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Sudan’s International University of Africa offers science scholarships to Uganda

The Sudan’s International University of Africa, a science-based institution of higher learning and training in Khartoum, has offered scholarships to Uganda.

Dr. Rashid Yahya Ssemuddu, Uganda’s Ambassador to Sudan, says the scholarships will focus on science and technology to help promote critical areas of economic growth and development in Uganda.

This follows a visit by His Excellency Dr. Rashid Yahya Ssemuddu on Thursday, November 24, 2022, to the University in a bid to strengthen the relationship between the University and Uganda.

Amb. Dr. Ssemuddu thanked the university for having an initial impact on his life when he first left Uganda in 1989 to study for a year in the Sudan before proceeding to the University of Medinah in Saudi Arabia, where he studied for eighteen (18) years, completing with the award of a PhD in Sharia Law and Islamic Jurisprudence.

Dr. Ssemuddu requested the University to continue providing opportunities to Ugandan students, especially highly talented and economically disadvantaged students, with a focus on promoting Uganda’s development through science and technology education.

Dr. Ssemuddu and IUA Vice Chancellor

The scholarship that will initially be granted to the top five (5) Ugandans in the departments of Minerals Science and Petroleum Studies, Engineering, Medicine, and Nursing Science was announced by the university’s Head of External Relations, Taj Adin Bashir Niyam, who informed the Ambassador of the good relationship IUA enjoys in collaborating with Makerere University Kampala (MUK), Islamic University In Uganda (IUIU), and Kampala International University (KIU).

The University’s Vice Chancellor for Administrative and Financial Affairs, Professor Hatim Osman Mohammad Khair, who welcomed the Ambassador to the International University of Africa, reaffirmed the pleasant relationship between the IUA and the riding bilateral relations between Sudan and Uganda, which resulted in many Ugandan students being awarded scholarships to study at the International University of Africa.

He said the university has a total of 120 (one hundred twenty) Ugandan students currently pursuing their studies in different faculties and that Ugandan students are among the best-performing and most disciplined students at the university.

Prof. Hatim Osman further noted that many of the Ugandan students who graduated from the International University of Africa are doing very well in their individual lives while positively impacting societies wherever they live and work.

It was all tears of joy when Ambassador Dr. Ssemuddu came face to face with one of the long-serving professors, a teacher who taught him way back in 1989 while he was still a teenager and is still lecturing at the same university.

The Ambassador was accompanied by the Head of Chancery, Uganda Embassy Khartoum, Dickson Ogwang, and University alumni currently working with the Uganda Embassy to support Diplomatic Services at the Mission as locally recruited staff: Mr. Nemeye Iman, an IUA Law Graduate, and Ms. Shakira Ssenyonga, a Graduate of Education.

H.E Dr. Ssemuddu and Head of Chancery Dickson Ogwang during the Thursday visit to IUA

Ambassador Ssemuddu used the opportunity to meet and encourage ongoing Ugandan students after his meeting with university administration.

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