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Role of the Sudanese higher education institutions in the peace building process

Mohamed, Abdelrahim O.; Elnur, Tahani; Algbar, Rafia Abd

Abstract:
This paper focusses on the conflict that pervaded Sudan in the South and the number of peace agreements that were introduced in an attempt to resolve it.  Another armed conflict erupted in Darfur in 2003, which was led by the newer graduates of the Sudanese higher education system.  Many universities in the Sudan have peace building centers running research and activities that help Sudanese authorities and general people to experience tolerance and reconciliation.  However, these centers are poorly funded by the federal government and hardly get external sources as they are official bodies and hence deprived of such benefits.  This research is a contribution of the gender unit of the University of El Mahdi to evaluate the attitudes of students and faculties towards peace processes.   This paper evaluates the response of a sample of 450 students selected randomly from this university which lies at the border of the conflict areas. Fifty staff members also responded to the questionaires.  The study has shown that both students and teachers were equally aware of the peace process in Sudan and they strongly support integration of peace building and reconciliation in the syllabus.

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Title of Paper: Role of the Sudanese higher education institutions in the peace building process
Conference Name: 4th International Barcelona Conference on Higher Education: New challenges and emerging roles for human and social development
Conference Date: 2008-03-31
Conference Location: Technical University of Catalonia (UPC), Barcelona, Italy
Published as Proceedings: no


Date:2008
Document Type:Conference Paper (Not Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:National Systems and Comparative Studies
Country:Sudan
Keywords:Role of Universities, Higher Education Institutions HEI s, Sudan, Peace, Policy, Questionnaires, Students, Staff, Conflict Resolution


File Size:298 KB
Rights:This paper can be accessed at http://www.guni-rmies.net/info/default.php?id=153
Date Added:30 June 2008


Mohamed, Abdelrahim O.; Elnur, Tahani; Algbar, Rafia Abd (2008). Role of the Sudanese higher education institutions in the peace building process Presented at the 4th International Barcelona Conference on Higher Education, Technical University of Catalonia (UPC), Barcelona, 31 March