Few days after 100 girls from Borno State were offered slots for admission into an all female University in Sudan, Governor Kashim Shettima has sealed partnership with the management of a 50-year old International University of Africa located in Khartoum, Sudan, for admission of another set of 100 sons and daughters of Borno State to pursue different Degree programs in medicine, engineering, computer sciences and other humanities.
Spokesman, Isa Gusau, said in a statement emailed on Tuesday that before leaving Sudan on Sunday night after his 4 days visit, Governor Shettima met the management of the University at the school’s premises in Khartoum, during which the school finalized 100 slots for students in Borno State under an agreement that a discounted sum of 2,400 dollars is to be paid on each of the student as annual tuition fee by the Borno State Government. The amount was reduced from 6,000 dollars per annum, as part of understanding reached between Shettima and the institution.
Last Thursday, 100 slots were given for admission of 100 Borno women to pursue Degree Programmes at AHFAD UNIVERSITY FOR WOMEN also in Khartoum, Sudan. The 100 slots were given after a meeting between Governor Shettima and President of the school, Professor Gasim Badri when Governor Shettima led a delegation to the school. The Ahfad University, which is a none profit institution had awarded scholarship to 50 women to study different courses while Governor Shettima secured admissions for another set of 50 women who are to sponsor medicine under the scholarship of Borno State Government.
Following Shettima’s visit, Borno State is expected to soon have 260 students in four Sudanese Universities which will consist of 100 at the International University of Africa, 100 women for (the solely female) Ahfad University for Women while 60 women are already approaching 300 levels studying medicine in two private Universities, the National University which has 21 and Elrazi University which has 31 girls. All schools are in Khartoum.
“Shettima’s choice of Sudan for Borno’s pupils is informed by high quality of the Sudanese educational system and uninterrupted calendar, comparatively low in cost with other International Universities, similarities of Sudanese weather with that of Borno which makes students adapt easily, similarity of Culture between people of Borno and Sudan, presence of highly placed persons in the Sudanese Government who have ancestral roots in Borno as well as high moral standards of the Sudanese people” the statement explained.
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