CAIRO, Egypt—Students at Suez Canal University shut down South Sudan’s embassy in Cairo this morning, alleging that the mission had broken scholarship agreements signed by the students.
South Sudanese students studying at Suez Canal University are being requested to pay tuition costs that they should not have to pay due to the scholarship arrangement, according to a statement sent to Sudan’s Post this morning.
“With great respect and admiration, we, South Sudanese students at Suez University, are releasing this press statement to the minister of higher education and the entire government of South Sudan in order to put a stop to this crisis,” they said in the statement.
They then went on to explain why they had chosen to demonstrate.
“The issue is a scholarship irregularity that the university has grossly infringed to the point of valor.”
“We have six distinct departments in the faculty of petroleum and mining engineering: petroleum engineering, petroleum exploration and production engineering, refinery and petrochemical engineering, metallurgy and materials engineering, mining and surveying engineering, and geology and geophysical engineering.”
“Department number two in the above is the issue of students being approached for money” (tuition fees). Why is this department not regarded similarly to other departments, and which item in the scholarship agreement states that it should be treated differently despite being in the same faculty?
“According to the scholarship agreement, this is a serious violation of specialty, and it should be investigated.” Any student admitted to the faculty has the right to specialize in any department of the faculty, according to the agreement. It is the only university that refuses to follow the scholarship agreement.