Nihal German University in Sudan

Need & Objectives

Need

In general, there is a great need in Sudan for highly qualified professionals and scientists in various fields, such as in the field of education (for example, the education and training of teachers) business, industry and agriculture, and also in the field of cultural studies.

The following are specific examples:

  • Due to certain circumstances concerning oil deposits in the northern part of the country and the fact that the oil is needed throughout the entire country (a pipeline is currently being built from the North to the South of the country), there is a dire need for experts from specific fields. These experts should, in particular, be able to meet the needed technological standards, and especially the environmental awareness challenges. Additionally, the rising economy presents problems, such as the unrestricted burning of wastes, which require practical solutions in the form of general environmental awareness, among others.
  • When cultural studies interests are taken into account, the Sudan offers a wide range of archaeological opportunities, such as the current research around the city of Meroe, which lies roughly 220 kilometres north of Khartoum. This project, for example, could greatly benefit from a co-operation with the German Archaeological Institute in Berlin, which was involved in a project concerning the royal baths of Meroe and which is considered to be an outstanding example of cultural exchange.

 

Objectives

The following proposal includes a list of goals that should ideally be observed and realized when founding a German University in the area of the Sudanese capital. These objectives not only set ideal standards, but also offer practical solutions to the achievement of the goals.

Here are specific descriptions of the objectives:

  • Cultural Aid for a Developing Country: The education of an intellectual elite should be encouraged in order to enable these people to compete at an international level.
  • Establishment of a Pluralism Forum for Local Cultures and Religions: Exceptionally intelligent people should become familiar with global pluralism and tolerance.
  • Education of Highly Qualified Experts and Executives: The university’s education should concentrate on encouraging the intellectual growth of highly qualified professionals and business leaders who can meet the challenges of current international political and economic developments.
  • Diverse Course of Studies: This would urge eligible students to attend the university, encourage the intellectual development of the attending students, and help recruit the strongest school (pre-university) graduates. Special attention should be given to the recruiting of young potential students from financially underprivileged families who would otherwise not be able to attend a university.
  • The Establishment of a New Form of Collaboration between European Countries (in particular Germany) and the Sudan regarding Education and Research.

 

The German University would decidedly serve as an alternative to the existing Sudanese universities. The university’s structure as well as its personnel and curriculum would, firstly, be structured according to a German-based concept and know-how. Secondly, with the help of scholarship programs, the university would offer university-level educational opportunities to school graduates from financially underprivileged families. Until now, the opportunities for higher education in Sudan, especially at the university level, have been greatly dependant upon the financial support that the family could offer the potential student. Only a small percentage of the population can afford the tuition of the local universities, which is, in some cases, horrendous. This social disadvantage should be at least partly dissolved. A collaboration between the university and the schools already existing on its campus as well as those yet to be founded in the medium term would be one step towards doing so.