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18th December 2017: International Migrations Day at Comboni College
International Migrations Day

Sudan Film Factory and the International Organization of Migrations (IOM) organized a workshop with some Sudanese and refugee young film makers to give voice to the dreams, fears and challenges of migrants in Sudan. The five films produced in the workshop presented the presence of migrants as an important asset that contributes to the progress of the country. These films were screened on the courtyard of the Secondary Section of Comboni College Khartoum (CCK). Fr. Norberto Stonfer, Principal of the school, welcomed the hundreds of spectators that attended the event. Talal Afifi, president of Sudan Film Factory underlined the figure of Saint Daniel Comboni as a "man of God", an emigrant like Abraham or Mosses, that arrived in Sudan from Italy and contributed to the development of education in this country and the discovery of diversity as a treasure. One of the five short films told the story of one day at CCK Secondary School emphasizing through its beautiful images the enriching coexistence of Muslim and Christian, Sudanese, Eritreans, South Sudanese and Ethiopian students who pray, play and study together.
Another film, "Mandala", presented the experience of the Choir of Comboni College of Science and Technology where Sudanese, South Sudanese, Eritrean and Ethiopian students sing and, above all, grow together. The event had the presence of the Secretary of IOM in Khartoum, Mr. Norberto Celestino, and several diplomats, journalists and members of the Sudanese Government.


20th November - 1st Decemeber 2017: Progress of INSO Project

On Monday 23rd October the students of INSO Project met at CCST in order to be introduced into the e-learning stage of the educational program that includes the following themes: the creation of micro-companies; the concept of entrepreneurial sustainability; introduction to management and elements of marketing; youth and the internet: social network and dynamics of relationship; techniques to find job, preparation of a job interview, elaboration and presentation of a personal project; use of social media for the promotion of the micro-company.
But INSO Project is not just a training program for Computer Science and Information Technology students. A delegation of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research of Sudan (MOHE) and Comboni College of Science and Technology (CCST) started its training on Monday 20th November at the headquarters of IRISS (Institute of Research on Innovation and Services for Development) of the National Research Council of Italy (CNR) in Naples. The delegation was made of the Director of the Information Unit of MOHE, the Vice-director of Private Higher Education, the Principal and the Secretary of Academic Affairs of Meroe University of Technology, two lecturers of CCST in charge of the internships of the students and the Principal of CCST.

The first topic of their training was about "International Cooperation: development Progress of INSO Projectstrategies of the National Center of Research of Italy" and was given by Dr. Francesca Tolve, directress of International Relations of CNR. The second theme was about "Territorial Analysis: methodology for local development" and was given by Dr. Rosario Palese, president of Habacus Foundation.
The second day of training at Naples was about local innovation and international competitiveness. The seminar provided the participants with tools to promote business ideas including micro-enterprises and start-up companies. The day concluded with the visit of the Ambassador of Italy to Sudan, H.E. Fabrizio Lobasso, and the Ambassador of Sudan to Italy, H.E. Amira Gornass.
The main activity of the third day was a workshop to analyze the results of the project and plan the way to give continuity to the project.
The symposium had the papers of Alfonso MORVILLO, Director CNR-IRISS; Chiara IMPAGLIAZZO, from the Italian Ministry of Interior - Department for Civil Liberties and Immigration - International Relations Unit; Fabrizio LOBASSO, Italian Ambassador to Sudan; Amira GORNASS, Sudanese Ambassador to Italy; Sabrina GRECO, Researcher CNR- IRISS, Scientific Coordinator of the INSO Project; Dr. Ahmed Mohamed, who presented the paper: "Higher education in Sudan: recent developments and challenges"; Dr. Husam Al-Diin who presented the paper: "Innovation and scientific research in Sudan"; Progress of INSO ProjectFr. Jorge Naranjo Alcaide, Principal of CCST, who presented the paper: "Training needs and the labour market in Sudan"; Prof. Yves CHARBIT, from CEPED - Universite Paris Descartes, Associate professor to CNR-IRISS, who presented the paper: "Education and demographic dynamics: the case -Sahara Africa"; Prof. Jean-Baptiste MEYER, Research Director at the CEPED- Universite Paris Descartes, who presented the paper: "Research opportunities arising from the Inso project". After the symposium the representatives of the two Sudanese partners of the project held a meeting with Dr. Chiara Impagliazzo.
On the fourth day, the delegation of the Project discussed with Prof. Meyer and Prof. Cherbit from the Centre Population et Development (CEPED) - Universite' Rene' Descartes (Paris) the research implications of the project and had a workshop in the morning about "Social Intervention in Developing Countries" and visited "Dialogue Place", a multicultural social business incubator.
On the fifth day in Naples, Prof. Francesco Gobia examined the tools and techniques for project planning and management. On Monday 27th November the delegation started its program of activities at the University of the Studies "Aldo Moro" of Bari with Dr. Pasqua Rutigliani from the "Direction of Research, Third Mission and International Relations" who presented the commitment of the University for Human Capital Enhancement. After that, the group started its training in the formation of Departments of Professional Orientation with Progress of INSO ProjectDr.Maria Teresa Bilancia ("Organizational aspects of a Professional Orientation Department") and innovation on pedagogical methods with Dr. Alberto Fornasari. In the meanwhile, INSO students at Khartoum continued their e-training at the computer lab of CCST.
On 29th November the delegation attended the ceremony of opening of the third mission at BL LAB at the Universita degli Studi di Bari Aldo Moro. The "Third Mission" refers to the third aim of any university that is to promote the direct application, valorization and use of knowledge to contribute to the social, cultural and economic development of society.
The delegation came back to Khartoum on 2nd December.







