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By Godfrey Olukya   20-10-2012

Egypt and South Sudan  have signed corporation agreements in the field of higher education.

According to the agreements, Egypt will support South Sudan with lecturers,
scientists and researchers in addition to the opening of an Egyptian cultural center in South Sudan capital of Juba.

South Sudan ministry of education official, Louis Lolyong said, ‘We have signed
education related agreements with Egypt. They are to help us in higher education. The agreements will last for a period of five years and will be renewable.’

Lolyong said that being a new country, having attained her independence last year, their higher education structure is still poor. He appreciated Egypt for coming out at such a period to help them.

He said, ‘We lack adequate universities and institutes of higher learning.  Our cooperation with Egypt will go a long way in addressing higher education problems.’

He said that currently most of their students in higher institutions of learning study from neighboring country’s universities mostly in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. He said in future they want most of their students to study in universities located within the country.

He said that they have a few inadequate universities, calling on investors to start up  more universities in the country.

The agreements were signed in Egypt’s capital Cairo by the South Sudan  Minister of Higher Education, Professor Peter Adwok Nyaba, and his Egyptian counterpart Dr. Mustafa Mosa’ad.

The Egyptian government this year offered five hundred scholarships to South Sudanese students wishing to pursue  university education in Egypt.

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