Upper Nile University Is A Ghost University: VC

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Prof. Isaac Cuir Riak’s comment follows his one day visit to Malakal Campus. He said the institution has been totally destroyed and can only to restart from the scratch. All the office equipment including Physics laboratory equipment are either looted or destroyed according to the VC.

“Our university was the most beautiful campus in the country but today it is not the case. It is now in the terrible place of repair but unless we have funds, otherwise (there is) no possibility of operating under this condition,” he lamented.

The Vice Chancellor is worried that some students’ records and files might not be found as a lot of documents from different offices are messed up. Nevertheless, the university staff are ordered to recollect and reposition all the available documents back to their corresponding files in three days before returning to Juba for finalise their verification exercise.

“We will send a number of empty boxes to pack in all our records and transport them to Juba immediately. This is the situation we are in. UNU has now become a ghost university nothing is perfect. Our lecturers are totally displaced. They are either in Khartoum or in Juba,” he added.

Malakal became the third town to experience the SPLA split in December last year. The armed conflict between the supporters of Salva Kiir and loyalists of Dr. Riek Machar got Upper Nile University was conducting its final examinations a mission that was left incomplete. Due to war, the exams were halted by the then VC and all university students and lecturers were sent to the UN base before they fled to Juba via Paloch Airport in Melut County. 

Since then the University was subjected to destruction as the government and anti-government forces severally exchanged control of Malakal town. Prof. Cuir said 400 herds of cattle belonging to the faculties of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Productions were looted and their cars also disappeared.

“Now we are intending to conduct the exams in the near future so that our students complete their courses and so that our finalists get awarded with their degrees to go and join the world of working class. We cannot detain them and this is my worry,” he said.

Cuir had earlier announced the relocation of the University to Juba when he conducted his first general meeting with students and teaching staff. The areas nominated to be new campuses are Multi-service Training Centre east of Juba Stadium and Kapuri Training Institute, which is approximately 16 miles away from Juba on Maridi road.

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