12th November 2017: Dr. Nahla Gafer, Diretress of CCST courses in Palliative Care, nominated in the list of 30 Hospice and Palliative Medicine Visionaries by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Care (AAHPM)

As AAHPM reached their 25th anniversary milestone in 2013, the visionaries project was created in order to recognize individuals who have made exemplary contributions to the field of hospice and palliative medicine.
For its 30th anniversary in 2018, AAHPM sought to recognize 30 more individuals who had made impactful contributions. Nearly 150 individuals were nominated and more than 6,500 votes were cast. The final 30 were determined by a panel of Past Visionaries which reviewed the top vote-getters. Many common themes emerged in praise of the nominees - mentor, leader, big thinker. They were cited for their innovation, meaningful contributions, extraordinary vision and inspirational leadership. Among the 30 were early pioneers and trailblazers, as well as young innovators representing the new generation of Visionaries taking the profession into the future.
Dr. Nahla Gafer was nominated for being " The founder of palliative care in Sudan and having established the first palliative care unit. She is one of few researchers in palliative care in the country ". (further information: visionaries in hpm and blog).


8th November 2017: Free membership to CCST students of PC with the International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care's (IAHPC)

The International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care's (IAHPC) has recognized the effort of Comboni College of Science and Technology in the education to Palliative Care in the region (further more) and has granted a one-year free membership to the students of the Diploma in Palliative Care. Some of the membership benefits include unlimited access/download of full text articles from leading Palliative Care journals online and eligibility for a travel grant to learn or teach Palliative Care in other countries.


28th October 2017: Committee for Postgraduate Studies
Committee for Postgraduate Studies

The Dean of CCST, Prof. Abdel Rahman Al-Khangi, formed the Committee for Postgraduate Studies. Dr. Hassan Hamadalla and Dr. Asim Ahmed respectively were elected Chairman and Secretary of the Committee. This one met for the first time last Saturday 28th October in order to study a Postgraduate Diploma in Palliative Care in collaboration with Edinburgh and Makerere Universities in blended modality.










5th to 10th August 2017: III Cultural Week of Comboni College of Science & Technology (CCST)
Cultural week

