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Corrected: John Garang University signs collaboration agreement with US Universities

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June 15, 2010 (BOR) – John Garang’s learning University for science and technology in Jonglei state has signed a collaboration agreement with a number of American universities in the area of sharing expertise.

Prof. Agrey A. Majok (L) of Dr. John Memorial University, Joseph King of Texas A&M University look on as Prof. Kamal Mohamed of State University of New York signs the agreement of collaboration in Bor on Tuesday, June 15, 2010 (ST)The agreement was signed on Tuesday in Bor town by the University and Khartoum University with the University of New York and A&M University in Texas. Other two universities of Iowa and Michigan were listed as willing members of the consortium and were represented by non-active staff during the meeting.

The American universities would share expertise in the areas of training and research as well as conduct students exchange visits with the two Sudanese higher learning institutions. The training and research will be on fish conservation, dairy production, environmental studies, water management and cereal crops production and management.

Established after formation of the Government of Southern Sudan about four years ago, Dr. John Garang University of Science and Technology, though facing difficulties, was upgraded to the level of university during elections campaigns promises by President Omer Hassan el-Bashir.

Prof. Agrey A. Majok of Dr. John Garang Memorial University, signed on behalf of the Institute, Joseph King of Texas’s A&M University signed on behalf of the university while Prof. Kamal Mohamed signed on behalf of University of New York.

Local and international participants hailed the agreement as a milestone that paves the way for a memorandum of understanding to be reached by the collaboration partners in the near future.

Jonglei state governor, Kuol Manyang Juuk, welcomed the agreement and urged the academicians to utilize the "untapped resources" in his state’s populous and vast, but underdeveloped area "in order to answer specific questions of economic concerns."

He further praised the Vice Chancellor of Dr. John Garang Memorial University, Prof. Agrey Ayuen Majok, for the success of the agreement, which he said, was a fruit of his last year’s visit to the US.

Prof. Ayuen revealed to Sudan Tribune on Tuesday that the collaboration agreement will open the door for further separate talks between Dr. John Garang Memorial University and some other US universities to finalize their respective memorandum of understanding.

"Each of the American Universities, based on this agreement we have signed today, will then have a memorandum of understanding with Dr. John Memorial University of Science and Technology and thereafter we will begin the process of implementations," he said.

(ST)

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  • 16 June 2010 02:50, by Dinka Boy

    John Garang Institute faculties has done excellence agreement with the higest institutions in the USA so that our students gain respected skills. The school need to introduced Business management,Finance, Marketing, Economics, HR, Enviromental studies( agriculture, wildlife,tourism, and biology), nursing, and related courses through their exchange. The Government of Jonglei State need to work on the ways to facilitate this agreement and if it works,they have to exchange the tallented ones that can represent Dr John Garang Institute accademically. Other the agreement is great if it happen.
    Thanks

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    • 16 June 2010 06:17, by Angelo Ajiech Manyuat

      Thanks Dr. John’s institution staffs for your initiative & brilliant idea ever. In fact, I really appreciated your excellent job so far because linking our unversities with western Universities will enhance our standard of education. Opposite to that, we need better education in South Sudan so that our children will not go to east Africa again for better education. I wish that the GOSS will put education and development in their agenda as top priorities. Lastly, I hope that other Universities in the South will do the same thing.

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  • 16 June 2010 08:19, by RAHELA GARANG

    That is a step forward, well done everyone. I think the local tribes in South Sudan should just focuse on the war of education rathar than killing each other. A well informed person thinks differently from a non informed person, who doesn’t want to get that chance of exchange studies to learn new ideas and see things on a different pespective? The most disappointing thing with our people is that when someone comes up with such a good idea, the people who thing they know more tend to interfere and turn things inside-out. We should instead support people like Agrey Ayuen and his staff to do more for the sake of our own Counrty.

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