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Saudi Arabia seeks to move its students in Sudan to other countries, cites political instability


December 30, 2012 (KHARTOUM) –Saudi Arabia will no longer allow its students to study in Sudanese universities and will seek to transfer existing ones to other countries to continue their schooling, an embassy official said.

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Sudanese students demonstrate in front of the Faculty of Computer Sciences and Information Technology in the Red Sea city of Port Sudan, on December 9, 2012 (Getty Images)

In an interview with London-based al-Hayat newspaper the Saudi cultural attaché in Khartoum Manee al- Mutairi said that Sudan has become an unsuitable educational destination for Saudi Students due to the political situation which he said does not provide neither the security nor a a healthy environment for learning.

The Saudi diplomat further said the Ministry of Higher Education would bring back its students on scholarships from Sudan until they get clarity on their situation given the closure of some universities. He said that the ministry will cover the expenses of students wishing to relocate to other countries to complete their studies.

He noted the case of Gezira university which was closed this month following clashes that erupted with police over deaths of four Darfuri students.

Those students will also have the option of enrolling in community colleges in Saudi Arabia and the ministry will facilitate the admission and registration procedures for them.

Al-Mutairi pointed out that he recently met with the Minister of Higher Education and his deputy and discussed the situation of Saudi students in Sudan. He said they agreed to urge Saudi students in Sudan not to complete their studies there except for graduating seniors.

He stressed that Saudi students studying as part of the country’s scholarship program should be sent to "advanced" countries to receive "advanced" education in order to get "good scientific output".

The diplomat revealed that a delegation was sent by Saudi Arabia to Sudan for the purpose of assessing the general and educational conditions of the country. He said that based on their recommendations the Saudi government no longer accepts scholarship requests from students wishing to study in Sudan.

There are no current figures on numbers of Saudi students studying in Sudan but it is likely to be in the low hundreds.

Saudi Arabia sends tens of thousands of its students abroad to continue their studies in foreign universities under a scholarship program.

The stated goal of the program, which the Arab News daily in December reported cost more than 20 billion riyals ($5.3 billion), is to prepare Saudi nationals to replace expatriate workers in better-paid technical jobs in the kingdom, reducing unemployment.

This year alone about 130,000 Saudi students are studying abroad, half of them in the United States, the U.S. ambassador to Riyadh James Smith was quoted as saying by Reuters.

Saudi Arabia allows its students to enroll in four Sudanese universities only for the bachelor’s degrees including Khartoum university, Omdurman Islamic University, Neelain University and Gezira University. Only Khartoum university however is recommended for post-graduate studies.


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  • 31 December 2012 06:18, by Aaban

    Thank you very much,
    I learn that you are about to support the change in Sudan and your decision is welcome with good heart,
    Chang of criminal clans is more need it than ever before,

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  • 31 December 2012 07:07, by P.K.M

    Sudan is the country who denies its African root to be the same Arabs who rejected them! What ashamed!

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  • 31 December 2012 07:24, by Jalaby

    Not just Sudan,all Arab countries are unstable these days and that’s for obvious reason,the revolution,the new democratic nation that is in creation!
    Look to Europe,how long it took from them till they reached the current status?!
    Arab nations are not in rest now,they’re creating new history!
    Sorry,all Arab countries are unstable now except Gulf countries (Bahrain is not either)

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    • 31 December 2012 07:59, by South South

      Europe culture is a culture of civilization, Arabs culture is a culture of savages and stupidity, Arab will not fix their problems forever. Just look how they look and that why I call them penguins. With all resources they have, Arabs are behind everything. Stupid culture.

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      • 31 December 2012 08:16, by Jalaby

        South south,
        What?! man, you never read history or what?
        Arab/Muslims had great civilization during the middle age time and they ruled the world and reached till Europe and built a great civilization in Spain that amazed the whole Europe countries during that time while Europeans were living in the dark and backwardness!

