South Sudan Presidential Advisor of Education Affairs Hon. Dr. John Gai Yoh visited Tsinghua University's School of Public Policy and Management (SPPM) on Wednesday May 23, 2018. Hon. Gai and his delegation were welcomed by the Dean of SSPM Prof. Xue Lan, Deputy Dean Prof. Zhu Xufeng, and the Deputy Director of International Cooperation and Exchange Ms. Qin Qin. Hon. Gai was accompanied by the South Sudan Embassy in China's Deputy Head of Missions Ambassador Monday Kumba, the First Secretary of the South Sudan Embassy in China Peter Cafenol Oryomo, and the Executive Director in the Office of the Presidential Adviser Stephen Wiw Bichiok. South Sudanese students from MOFCOM's Masters program in SPPM and neighbouring Peking University were also in attendance.
The meeting began with a warm word of welcome by the Dean of the School of Public Policy and Management (SPPM) Prof. Xue Lan who also gave a brief introduction of the department. Hon. Gai Yoh was appreciative of the welcoming words and in turn eloquently outlined the purpose of his visit. His mission was to exchange views and discuss possible avenues of cooperation in capacity building for South Sudan through the Education system. There were 4 main points discussed at the table during this think-tank and brainstorming session.
The first topic of discussion was how the School of Public Policy and Management (SPPM) could help reshape Juba University's School of Public Administration. There has been a need to incorporate a public policy discipline into the the School of Public Administration; yet it is no easy task. To succeed in creating the most up-to-date and relevant public policy course would take considerable cooperation with South Sudan's international academic friends and partners. Secondly, Hon. Gai Yoh requested the SPPM to help the top 5 South Sudanese graduates to further educate themselves by attending PhD programme in the SPPM. In response, the Dean Prof. Xue stated that as SPPM does not offer PhD programs in English this provides a considerable obstacle for South Sudanese students wishing to study in Tsinghua's SPPM. However, the professor agreed to facilitate admission to other universities.
Thirdly, Hon. Gai Yoh emphasised joint research cooperation between South Sudanese and Chinese scholars and students. It was proposed joint research collaborations could work with Juba University and other think-tanks such as Ebony, Sudd Institute and others. Similarly, it was proposed to establish an NGOs research centre in Juba University. As there is not enough information in South Sudan relating to the work of non-governmental entities, how exactly they operate and aid South Sudan on her path to development. Lastly, the issue of establishing a Confucius Institute in Juba University was raised by Hon. Gai as he expressed hope that both South Sudan and China would carry out deep-level cooperation in scientific research and training so as to improve in the capacity of South Sudanese scholars in the future.
The visit of Hon. Dr. John Gai Yoh and his delegation signalled a positive step in the way of South Sudan-China cooperation. As South Sudan and China continue to take proactive measures to improve relations and However, this was a second visit of high level South Sudanese Government official to Tsinghua University, the first being by HE Dr. James Wani Igga, the Vice President of South Sudan. Hon. Dr. John Gai Yoh visit visit took place on 23 April, 2018.
During a commemorative ceremony held on the 24th November 2017, the President of South Sudan, President Salva Kiir Mayardiit, offered words of thanks to the Ambassador He Xiangdong and the Chinese government for a new building being gifted to South Sudan. President Kiir was appreciative of China and their continuing support for South Sudan.
Chinese Ambassador He Xiang Dong handed over the keys to the conference facility to the government of South Sudan. The Ambassador said, “On Behalf of the government of the People’s Republic of China, I have the great honour today to officially handover the China aided conference facility to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. To the government of South Sudan.” Whilst accepting the gift, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Hon. Deng Alor Kuol also shared some words commending the contributions being made to South Sudan by China. This conference facility highlights another example of how the South Sudan-China relationship is growing by the day.
In recent years, China has been making inroads into Africa through a variety of projects and in South Sudan this is no different. It's clear to see that the relationship between South Sudan and China is growing slowly with a number of collaborative economic projects signed as recently as September and now the gift of this conference facility. As the relationship continues to grow at the national government level, SSCHIFA is continuing to facilitate the people-to-people aspect of South Sudan’s-China relations. Building upon the relationship through exchanges at the private level.
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