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    The Sudanese President Jaafar Nimeiri has opened a new university in Wad Medani. It is?

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    The Sudanese President Jaafar Nimeiri has opened a new university in Wad Medani. It is the country's fourth institution of higher learning.

    SYNOPSIS: The Sudanese President Jaffar Nimeiri arrived in Wad Medani, the country's fifth largest city, about two hundred kilometres (135 miles) south of the capital Khartoum on the Blue Nile, to open Sudan's newest university.

    The President was wearing a university robe, when he led staff and students into the new buildings.

    The university dignitaries entering their new building included the Director of Wad Medani University Dr. Mubarak, the Chairman Dr. Mamoon, the Registrar Dr. Izzeldeen, and the Governor of the Blue Nile Province.

    The Sudanese Government provides free elementary and secondary education. Nevertheless, only twenty percent of the population have learnt to read and write. There are almost forty-thousand teachers and almost one and a half million pupils in Sudan.

    Secondary pupils are accepted at the country's universities, if they reach the required standards. Wad Medani university, or Gezira university as it will be called, is Sudan's fourth university. In addition, Cairo University has a branch in Khartoum. Technical instruction is central to Sudan's university programmes for its forty-thousand higher education students. Gezira University's first two hundred students will study electronics, medicine, engineering and science.

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