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Background to the University of Juba.

University of Juba (UJ) was founded in 1975 and envisioned to be the leading Centre of excellence of higher education in the region and the world. The University is dedicated to provide a robust training and human resource capacity building for the developmental needs of the then Southern Sudan. The University has set its goal to conduct training, research and community outreach programmes for sustained peace, eradicating poverty, and enhancing socio-economic growth in South Sudan. Moreover, the core values and the guiding principles of the University are anchored on encouragement and cherishing free and independent thought; a celebration of scholarship, excellence, creativity, and initiative; working as a team; maintenance of an inclusive, safe and clean working environment for students and staff; providing equal opportunity to all; and autonomy of the University.    In October 1977, the University launched undergraduate studies and classes began in four Colleges of Natural Resources and Environmental Studies, Education, Social and Economic Studies, and Adult Education. In 1978 College of Medicine was established to provide medical care and health services to the entire citizens of the country. 

In 1989 the University was relocated to Khartoum due to the devastating civil unrest in Southern Sudan. While in exile the University witnessed enormous expansions on academic and research aspects.

Following the independence of South Sudan on 9th July 2011, the University completely repatriated to Juba. Currently the University hosts 13 schools, 4 Centres, 3 institutes and 2 colleges. These include: School of Art, Music and Drama (SAMD), School of Arts and Humanities (SAH), School of Applied and Industrial Sciences (SAIS),School of Business and Management (SBM), School of Computer Science and Information Technology (SCSIT), School of Community Studies and Rural Development (SCSRD), School of Engineering and Architecture (SEA), School of Education (SED), School of Law (SL),School of Medicine (SM), School of Natural Resources and Environmental Studies (SNRES), School of Public Service (SPS), and School of Social and Economic Studies (SSES); Centre for Distance Education (CDE),Centre for Human Resource Development and Continuing Education (CHRD&CE), Center for Languages and Translation (CLT), and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Centre; National Transformational Leadership Institute (NTLI), Institute of Peace, Development and Security Studies (IPDSS), and   French Institute (FI) ; Graduate College (GC) and Kuajok Community College (KCC).