Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the European Union on the situation in Sudan:
The EU is closely following the situation in Sudan. Measures being adopted under the newly declared state of emergency, the increased role of the military in governing the country, further curtail fundamental freedoms and undermine the recent offer of a new political dialogue.
They create a permissive climate for the security services to act with impunity against peaceful protesters. The latest attacks against unarmed students in the University of Medical Sciences and Technology and against peaceful protesters in Omdurman, are deeply disturbing.
Genuine political dialogue requires an environment in which the Sudanese people can exercise their legitimate right to express their views. This will be essential to create the national consensus needed to find sustainable responses to Sudan’s deep political and economic crisis.
The EU expects the Sudanese government to release all the journalists, members of the opposition, human rights defenders and other protesters in detention. Some of those with whom the dialogue is set to take place have been arbitrarily detained for over two months now. An independent investigation into the deaths and abuses should be undertaken with those responsible held to account.
The respect for these fundamental principles are at the core of the EU’s phased engagement with the government of Sudan. We will continue to monitor the situation and review the impact of the Government of Sudan’s actions on ites relations with the European Union.
* This statement was issued by Ms Frederica Mogherini, the EU High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the European Commission in agreement with the European Union’s member states.
The European Union consists of 28 European countries (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom).
In their sustained efforts to keep abreast with technological developments and academic issues and concerns, Abeer Mohammed Kheir Osman, Web Administrator /Head of Computer Labs Unit, UMST and Eng.Ahmed Abobaker, Web Administrator at the Computer Center, attended on Tuesday the 26th of June at the Conference Hall of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, a Lecture on Global University Rankings and the Opportunities for Sudanese Universities.
The lecture was presented by Dr. Nimir Elbashir, Professor of Chemical Engineering & Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M University and Director of Gas & Fuels Research Center in Qatar. In his lecture Professor Elbashir lecture demonstrated that the quality in university education is measured by the academic institution commitment to excellence in teaching, knowledge transfer, research, and global outlook. He emphasized that he teaching excellence depends primarily on the ability of the universities to facilitate ideal learning environment and to develop effective tools to measure their professors’ role in promoting excellent teaching methods and styles.
Professor Elbashir promised to present two further presentations that will highlight the path to achieving excellence in teaching research and service in academic institutions that will hopefully result in enhancing the ranking of the Sudanese universities.
Quality in university education is measured by the academic institution commitment to excellence in teaching, knowledge transfer, research, and global outlook. The teaching excellence depends primarily on the ability of the university to facilitate ideal learning environment and to develop effective tools to measure their professors’ role in promoting excellent teaching methods/styles, provide the needed mentorship for their students, and measure their preparedness and performance in real life jobs. On the other hand, research excellence is measured by the reputation of the academic institution regarding scientific papers, patents, research income in dollars as well as the number of graduate students (Ph.D. and master) and their impact. Creating globally recognized university require building robust research structure and developing strategy of research dissemination (journal papers and books publications, participation in global conferences, etc.) This presentation will highlight the experience of regional universities in this path. A series of two presentations will highlight the path to achieving excellence in teaching research and service in academic institutions that will result in enhancing the ranking of the Sudanese universities.
Dr. Nimir O. Elbashir
Professor of Chemical Engineering & Petroleum Engineering
Director of Texas A&M University Gas & Fuels Research Center, the Largest University Research Energy Research Center
Dr. Elbashir is a Professor of Chemical Engineering & Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M University at Qatar and he is the Director of Texas A&M’s Gas and Fuels Research Center; a major research center that involves 31 faculty members from both the College Station and Qatar campuses. Dr. Elbashir is also the Director of the ORYX GTL Gas-to-Liquid Technology Excellence Program. He has extensive research and teaching experience from four different countries around the world. The focus of his research activities is the design of advanced reactors, catalysts and conversion processes for natural gas, coal and CO2 to ultra-clean fuels and value added chemicals. He has established several unique global research collaboration models between academia and industry with research funds exceeding $13m dollars. He holds several US and European patents and a large number of scientific publications in form of books, peer reviewed journals, conference papers, technical industry reports as well as invited and conference presentations. He is the recipient of several prestigious awards including but not limited to: 2017th Texas A&M University Faculty Excellence Award; 2016th Texas TEES Genesis Engineering Research Award; 2012th Qatar Foundation Best Energy & Environment Research Team; 2015th Texas A&M Qatar Dean Leadership Award; 2016th ORYX GTL Recognition Excellence Program: 2013th Shell Recognition of Excellence in GTL Aviation Fuels; 2007th BASF Corp. Excellence Research in Environmental Catalysis, the Gordon Research Conferences.
Will provide a video of the lecture soon..
Professor Mamoun Homeida, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the University, held a preparatory meeting with Hajo Mohammed Ahmed, President of the General Students Union of Khartoum State, and a number of his colleagues to discuss the arrangements for honoring the outstanding students in the Sudanese certificate. UMST, in collaboration with the General Students Union of Khartoum State, has been in the habit of organizing annual celebratory event to recognize the achievement of outstanding students in Sudan School Certificate.
Professor Homeida, in his capacity as Chairman of the University Board of Trustees, emphasized that the honoring program sits comfortably within the framework of the students’ summer work program, and as such it represents an integral part of the university’s interest in the students of the Sudan School Certificate. Professor Homeida was also quick to stress the importance of attracting media attention in order to shed light on the joint endeavors designed to honoring and motivating the students, and acknowledging the role played by their families in securing their successes.
The Chairman of the University Board of Trustees eloquently and succinctly highlighted the objectives of the joint program and revealed the immense sense of happiness and pride he personally feels and shares with everybody at the university in embracing such an event. He was quite adamant that the university is the most appropriate place for celebrating success especially after the opening the Global Conference Center. He also took the opportunity to encourage the students to visit the religious schools sponsored by the University disclosing that the university vaccinates their students against hepatitis as it does with all university students. Professor Homeida also mentioned that the University launched a campaign to vaccinate 1200 citizens against hepatitis.
On his part Hago Ahmed Ahmed, the President of the General Students Union of Khartoum State expressed his appreciation of the program of honoring the outstanding students in the Sudan School Certificate organized by the university in cooperation with the Union during the past few years. He praised the role of UMST in launching the initiative of honoring the outstanding students through a provision of scholarships and offering of gifts to the first hundred students from Khartoum State.
He also expressed the desire of the Union to have the event organized under the patronage of HE Lt. Gen. Bakri Hassan Salih, the Vice President and Prime Minister, and with the presence of Lt. Gen. Engineer Abdulrahim Mohammed Hussein, Governor of Khartoum state.
It is noteworthy that the University, in its annual celebration of outstanding students, offers a number of valuable gifts such as scholarships, laptops and smart phones, in addition to certificates of appreciation.
Side of the University’s celebrations of the outstanding students of Sudan School Certificate with the General Students Union of Khartoum State.