Sudanese academics heighten their federalism knowledge

Sudanese professors in break-out group discuss how federal solutions would work in their native Sudan.

Eighteen Sudanese university professors recently attended a wide range of courses on federalism-related topics given by a group of international experts at a 10-day learning event organized by the Forum of Federations.

The courses, which form part of the Forum’s Federal Governance and Peace in Sudan program, were attended by faculty members from five of Sudan’s regional universities.

The workshops addressed issues such as federal systems of governance in relation to constitutional law, economic development, border demarcation and fiscal management.

The immediate objective of the courses is to enhance the teaching capacity of Sudanese academics on federalism so they can design new courses or expand the federalism content of their existing courses.

The courses were delivered from Dec. 7 17, 2009, by a group of international academics including Drs. Richard Simeon and Marie Joelle Zahar from Canada; Drs. Jaap de Visser and Tania Ajam from South Africa; and Drs. Sandeep Shastri and Muhammed Habib from India and Ethiopia respectively.

The mix of international experts exposed participants to a wide variety of case studies from the developed and developing world. The participants were from the following universities: Bahr al Ghazal, Blue Nile, Al Dalang, Nyala and the Red Sea. Also in attendance was one representative from the political division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Several senior national academics also played a key role in the design and delivery of the event including Dr. Omer Awadalla, the Director of the Sudanese Centre of Federal Studies; Dr. Abraham Matoc, Professor of Economics at the University of Juba and former advisor to the fiscal management commission; and Dr. Siddig Umbadda, the Head of Economics at the University of Khartoum.

The first section of the academic development course took place from June 20 to July 2, 2009 with 20 faculty members of the Universities of Khartoum, Juba and Al-Ahfad.

The Forum’s Sudan program is funded by the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.

Other recent Forum activities in Sudan:

Sudanese learn from other federal countries

Sudanese academics gain knowledge on how to make lasting peace

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