Over 300 students to graduate from Catholic University
Vice Chancellor, Catholic University Fr. Mathew Pagan |Photo| Moses Gum
By Moses Gum
At least 380 students are set to graduate from the Catholic University of South Sudan on Saturday.
According to the university’s Vice Chancellor Dr. Fr. Mathew Pagan, all plans were completed to ensure that everything runs as scheduled.
He urged students to observe punctuality and order during the event to be held at the university’s Tongping ground.The university was established in 2007.
Invitation cards released yesterday by the university indicate that South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit will grace the occasion as the Guest of Honor.
“I am happy to inform you that the Catholic University is also celebrating the 10th anniversary since its establishment. In this celebration, we remember those who contributed to the establishment of the university. We appreciate their achievements”, Pagan said.
Fr. Pagan added that the celebration was to commemorate difficulties the institution was facing including lack of land, scarce resources and lack of essential facilities such as Library.
“The university was put up with a dream to build human capacity and train young South Sudanese to contribute to nation building”, he said.
Since its establishment, more than 1,000 students have graduated from the university that currently prides itself of 1,800 student enrollment.
The vice chancellor thanked those who contributed to the setting up of the institution.
“I am grateful for the contribution of Bishop Deng Majak, the first president of Catholic Bishop Conference who issued a decree to establish the university. I also thank the veteran educator late Fr. Michael Schulthesis who established many universities in Africa for having contributed to educating young people of South Sudan”, Pagan said.
He acknowledged the vital contribution of Church leaders during the critical period when the idea to start the university was mooted.
“The university had no funds but through commitment and hard work, we overcame the challenges”.
Catholic University is one of the accredited private universities in South Sudan by the Ministry of Higher Education.
The Ministry has set operational standards for setting learning institutions across the country.
Currently, the university’s Juba campus hosts faculty of Arts & Social Sciences and the Faculty of Education. Its Wau campus boasts of the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
The institution of higher education also operates special institutes including Women Leadership Program; Institute for Applied Research and Community Outreach; and the Institute for Peace and Justice Studies.
The institution plans to roll out faculties of Informtion and Communication Technology; Social and Religious Studies; Law; and Agricultural Engineering.
Addressing the students, the clergyman said for the country to have organized and developed society, there is need for young people to adopt the spirit of togetherness.
“Our society will never develop if we remain divided,” he said. “It will only develop when young people are united and have common understanding of solving problems. It will only be organized and developed if and only if the fledgling persons embrace spirit of togetherness and be peace loving people,” the Vice Chancellor said.
Dr. Pagan said South Sudan will prosper if its natives could learn and define the real meaning of being a God fearing person who respects the will of others.
He said development could only come to the country if all are united and remain as peace lovers in a bid to change the society.
Dr. Pagan urged the students to be peace makers and God fearing people to have a transformed and peaceful society.
He called on young people to initiate spirits of togetherness, love and charity in order to help the country move out from the difficulties marked by hatred and killings.