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.
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