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        • 31 December 2012 08:22, by Jalaby

          Mr. Augba bin Nafe who opened north Africa and nothing stopped him other than the Atlantic Ocean,he said "I swear to God if I know some people live behind that ocean I won’t hesitate to reach them!" he would had reached to America if he knew there is land after that big ocean!
          Thanks to Obama who made a great speech in Cairo University few years ago and acknowledged Arab/Muslims

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          • 31 December 2012 08:32, by Jalaby

            civilization before and the great knowledge and science that the west has now because of old Arab/muslims scholars and civilization!
            Man, don’t let your hatred to Arab completely blind your eyes and preventing you from saying the truth!
            Remove that dark glass from your eyes so you can see the truth well, hatred is a very bad disease my friend!

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        • 31 December 2012 08:29, by South South

          Please back off and leave Arab culture alone. As you just said Arab think they have great civilization, but look at them now, do not go far away. They are nothing but trouble, stupid and weak. There is no one thing in the world people can point to as Arab great achievement. With the all resources they have now, they are still struggling with their future. Anyone can kick Arab

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    • 31 December 2012 12:21, by viper

      Mr Jallaby, don,t comment like a little confused Arab wana-be. You have been told to cut ties with that confused Islamic state of Iran, but you didn,t and this is now the consequence of that. You better express yourself as ever in this particular issue because it is more about your future as you use to suck from Saudi. What is ur opinion now? Why not condemn them or praise them? Saudi Arabia has d

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      • 31 December 2012 12:31, by viper

        Saudi Arabia has done the best this time and they deserve my great appreciation. I have now realized that Saudia is the only Arab country that cares alot for the welfare of her nationals unlike the rest confused Arab countries of which Sudan is a part. Sudan is a terrorist country that deserve isoliation from the world community

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    • 1 January 2013 06:51, by Naath

      We us South-sudanes,we realis that we are fought with our black brothers,example,During civil war, the SPLA capture a lot of northern soldier but at end we let them go,my Question is that,is muslim is really religion,Why this DIRTY GUY MAHMAD ORDER HIS FOLLOWER TO KILL THOSE WHO DOESN’T BELIEVE IN HIM TO BE KILL,ARE YOU BLACK ARE SAVE AT THE MOMENT.BUT ONE DAY SUDAN WILL BE BACK TO ORGINA

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  • 31 December 2012 12:48, by Northern Sudanese

    I wouldn’t get surprised, the whole Arab world is unstable these days. Syria , Libya , Egypt , Bahrain ect..... this decision is just a temporarily one. In either way its gonna affect Sudan anyway.

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    • 31 December 2012 12:52, by Northern Sudanese

      In either its not gonna affect sudan anyway if there are saudi students or not, i don’t think there are more than 5,000 saudi university students in all of sudan. i personally met a only a few saudi students in sudan. nut met many egyptian , jordanian , yemenis . most of foreign students in sudan come from african countries like nigeria,ethiopia, ’’south sudan’’and chad

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      • 31 December 2012 12:53, by Northern Sudanese

        ’’but met many’’

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    • 31 December 2012 13:21, by South South

      Big Lair is talking like he is a real Arab. Sudan has been dependning on gulf countries in everything, but now gulf countries are running away from the poor people women and leaving them naked like their women and girls. Yes, real Arabs in Gulf countries fight fake Arab. Very good.

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      • 31 December 2012 13:28, by Northern Sudanese

        South monkey
        We only depend on them for investments, but nothing else! investment has nothing to do with students or education! hahahahahah your speaking about poorness? loooool while on the same time beating your brothers to receive food falling from the helicopters before them looool . naked? do you want me to show you that photo of yesterday again of yo dark naked bold headed mama? lol lol lol

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      • 31 December 2012 13:29, by South South

        Let’s compare the prices of USA $ in 3 countries:
        1- South Sudan. USA $ is sold for 4 SSP
        2- Egypt: USA $ is sold for 6.365 L.E (Egpyt Pound)
        3- Sudan: UDA $ is sold for 7.1 SP
        Hey, brothers, someone lies to us here and said that USA $ is sold for 10 Egyptian pound, that is a lie brothers, a big guy with in table cloth covering his head with laundry is a liar, do not believe him anymore.Poor

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        • 31 December 2012 13:36, by South South

          Big lair called Northern Sudanese, you need to watch again the video clip of your dirty bnaked mother here:http://www.ask.com/videos/watch-video/the-flaming-jungle-1955/i8jJDtEqWsNvCErMoSB5yA?ver=11&domain=ask.com
          Do not talk stupid. close your dirty mouth forever. Only thing you can do now to keep stealing like your father with his dirty ass.

