By Jok P Mayom
JUBA, 08 December 2014 [Gurtong]: The students who were selected from across the country by the Ministry of Education Science and Technology will pursue post graduate and PhD degrees at various universities in Ethiopia.
Deputy Minister of Education Bol Makueng told reporters at Juba International Airport that the scholarships were awarded to students in all the ten states in South Sudan.
“We have selected you from all the states and communities of South Sudan and when you go out to Ethiopia you are not only students, but also our ambassadors and as such any behavior that you display there is the behaviour and culture of a South Sudanese”, he told the students.
“We thank the Republic of Ethiopia for accepting our students to study in Ethiopia. This is a kind of relationship we want every partner nation to build with South Sudan”, added Makueng.
He disclosed that South Sudan will look for more scholarships to enable more South Sudanese students acquire quality education in order to rebuild the country.
He said the students will undertake various courses including medicine, engineering, construction and building and economics among others.
The Director General in the Ministry of Education Science and Technology Training Department Dr Benjamin Apay revealed that the 30 are part of a total of 155 students who will be studying in Ethiopia.
He explained that the students were selected by a high level committee consisting of professors from the universities plus other high ranking personalities that was formed by the Ministry of Education following an approval by the Council of Ministers.
He added that special consideration was given to female candidates and also those coming from less developed counties like Maban, Pigi, Pochalla, Mvolo, Wulu, and Awerial amongst others.
Dr Apay revealed that the students will attend various universities in Sudan, Ethiopia, Egypt and Zimbabwe.