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Interview with Dr. El Tayeb Mustafa, President of Future University, Sudan
사진 As a specialized university, Future University of Sudan aims to nurture qualified S&T human resources that would lead economic growth. Dr. El Tayeb Mustafa, the president of Future University expressed his wish to cooperate with STEPI to enhance the university’s capacity as well as to build a foundation for science and technology research. He showed a particular interest in developing a course in technology management and establishing a science park within the campus which will induce university-industry linkage in the future. He especially asked for cooperation from STEPI regarding those areas in the near future.

Could you please kindly introduce the Future University and what makes it special?

The Future University Sudan is a leading university in the area of Information and Communication Technologies. Established in 1991 as a university College, it introduced computer sciences, IT and telecommunication engineering in Sudan. Today, the majority of managers of the four telecommunication companies in Sudan are our graduates. The College was upgraded to a university in 2010 with an international Board of Trustees. Its members include renowned scientists and scholars from all over the world, such as Nobel Laureate Ahmed Zewail, Bruce Alberts; president Obama’s Science envoy, Zakri Abdul Hamid; the Science Advisor to the Prime minister of Malaysia, Dr. Badran; former Prime Minister of Jordan and Prof. Boksenberg from Cambridge University, to name only a few. The university has teaching staff from Asia, Arab States, USA and Europe.

What made you come back to Sudan and accept a position as the president of Future University after retiring from UNESCO?

I left Sudan in 1980 to join UNESCO. After a fabulous career culminating by being the Director of Science and technology policy for 13 years, I retired at the end 2009. I received many offers to act as an international consultant, but I accepted the offer of the Board of the Future University, to become the first president of the university. I accepted this challenge of building a world class university of technology to train qualified engineers and technologists. At the same time, it was an opportunity for me to come back home to contribute to the socio-economic development of my country.

Tell us more about Sudanese S&T Policy and how do you see a role of universities (like Future University) for better S&T environment in Sudan?

The first S&T policy of Sudan dates back to the early seventies. A major revision was carried out in 1981 and I had a chance to contribute to it as a UNESCO staff. The recent STI policy is currently being ratified. All these policies share the same objective of building an STI system to rationally use its natural resources and transform them into industrial products. The recent policy includes the creation of a national coordinating body, an R&D fund as well as raising the expenditure on R&D to 1% of the GDP by 2021. My personal conviction is that these policies will not meet their targets due to lack of cooperation between the government, the academia and the industry. Our university played a major role in drafting the new policy and we intend to play an important role to bring those partners together. We shall further develop our programme on technopreneurship to cover all aspects of technology management. We have started the process of bringing the partners to agree on the establishment of a science park.

Do you see any potential for STI Collaboration between Sudan and Republic of Korea?

The commercial relations between our two countries are excellent. Our hope is to increase the academic collaboration to match the commercial relations. I do believe that all academic institutions and government agencies are ready to cooperate with Korean institutions, like STEPI, in this direction. There is a great respect for the Korean experience. I hope that STEPI can help us in realizing these objectives.

Any other comments?

I am very pleased that STEPI accepted my invitation to visit Sudan. I am confident that this first visit will have positive impact. I seize this opportunity to thank the management of STEPI as well as the wonderful team led by Dr. Yim for their efforts. I also want to thank the Ambassador of Korea to Sudan for his support and personal involvement during the visit.
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