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          • 31 December 2012 18:07, by Northern Sudanese

            South MONKEY
            Yesterday i commented about 10 times for the same video your showing of Nuba mountains, i told you that i have no links to them and i showed you the difference with another video and i showed a picture of yo naked dark bold headed mama. i don’t wanna do that again to day, monkey’s are not worth my time :D

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          • 31 December 2012 18:10, by Northern Sudanese

            Stealing? my father is a muslim , we don’t steal. unlike you and your father who are currently locked up in US prisons for theft and drug dealing. thousands of south sudanese locked in US prisons + thousands die due to cattle theft and raiding in south sudan.
            we don’t steal, its not part of our culture but its part of the monkey cultures :D clean my boots bitch :D

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            • 31 December 2012 18:40, by South South

              Northern Sudanese,
              "Stealing? my father is a muslim , we don’t steal"
              Most of the people who are stealing in Khartoum in the past, now and expect in the long run are Muslims including your wicked father. Thieves.

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              • 31 December 2012 19:45, by Northern Sudanese

                South monkey
                listen dude, you stole my money. wanna know how? i gave you money to clean my boots properly but you didn’t, you did only one boot and left the other lol lol.

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            • 31 December 2012 23:04, by mohamed mahgoub

              May this is the real problem here cuz ur father is a muslim that why u can’t think well he taught u all these racist & extremely bias ideas of ppl’s colour or how they look,afriend of mine has a funny theory-the current called Arabs in our country are neither Arab nor Africans,a product of intermaritalof the worst men & women from both sides- look like u proved him right,come on will u be ahumane

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              • 1 January 2013 01:50, by Northern Sudanese

                Fake Sudanese
                lol, you prove by every single word that your not sudanese! change your name, whats wrong with your south sudan identity? too bad? lol
                bla blah blah.... listen dude, when i say that ’’you’’ South Sudanese are the ugliest people on earth, its not a lie is it? we Sudanese are both Africans and Arabs, if you insects like that or not!

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                • 1 January 2013 09:03, by mohamed mahgoub

                  N.S told u before its shameful to share a citizenman- ship with ur alike & NCP, but one has no choice of his birthplace,its not an honour,however,sorry for S Sudanese cuz I caoused this stupid racist monger to address u with such insulting uncivilized manner ,still believe ,the biggest ,longest & no.1 in Africa & world is NCP lies & criminal behavour towards it ppl & nieghbours

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        • 31 December 2012 18:04, by Northern Sudanese

          South MONKEY
          how lame, for egyptian pound your using the official rate and for sudan your using the illegal rate loooooool why are you so focused on currencies anyway? it seems your gonna die when the sudanese pound fully restores by mid 2014. the official rate in sudan is 4.4 , when i said egyptian pound is sold for 10 pounds i was referring to the black market of egypt.
          DIE INSECT!!!

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          • 31 December 2012 18:46, by South South

            Ooops, guy from very poor country called Sudan is lying here again. You never mentioned in any comment that Egyptian pound in black market is sold for one USD $ for 10 pound, never happended, lair and son of a thief. You never mentioned black market about egypt.

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            • 31 December 2012 19:42, by Northern Sudanese

              South monkey
              i am only human, humans make mistakes. may be i was writing to fast and forgot to mention black markets, may be i don’t remember a 100%. thats not called lying....

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            • 31 December 2012 20:08, by Northern Sudanese

              South Monkey
              1 simple question, you keep saying that Sudan is poor. is Sudan poorer than South Sudan??? ANSWER!

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  • 31 December 2012 19:17, by Yunnis Benjamin

    Yeah, maybe Bashir can bring in Iranian students to study in Sudan since he has founded new allies in Iran. Sunnis Arabs nations will abandon Sudan until when NCP regime severe their ties with Shia Iranian.

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  • 31 December 2012 22:55, by Northern Sudanese

    Happy new year to all my friends & enemies :D

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