University of Bahry: Interview with the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bahry, Professor Ayoub Adam Mohamed Khalil

By: Mohammed Osman

KHARTOUM, (Sudanow) - The University of Bahry (Khartoum North) has been established as a national institution to contribute to building the community of knowledge and redressing the situation that resulted from the secession of South Sudan. It was established under an act that was approved by the National Assembly on 5 July 2011.

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bahry, Professor Ayoub Adam Mohamed Khalil, said the secession of the South entailed movement of the southern universities to the South with thousands of students, personnel and staff members losing their positions in those universities.

In an interview to sudanow.info.sd, Professor Khalil explained why the new university was established, its objectives and the problems it has faced and resolved.

Following are experts of the interview:-


SUDANOW: Professor, why was it renamed from Juba University to the University of Bahry?

Professor Khalil: As you may know, the University was established under exceptional circumstances in July 2011 when the country underwent dramatic political and social changes as a result of the secession of the South, necessitating the transfer of the southern universities to the South, leaving the students, personnel and teaching staff out in the cold. This situation made it imperative to set up the University of Bahry which is an extension of the southern universities which were in the north, especially Juba University on the site of which the new university was established and was named after its location (Khartoum North, Bahry in Arabic).
Question: Have the curricula of the University been modernized or remained as they were in the past?

Professor Khalil: .As I have earlier mentioned, it is an extension of Juba University and for this reason, it has inherited the curricula of that University with amendment and mpoder5izationto cope with the contemporary technological advancement.
Question: What is the policy of admittance in the University?

Professor Khalil : It is the same policy of admittance in the national and private universities based on the policies of the high education policies as set by the Ministry of High Education. There are two systems of admission – general for bachelor degree studies, made through the Ministry’s Admittance Administration, and direct admission which is made by the University for medium-level Diplomas and technology, in addition to the association system. Admission for post-graduate studies is also made by the University.

Question: How about the colleges, the number of students and expansion plans?

Professor Khalil: The Faculties were an extension of the previous southern universities but were reorganized and new ones were opened. The University of Bahry is now made up of 17 faculties in addition to four specialized centers. The new faculties include a geological college for petroleum and minerals. The schools of health and nursing were developed into a faculty of medicine while the faculty of education was reorganized by introducing new programmes and the curricula of the previous southern universities were developed and modernized.19

As for the students, there are about 13,000 students, 9,500 of them following bachelor studies and 3,200 students of medium diplomas in addition to 500 students of distant and association studies, while there are about a thousand students of post-graduate studies. We expect an increase in those numbers, God willing.


Question: Do you still have problems relevant to the students and academic issues resulting from the transfer from Juba University to the University of Bahry?
Professor Khalil: Sure. As I said earlier the establishment of the University of Bahry came in exceptional circumstances for addressing the problems facing the students, the staff and the personnel of the previous universities. There were many problems the most difficult of which were related to the lists of the students who were studying in the different southern universities and had to be enrolled according their classes. The files of some students, especially those who were in Upper Nile and Bahr al-Ghazal universities, were missing. Another problem faced resulted from the differences in the systems of teaching, including the teaching language. The big problems were surmounted and, through bilateral agreements we concluded with the southern universities, we managed to conduct examinations and get the academic files of most of the students, although there are a few which we have not yet obtained from the universities of Juba and Bahr al-Ghazal. We hope that the current relaxed ties between north and south Sudan will help us get th missing files. We are expecting to have a very close cooperation with Juba University, God willing.


Question: What has been done for the former students of Juba University who have not completed their university studies? Will their certificates be approved and evaluated?
Professor Khalil: Following the secession, all non-southern students were enrolled in the University of Bahry. This applied for students of all stages from the first to the final academic year. The students of the advanced stages completed studies in the University of Bahry which granted them accredited certificates. In the past year, 2012, we graduated 1,846 students with PHD and Masters’ degrees in addition to holders of bachelor technical diplomas. A new batch will be graduated next August.

As for the southern students, most of them have joined the universities in the South. Some of them continued in the University of Bahry, graduated and granted certificates. There are now 500 students from the former southern universities who are still studying in the University of Bahry.


Question: Can the former students get their certificates and details? Are you facing the same problem of the students of the former Cairo University in Khartoum after it was changed into the Nilein University when the documents of several years were lost?

Professor Khalil: It is natural that all graduates of the southern universities which are still operating in the South should be granted certified certificates through the Ministry of High Education in the South. But since the establishment of the University of Bahry, the graduates could not obtain their certificates from the southern universities due to shortages in personnel as 80% of Juba University staff and assistants have now joined the University of Bahry. We granted those graduates certified certificates issued by the University of Bary because it is an extension of former Juba University. We have all academic documents of the southern universities affiliated to Juba University since its inception and every student can get his certificate and details. There is no problem.28

Question: Professor . Ayoub, can you give us a briefing on the role of the University towards the community?

Professor Khalil: The service of the community is an integral part of the mission of a university in addition the teaching and scientific research. The southern universities were established basically for rural development in the South and Bahry University was established as an extension of those universities. We have now a full-fledged community service college and we have programmes and convoys for development and offering services to the community.

Question: What are the future plans of the University?

Professor Khalil: We are seeking to complete the infrastructure of the University in addition to continuing with restructuring the academic programmes and study curricula and introducing new specializations relevant to the community needs. We will also continue transforming the academic units into productive ones and amalgamating the modern technologies into the teaching and administrative operations for having a modern university. We also plan to establish relations of cooperation and effective partnerships with the regional and international academic and research institutions.




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