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John Garang institute starts degree program


By Philip Thon Aleu

October 2, 2008 (BOR) – Lectures begin at John Garang Institute of Science and Technology in Bor on Wednesday after government and affiliated European university reached a consensus. Institute officials say lessons will never be interrupted again.

John Garang Institute

The institute, according to the amended agreement, is divided into two; branch of Free International University of Moldova (ULIM) and another one supported by the government of Southern Sudan (with the name).

The institutes will co-exist at the same campus, dean of students David Malual Wuor revealed on Wednesday. However, the government own institute’s enrolment remain unclear though next year has been widely speculated for the commencement. Government of Southern Sudan has already passed 3 millions Sudanese pounds (6 million USD) in support for her institute.

Director of John Garang Institute branch of ULIM told Sudan Tribune that, government allowed ULIM to own a private institution here and will support the registration process.

"We are going to apply for legal existence through GoSS ministry of education to the federal ministry of higher Education," Bordeian Aurel, the director of the operating institute told Sudan Tribune at the Institute Wednesday.

Ahned Baloul, an official from the Moldovian ULIM welcomed Jonglei decision to allow ULIM’s branch. "We are very thankful to the government for allowing us a branch here and it will never stop again," he affirmed.

Lectures never commenced on September 15 as scheduled earlier due to lecturers’ delay to come to Bor sparked by presidential decree that does not affiliate the Institute to ULIM.

On the other hand, Aurel warned that the institute operation would be swinging tough by financial support after October. He said ASCOM Oil Company, in an agreement with Jonglei state, sponsored 40 students but supplied for 103 students (total enrolment so far) for the access course and had agreed to do so until November.

Aurel expressed concern about the sponsorship 63 students.

"This is a serious problem… thus ULIM is ready to organize studies for all students," he said. He notifies that any change in policy between ASCOM and government will automatically be felt at the institute.

"If ASCOM go, there is no possibility to stay but if we find good support, we can stay," he asserted.

Talks are in progress between ASCOM and Jonglei government for the remaining 63 students. A source from negotiations told Sudan Tribune the deal is very close.

Ascom failed to find oil in two drilling operations in Joglei Satet, the Moldavian firm has started last September drilling a third oil well. The oil firm works on a portion of block 5B, covering more than 20,000 square km, where it begun drilling in January 2008.


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  • 3 October 2008 11:27, by Simon Puok Nyang Tutjiek

    Itis the benefit of all Southern sudanese to have that university, so I encouraging the people who are inhabiting the area to keeep the university secure for their benefit as well as the benefit of all Sudanese.
    We were hearing rumours of crisis in the institute but this is not the good stay therefore its you as the a cetizen to take this opportunity to upgrade and protect the institute no matters of what kind or level you are.
    The director and the other members should take pleasure to initiate the external donation and the full support from our government.

    Puok Nyang Tutjiek Deng Chol

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    • 3 October 2008 14:34, by Paul Yithak

      First of all, I would like to congratulate all the parties involved in the initiation and building-up of this Institue, for having thought of establishing the nucleus of the would be, our future great institution of higher learning, especially the people of Jonglie State and South Sudan as whole. As a part of self realization, we need to support this great institution. I would therefore add my voice to my brother Puock Nyang, we should initiate a donation process to start with the people of Jonglie, both inside and in Diaspora, to contribute and I would start by donating $100 dollars towards this fund. If the idea is OK, then we can ask the South Sudan liaison office in Washington DC to open an account in the name of the University, for those in North Amerce, we can also ask our brothers in Europe and Australia to choose a focal point where monthly donations would be also collected. I would also like to urge all the sons and daughters of Jonglie who are holding positions in the GOSS, SLA to also choose a focal point and collect monthly donation. By supporting this important Intuition, we are paying tribute to our fallen hero Dr. Johan De Mabior, who has made such great sacrifice that we need to keep his vision of self realization through self- reliance. If the Eritrean were able to liberate them selves through small donation collected from all Eritrean all over the World, why don’t we do the same? Our big enemies are those Jalabs, who wants to keep us as their subjects, and drain our wealth, but our greater enemy is ignorance and poverty, through Education; we can defeat the unholy trinity of Jalaba’s colonialism, poverty, disease and backwardness in all fields’ of life, then automatically tribalism, corruption would fade away. We can then move with confidence, in our long walk to be a respected, independent free nation.

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