upper Nile University has started on Monday Jan., 16.
The University Secretary of the Academic Affairs, Dr. Wani Anthony said the institution has formally reopened.
“We came out with the resolution of the Dean Board on 3rd of this month that the university is officially opened on the 5th of Jan and the registration and interview of the new students start on 16 respectively,” explained Wani.
Upper Nile University academic activities got closed earlier last year due to the South Sudan referendum arrangements and did not resume very quickly because of lack of teaching staff and infrastructures according to the academic secretary.
Wani exposed that most of the lecturers in the university used to be Northern Sudanese but as a result of South Sudan independence they went back to their country.
“We are starting in spite of the difficulties the institution is facing but we have decided that our students cannot stay away for one year again.”
However, Wani revealed that the difficulties differ from faculty to faculty.
“The faculties of Education, Animal Production and Human Development have no problems. We have 90 percent of their teaching staff.” Citing out that the problems are in Human and Veterinary Medicine faculties.
Regarding faculty of Human Medicine according to Wani, it will operate in Khartoum at Bahri University with all its senior students from 3rd up to sixth year except for the new admission of 2011/2012.
“We have signed a memorandum with Bahri University in Khartoum to allow our medical students to complete their studies in Sudan,” said Wani
Wani said though northern students were asked by Khartoum to go back, some Darfur and South Kordufan students decided to continue in Upper Nile University. According to him they will be given normal consideration.
Dr. Wani said the institution has enough space of lecture rooms that can take 600 students. He added that students’ hostels are arranged two months ago and ready to be used if the students come in. “The contractor is there on ground to give students the needed services in their hostels.”
Dr. Wani Anthony asked the Government of South Sudan to give salary of the university staff on time in order to attract new employees to come from abroad to work in South Sudan universities.