Southern Sudan Symposium, 2009

Higher Education in the Agricultural and Environmental Sciences in Southern Sudan

International Symposium II, March 11-12, 2009
Juba, Southern Sudan


  • Review progress to date
  • Present preliminary findings of the Higher Education in Agriculture Needs Assessment survey
  • Seek stakeholder view points and reactions to survey results and implications
  • Engage stakeholders in exploration of curricula needs
  • Reach consensus on general curricula needs and higher education strategies
  • Engage stakeholders in discussions of issues to be addressed to implement curricula improvements
  • Develop a practical consensus strategy to overcome obstacles to improve curricula adoption and implementation


Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Time Event
08:30 Welcome/Introductions, Fr Mike Schultheis, Acting Vice Chancellor, Catholic University of Sudan and Mike Bertelsen, Virginia Tech
08:45 Welcome from Sudanese officials
09:00 Workshop goals and objectives, Mike Bertelsen, Virginia Tech   (PowerPoint)
09:15 Preliminary results from the Higher Education in Agriculture/Environmental Sciences Needs Assessment survey – Thomas Broyles, Virginia Tech and Peter Wyeth (PowerPoint)
09:45 Higher Education in Agriculture/Environmental Sciences Needs Assessment survey for the greater Bahr El Ghazal region, Victor Loku Kwajok, Deputy Vice Chancellor and Professor of Veterinary Science, University of Bahr el Ghazal

Discussion questions for remainder of symposium

  • Are the preliminary findings of the Needs Assessment Survey reasonable and if so, how can they be extrapolated to the Southern Sudan as a whole?
  • Can students who complete certificates move on to diplomas, and those who complete diplomas move on to B.Sc.?
  • Are general versus specialized degrees in agriculture more important in an immediate post-conflict situation?
  • What emphasis should be given to practical training in B.Sc. programs?
  • Are there programs and activities that could provide additional resources for universities and enrich the academic program?
  • How important is some understanding of the elements economics or business principles for generalists or specialists in agriculture in other than agribusiness programs?
  • What issues would a university face in offering curricula that would be consistent with the considerations raised here, and how might they be addressed?
10:30 Coffee break
11:00 Discussion questions, cont’d
12:30 Lunch
13:30 Discussion questions, cont’d
15:30 Coffee Break 
16:00 Discussion questions, cont’d
17:45 Adjourn

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Time Event
09:30 Discussion questions, cont’d
10:15 Coffee break
10:45 Discussion questions, cont’d
12:30 Lunch
14:00 Summary presentation and discussion
15:00 Coffee break
15:30 Symposium Summary and Outcomes, Theo Dillaha, Virginia Tech (PowerPoint)
16:00 Closing ceremony
16:30 Adjourn


Name Affiliation Position E-Mail
Victor Loku Kwajok University of Bahr el Ghazal Deputy Vice Chancellor and Professor of Veterinary Science
Loro George Leju Lugor Ministry of Agriculture & Forestry Director General, Research, Training & Extension
Festus James University of Juba Director, Office of the Vice Chancellor
Sibrino Barnaba Forojalla University of Juba Vice Chancellor
Timothy Thwol Onak Ministry of Agriculture & Forestry Director General of Forestry
Atem Garang Malual Ministry of Agriculture & Forestry Director of Training
John Chuol Dhol Ministry of Agriculture & Forestry Director General, Agricultural Production
Mike Schultheis Catholic University of Sudan Acting Vice Chancellor
Aggrey Abate University of Juba Dean, College of Natural Resources & Environmental Sciences
James Odra University of Juba Secretary for Academic Affairs & Associate Professor of Crop
Atem Kuir Jok Ministry of Education, Science & Technology Director General
Michael Bertelsen Virginia Tech Associate Dean & Director OIRED
Theo Dillaha Virginia Tech Professor
Thomas Broyles Virginia Tech Assistant Professor
Peter Wyeth Washington State U. (retired) & LandCare for Food Security Agricultural Economist

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