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Catholic University opens in Juba


By Isaac Vuni

April 15, 2009 (JUBA) – St. Mary’s University of Juba was inaugurated today by the Government of Southern Sudan’s state Minister of Gender, Social Welfare and Religious Affairs, Mary Kiden Kimbo.

The university is the second private one in the capital of southern Sudan, and funding has just come at an opportune time through a multi-donor fund, disclosed Kimbo, when southerners are in real need of social workers to handle the estimated 50,000 disabled persons in southern Sudan.

The Catholic Church in Sudan has played a role in education in both the North and South, even educating some key political figures including Sadiq al-Mahdi.

“Ignorance would be more expensive to eradicate than poverty, the father of chronic diseases in southern Sudan,” said Kiden officiating at the inauguration on behalf of President Salva Kiir Mayardit.

According to Catholic regulation, His Grace Archbishop Paulino Lukudu Loro automatically becomes the Vice Chancellor of the university.

Today, Minister Kimbo thanked the church official for being a staunch supporter of the people’s movement during time of unrest and in time of peace by providing relief, health care and now education to all without discrimination.

She emphasized that one can be come a good and law-abiding citizen by getting off rid of ignorance.

Last year GOSS awarded certificates of honour to the late Fr. Saturnino Lohure Ilangi, Archbishop Paulino Lokudu Loro, Bishop Paride Taban, Bishop Makram Maxes, Bishop Caesar Mazzolari, Bishop Nathaniel Garang of the Episcopal Church in Sudan (ECS), Bishop Joseph Marona of ECS, , Manasi Dawidi Binyi of ECS, Levi Hassan of ECS and Wilson Arop of ECS amongst many others.

Archbishop Paulino Lukudu Loro said that according to Catholicism, priests should be educated through the university level as they are to serve different people of the world and expressed appreciation for the funding and building of the second private higher-education institution in Juba.

He appealed to donors not to abandon the archdiocese at the very beginning of the university, urging all southerners to be responsible in nursing this institution to become the best of its kind.

Speaking on behalf of the Central Equatoria State Governor, a state minister lauded the Catholic Church for positive achievement in the field of developing human resources in Southern Sudan, where many had missed opportunity for better education during the fight to liberate marginalized Sudanese.

Stephen Lemi, who heads the education ministry in the university’s host state, pledged to support the university to the best of their ability.

Fourteen pioneer students are already attending classes since March 2, in the college of rehabilitation sciences. According to an Italian who spoke at the event, the organization La Nostra Famiglia has developed cooperation with the archdiocese of Juba to support the initiative.

The dean of college, Manuela Vittor, read out a list of the pioneer students, one of whom — Oketta Robert — voiced expectation that they would be awarded each a bachelor’s degree in rehabilitation with the focus on making differences in lives of disabled and handicapped persons, the first of its kind in southern Sudan.

He appeal to GOSS to meet tuition fees through scholarships while asking university authorities to install an internet café, library and sports facilities to avail new information access and relevant physiotherapy for body and mental building.

He also thanked the university administration for extending next year’s admission to include all states of the south, while urging GOSS to establish rehabilitation centers in all states.


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  • 16 April 2009 04:47, by HONEY

    Excellent, we need home-grown graduates in our country. I really appreciate the efforts of all the people who have already built and are willing to build private unies in southern Sudan. Thank you very much and i hope we will see real results.

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    • 16 April 2009 06:37, by Rodolfo Riak

      Very good sign of development coming through churches. This will encourage our people to revisit their faith. As a result the corruption, tribalism, nepotism, ignorants and poverty will go away. Also, As an advise, both Goss and churches have to decentralise services to avoid Khartoum style of moderninzing capital without other areas. This suggestion will encourage southerners who are behind the meaning of education to educate their children. I am not talking about the current university to be move. But In future churches, Goss or any other organization must do that in other area like Torit, Yambio, Rumbek Bentiu or any area I do not mention. Juba, Malakal and Wau already got enough educational institutions that will encourage their residents to putt their kids in the school.Khartoum sudan old system ruined the whole nation.