The Cultural Week is an initiative of the students presented to the College administration since 2015. The theme of the first Cultural Week was diversity. The College community reflected upon it as a treasure that is present in our midst as 44% from the students has different nationalities to the Sudanese one. During the second Cultural Week the theme was the environment and the care for it.This year the theme is "Identity". Most of the South Sudanese, Eritrean and Ethiopian students were born in Sudan and don't know the country of their ancestors. This situation provokes this question: who I am. Also Sudanese students expressed their desire to deepen into the old history of the country as it's part of them. A weak identity
is the best entrance for any kind of fundamentalist ideology that may offer itself as a "Sound identity provider",as it can be watched in the film that closes the week: "Iman", the greatest modern film production in Sudan.
The week takes place at the headquarters of the College at Qasr Avenue with the following program:-
Saturday 5th August: Inauguration at 5:30 pm The students will perform different artistic manifestations (music, theatre, poems,..) to express the theme of the week in the courtyard
of the headquarters of the College.
Tuesday 8th to Thursday 10th August: Academic exhibition from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm Fourteen academic and cultural stands will express the theme of the week from different perspectives: 1. UNDP; 2. BA in English Language and Literature; 3. Computer Science and Information Technology; 4. Fine arts; 5. Ethiopia; 6. Eritrea; 7. South Sudan; 8. Sudan; 9. Yemen; 10. Kush;
11. Comboni Italian Center;12. Comboni: the person and the Institution; 13. Ongoing formation courses.14. Media.
Tuesday 8th August 2017 at 6:00 pm. Conference at the exam hall: Cultural differences and identity, by Omar Ushari.
Wednesday 9th August 2017 at 6:00 pm. Conference at the exam hall: Sudanese heritage by Mohamed Yahya.
Thursday 10th August 2017 at 7:30 pm. Screening of "Iman" and concert by "Aswaat
al-Medina
".
The closing ceremony is sponsored by UNDP. United Nations for Development Plan will also participate in the cultural exhibition with its own stand.The closing event will be logistically supported of Sudan Film Factory.
More information on the film and UNDP





18th July 2017: The journey of Palliative Care in Sudan in a book
Palliative care book

It has just been published the book entitled, Palliative Care: Perspectives, Practices and Impact on Quality of Life. A Global View, Volume 1. The editor, Michael Silberman, collects the practice of palliative care worldwide. All five continents are represented in this book by global leaders in this relatively new subspecialty. The chapters in the book re-emphasize the fact that in the 21st century,most patients in the world still lack this elementary tool to alleviate suffering - physical, and even more so, emotional and spiritual - which are so critical to people, especially when patients conditions become fatal. An issue that comes up again and again from almost all parts of the world, regardless of religion and traditional backgrounds, ethnicities, beliefs or faith, refers to the critical lack of basic and advanced training for physicians, nurses,volunteers and the public at large. Healthcare professionals are currently not equipped with the principles of communication with both the patient and his/her relatives.
Chapter 14 of this book has been written by the directress of the Courses of Palliative Care at CCST, Dr. Nahla Gafer, along with Dr. Mohja Kha'ir Allah and Sr. Halima Ali. This chapter reports the journey of Palliative Care in Sudan including the contribution of CCST. The chapter is entitled:: "Palliative Care in Sudan: A Protracted Journey to Reduce Suffering and Improve Quality of Life".



26th May 2017: Presentation of INSO Project at IRISS headquarters
Inso Project

INSO project was presented in the headquarters of the head of the project, IRISS, at Naples on Friday 26th May and in the Ateneo Palace of the University of the Studies Aldo Moro of Bari, partner in the project, on Monday 29th May. The press conference at the site of the Institute of Research on Innovation and Services for Development (IRISS) was moderated by the well-known journalist Marco Demarco and involvedProf. Alfonso Morvillo, Director of IRISS, Francesca Tolve, from the office of International Relations of IRISS, and the Director of the Office of International Relations of the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Italy, Dr. Carmelita F. Ammendola, who shared her input through video-conference. Dr. Sabrina Greco, scientific director of the project, and Fr. Jorge Naranjo, director of the project for Comboni College of Science and Technology presented the project with detail.The conference had the presence of a numerous group of researchers of IRISS, some of whom are involved in the training activities of the project, and some journalists of Naples. The conference at Bari instead was attended by the General Director of the University, Dr. Federico Gallo, and several representatives of local TV channels. The scientific director of the project for the Long Life Formation center of Bari university (CAP), Prof. Alberto Fornasari,Dr. Sabrina Greco and Fr. Jorge Naranjo presented the project.




