South Sudanese Prelate Lays Foundation Stone for University, Hails Education as Pivotal

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A South Sudanese Prelate has, on the occasion of laying the foundation stone of a campus for the Catholic University of South Sudan over the weekend, hailed education as pivotal in transforming South Sudan into a country whose people acknowledge with mutual respect the “beauty of humanity”

Presiding over the ceremony in the Catholic Diocese of Rumbek on Saturday, October 3, Archbishop Stephen Ameyu said that education is the only key for transformation in the country and underscored the need to have an institution that can bring young people from all the corners of the nation in their pursuit of knowledge.

“Our country will not be transformed by the barrel of a gun; it will only be transformed by a pen,” Archbishop Ameyu who is the Local Ordinary of South Sudan’s Juba Archdiocese said Saturday during the laying of the University Foundation.

He added that with good education in South Sudan, “There will be no stranger amid the people because enlightenment will make each one realize the beauty of humanity”.

“The pen will unite us as a nation through people coming together to seek the knowledge that will open our minds so that all of us will become brothers and sisters,” the Prelate who was in Rumbek for the ordination of two Deacons told those who gathered to witness the laying of the foundation stone for the Rumbek campus of the Catholic University of South Sudan.


The Catholic University of South Sudan was founded in the nine-year-old nation three years before the country’s independence and has consisted of two campuses with the main one located in Juba and the other in the Diocese of Wau.

Speaking with optimism at the same occasion, the Coordinator of Rumbek Diocese, Fr. John Mathiang Machol said the education institution would realize “bigger fruits.”

“This university has started as small as we are seeing but the fruits of our imagination will be bigger than what we are seeing today,” Fr. John said.

Hoping for a huge growth in the near future, the South Sudanese Cleric added, “The University will produce many intellectuals; it will contribute academically; it will produce human resources to the society and it will also evangelize this area.”

“Those who will pass this school will not go back the way they came; they will go back transformed,” Fr. John further said, and continued, “The change that we are driving will be realized in the long time to come.”

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In July 2007, five Bishops from the then Sudan decided to establish the Catholic university that would have campuses and institutions in the two neighboring countries, Sudan and South Sudan.

The University opened with 50 pioneer students in 2008 under private institutions of higher learning with Jesuit Fr. Michael Schultheis as its first Vice-Chancellor (VC). The current VC, Fr. Mathew Pagan Daniel, took over from Fr. Michael.