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      • 16 April 2009 07:37, by Marnhial

        Bravo! this is the kind of development that will bail us out of poverty, tribalism, lawlessness, hatred, and corruption. Thanks to all people who have worked hard to allow such private Institutions in our Nation. I believe the students who gonna pursue their degrees in that University will not support nonsense in their communities but logic.

        This is the time, you and me should now mobilized our relatives and friends to get admission in University brought closer to our door than mobilizing them for cattle rustling, looting and against other tribes.

        No Education = No good governance = lawlessness/backwardness and cattle rustling.

        Clr. Marnhial

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      • 16 April 2009 15:50, by Rumeo Robert

        Very interesting to hear that we now have a catholic university in Juda and i appreciate it. I wished it was opened early so that i would have not joined the catholic university in Nairobi where currently i study.


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  • 16 April 2009 07:18, by Busta

    It is a good news in Juba.

    It sound so nice and look like the 21 years we suffered is coming to an end. However, am kindly asking those who want to spoil the name of Juba to stop any behavious which may hinder development like what is happening in Lake State.

    Catholic University is welcomed!

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    • 16 April 2009 12:16, by muzungu Alfred

      Congs to all the church leaders in Juba. We honsetly thank you for your effort of opening up this private university. Most of the young people who still have the zeal to go to school are dreaming of going to East Africa to further their studies ( Eduaction) Now that you we shall not spend alot of money for travelling but only pay tuition fees which we presume must less one.

      Long live our church leaders !!!!!!!! and long live SPLM !!!!!!!

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      • 16 April 2009 14:23, by Thomas Athian Lual

        Congrelations to the Catholic Church of Sudan for the opening of the Catholic University in Juba. My appreciation goes to my companions in the Society of Jesus (The Jesuits) who have really helped in the successful building of that Univerity. That is what is called positive Development in the country and may the Risen Lord bless its functioning. And let us gives education to our young ones in the Southern Sudan.

        Thomas Athian, SJ

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    • 16 April 2009 15:34, by Junubi_Aswod

      When the government and politicians fails to offer timely services like education in South Sudan, it is a fundamental challenge to the Church to fill the gap. It has taken long for the Catholic Church in Southern Sudan to acknowledge that nothing good will come out from the current corrupt and tribal leadership of GoSS; and so it is time for the church to restore the hopes of the poor people and console them. Congratulations to Catholic Bishop Conference and congratulations to the donors for starting this good work. May God and the people of South Sudan bless this good start so that it could expand to benefit more poor local people, sooner and later.

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      • 16 April 2009 20:00, by Isaac Treter

        Yes, that is the sign of development Catholic Church and the rest of the Churches in Sudan have participated more in bringing up Southerners in term of education, it is good work and proper vision for the church to make that step again.

        More over, the problems in Southern Sudan are more because of lack of knowledge and inadequate education amongst its people, the people here i can say 80% of them are still in an informal education by Parents.

        This vision by the church to make good and reasonable human resources through the level of teriary education contributes to the development of our people, government and our country for the better.

        I hope South is now moving and i hope that example will be followed by our government too.

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  • 6 May 2009 03:39, by jamesakok

    Hello Catholic! Why you put another University in Juba while Juba has University already? You have put in another State where there is no College and University. You have think about balance with balance.

    I’m James Maker Akok as Southern Sudan as a student from University of Missouri Kansas City. United States of America.

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  • 28 December 2009 13:57, by Sebit Phillip Elioba


    Dear His Lordship the catholic bishop of the sudan Dr. Paulino Lukudu Loro, Congratulation for the efforts you have put until southern sudan now has its second university. it is a great achievement to the people of sudan especially the southerners who still need education facilities to sovle the problem of illiteracy in the nation.

    Bravo to you and may the rest of the leaders emulate your good example shown. this is what we call the reconstruction of southern sudan

    God bless you.

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  • 10 March 2011 11:26, by Todini Marecha

    South Sudan is being greatly enriched by this innovation of a university,especially situated in Wau.Catholic univerisity is poised for upliftment of the livelihoods of Sudanese communities,especially the returnees and newly resettled.

    Can I have the e-mail address for Fr. Solomon Ewot,the director for the agricultural department,so that I can indicate my interest in lecturing in agriculture and extension.
    God less

    Todini Marecha

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