South Sudan Education Minister learns from UB
Dated : 10.03.2017
Sudan’s Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology, Justice Yien Oral Lam Tut, visited the University of Botswana School of Nursing on March 8, 2017 to learn from and explore areas of cooperation.
The Minister expressed South Sudan’s desire to collaborate with UB given that as a newly established 56th African state following a 36-year war of liberation, the country had to learn and share experiences from other countries on the continent. Justice Tut said South Sudan was facing economic hardships that posed a threat to the education system.
“As South Sudan, we lag behind on issues of education. We need to explore and learn from other countries in an effort to establish areas of cooperation, and I thank UB for hosting us,” he said.
He noted that South Sudan could benefit and learn a lot from UB‘s School of Nursing, and that collaboration between the University and his country would strengthen their programmes.
Justice Tut indicated that South Sudan and UB were to sign a Memorandum of Agreement which would facilitate the training of lecturers from his country to equip them with better qualifications.
Justice Tut was impressed by facilities at UB, and appealed for scholarships in different disciplines. He said they felt honored to be hosted by UB, hence he was looking forward to a fruitful cooperation.
The East African nation delegation also comprised the Permanent Secretary in the Ministryof Higher Education, Science and Technology, Bol Dona Chol; Director General, Dr. Benjamin Gabriel Apa; Ambassador of South Sudan in South Africa, Mr Simon Pech Biliw; and Education Attaché in Nairobi Kenya, Ms Dicho Elizabeth Clement. The Sudanese delegation also had the opportunity to visit Oodi College of Arts and Botswana Accountancy College.
Giving an overview of the School of Health Sciences, UB Dean of the Faculty of Health Science, Professor Yohana Mashalla, said the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement between UB and South Sudan would create further opportunities for cooperation in different areas. Professor Mashalla said the UB School of Nursing was accredited with the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Excellence.
He said the school has other partnerships with other universities in Africa and abroad. He noted that institutional collaborations were of vital importance to the Department of Health Sciences and Technology since they facilitated broad networking, both at national and international levels.