IOM solidifies its Partnership with Sudanese Academia by Signing a Memorandum of Understanding with Ahfad University for Women
In an effort to strengthen the role of academia in transferring knowledge and enriching research on migration in Sudan and beyond; IOM signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Ahfad University for Women today.
Founded in 1966, the Ahfad University for Women (AUW) is a private key academic institute in Sudan providing an enabling environment for thousands of women so far. AUW is one of the most respected and influential universities in Sudan and offers professional learning courses in migration related fields as well as other disciplines, at a diploma and degree level, listing their core values as Social Responsibility, Academic Freedom, Leadership, Innovation, Excellence, Respect, Integrity, Ownership, Commitment, Diversity, Inclusiveness and Partnership.
This MoU recognizes the importance of knowledge transfer that can make a lasting difference for future generations to come. Through this MoU, IOM and AUW have committed to maximising on their breadth of combined expertise through a partnership that creates joint awareness raising and outreach events on migration; as well as exchange of staff and faculty members for the purposes of training and sharing of information.
The MoU also outlines possibilities of partnerships through setting up of commissions, committees or other technical or advisory bodies, on matters related to migration. Through this partnership, IOM welcomes relevant internship arrangements for selected AUW students and hopes to encourage enrolment and research on migration studies.
Professor Gasim Badri, President of AUW at the signing ceremony, stated his commitment to this partnership with IOM and the importance of encouraging migration related research. With the combination of students from Sudan and neighbouring countries, Prof. Badri stated that AUW has always celebrated diversity and has a student body that represents that. “With additional notable enrolment from countries such as Eritrea, Somalia, Nigeria and South Sudan; migration research can really flourish within the university and beyond.”
IOM Sudan’s Chief of Mission, Mr. Mario Lito Malanca expressed his personal appreciation to the important work that AUW is doing and how he has been “impressed with the impact that AUW has had on women and society at large….This MoU marks the way forward and is a starting point for IOM and AUW to innovatively encourage knowledge transfer, research and academic engagement”
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