University of Khartoum
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|Motto|| Allah - Al-hagiga - Al-watan - Al-insaniyya |
[God - Truth - the nation - Humanity]
Predecessor established 1902
|Vice-Chancellor||Mohamed Ahmed ElShiekh|
|Location||Khartoum State, Sudan|
Founded as Gordon Memorial College in 1902 and established in 1956 when Sudan gained independence, the University of Khartoum is the most historically prestigious and selective university in Sudan. It features several institutes, academic units and research centres including Mycetoma Research Center, Soba University Hospital, Saad Abualila Hospital,Dr. Salma Dialysis centre and U of K publishing house.
In 1898 after Britain colonized Sudan, Lord Kitchener of Britain proposed founding a college in the memory of Gordon of Khartoum, who was murdered in the Battle of Khartoum. Gordon Memorial College was founded in 1902 with primary education being the sole program of the college. By 1906, the college was offering programs for training assistant engineers, land surveyors and primary school teachers. The first equipped laboratory for bacteriological analysis was added in 1905, with donations from Sir Henry Wellcome, an American-British pharmaceutical entrepreneur and archaeologist.
In 1924, the College incorporated programs in Sharia, engineering, education (teachers training), clerical work, accounting and science. Furthermore, Kitchener School of Medicine the first medical school in Sudan was established.
In 1936, the School of Law was established and in 1947, the College was affiliated with The University of London as the first overseas participant in its "special relationship" scheme. The first graduates to receive University of London degrees completed their programs in 1950. The next year, Gordon Memorial College was formally re-named University College Khartoum, which also incorporated the Kitchener School of Medicine.
When Sudan gained independence in 1956, the new Parliament passed a bill to award university status to Khartoum University College. It officially became Khartoum University on 24 July, 1956. Since then, the University of Khartoum started to get a notorious regional presence being a selective school where only 1-2% out of more than 150,000 secondary school students are nominated to study at the University of Khartoum which logically brought the impression that its graduates are always those of very special skills, and it gained an excellent reputation regionally and internationally when most Arab countries like Saudi Arabia and other GCC countries started to send their princes to study at this notorious University till the British assigned it the name: "Cambridge of the Arabs" Having this excellent record, the University of Khartoum used to control many of the political incidents in Sudan such as the October 1964 revolution and April 1985 Intifada which originated from there
 Student Body
Khartoum University has 16,800 undergraduate students in 23 different faculties, schools and graduate research institutes. The annual admission rate is 3500 students, 55% of whom are female. There are 6000 graduate students (graduate diploma, M.Sc. and Ph.D.). It has 850 teaching staff (faculty), 20 research fellows and 500 teaching assistants.
There are four campuses:
- Central Campus - located in central Khartoum.
- Medical Campus - located south of central Khartoum.
- Agriculture and Veterinary Campus - located at Shambat, Khartoum North.
- Education Campus - located at Omdurman 15Km from central campus.omdurman,busta.
Undergraduate admission policy is governed by the Board of Higher Education of Sudan, which sets the minimum admission requirement for high school students based on their national origin (Sudanese vs. non-Sudanese) and the high-school certificate board. When the Sudanese High School results are determined annually, the Board of Higher Education of Sudan conducts a press conference broadcasting the minimum percentage requirements for the different colleges and programs, with the University of Khartoum being the most selective school throughout the nation.
For post-graduate studies, the requirements are set at the university admission webpage1.
Recently due to several Riots in Khartoum according to CNN the university its temporarily closed,more information may come later