18-20th May 2017: CCST at the 15th World Congress of the European Association of Palliative Care
World congress of the European Association

CCST was present in the 15th World Congress of the European Association for Palliative Care that took place in Madrid from 18th - 20th May 2017. The Congress was entitled "Progressing Palliative Care" and shaped the global palliative care landscape in terms of research, education and clinical practice. CCST is also part of this landscape with its courses and the activities of its Research and Resource Centre.
Two of the research papers supervised by Dr. Nahla Gafer were presented in the Congress: "Analysis of cancer survivals receiving palliative care" by Dr. Manal Mahjoub Khojali; and "Patients on radiotherapy: do they have palliative care needs" by Dr. Fathi Abdel Hadi Abdel Wahid in the section of posters. The whole Sudanese delegation to the Congress was composed by Dr. Nahla Gafer, Director of the Courses of Palliative Care and the Research Center of CCST,Dr. Mohja Khair Allah, lecturer of the above mentioned courses, Dr. Shayma' As-Siddeeq and Dr. Manal Mahjoub Khojali from RICK and Fr. Jorge Naranjo, General Administrator of CCST. During the Congress, the "APCA Atlas of Palliative Care in Africa" and the "Atlas of Palliative Care in the Eastern Mediterranean Region" were presented. Dr. Nahla Gafer and Dr. Shayma' As-Siddeeq contributed to the part concerning with palliative services in Sudan.




11th May 2017: Internal Tourism in Sudan
Internal Tourism

In the context of the first anniversary of the Comboni Italian Center (CIC), SYNC productions screened the documentary film "Internal Tourism in Sudan" at CCST. This Sudanese film will compete in the international contest organized by MBC television for documentary films. It was screened, for the first time in public, at the hall of the College that hosted 200 persons.Capital Radio covered and supported the event and interviewed the General Administrator of the College in the morning, who spoke about the main achievements of CIC in its first year: the two sessions of CELI exams of Perugia University, the different football tournaments, the Acqua Gym for ladies, the 4,000 likes of the Facebook page, the different films screened. The evening ended with the performance of the Sudanese singer Opera.The screening was in tune with the closing day of the workshops for the students of the INSO Project who had also dealt with the importance of caring the image of the country to foster development in Sudan.

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8th May 2017: Training workshop for lecturers of English language
Training workshop

CCST organized a training workshop for the teaching staff of the BA Honours in English Language and Literature open to teachers of the Short Courses of English Language
and some lecturers from other universities. The training dealt with topics like teaching
to different levels, testing and evaluation, motivating learners and course design.
The course will end on 20th May and last 16 hours.















24th April 2017: INSO Project inauguration
Inso project

On 24th April INSO Project activities were officially inaugurated at the exam hall of CCST with the presence of the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research of the Republic of Sudan, Dr. Sumeya Abu Kashawa, the Ambassador of Italy to Sudan, H.E. Fabrizio Lobasso, the Scientific Director of the project and fellow researcher of IRISS, Dr. Sabrina Greco and Prof.Abdel Rahman Al-Khangi, dean of the College, along with some journalists, the members of the CCST and MOHE team involved in the project, Prof. Jean Baptiste Meyer from the French Institute of Research on Development and first facilitator, and the 140 students selected for the project.

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7th to 25th March 2017: Selection exams for INSO Project
Selection exams

The project Innovation in society (INSO): Training and enhancement of human capital
in the Sudan is made up of the collaboration among the Institute for Research on Innovation and Services for Development (IRISS) of the National Research Council of Italy (CNR), the Ongoing Formation Center of the University of the Studies of Bari (CAP), Comboni College of Science and Technology (CCST),and the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research of the Republic of Sudan (MOHE).
The project is addressed to 140 semi-finalist students from Information Technology and Computer Science, to university lecturers and to staff of MOHE. The project aims at contributing to the socio-economic development of Sudan through the empowerment
of university students in their search and start of professional projects and through the creation of professional orientation departments in Sudanese universities that link universities with private and public institutions.
From 7th to 25th March, more than two hundred students were tested in their level in English in order to assess their adequancy for the formative program that will start on
24th April.





13th February 2017: Inauguration of LEC (Lengua Espanola en Comboni)
Inauguration of LEC

The Ambassador of Spain to Sudan, H.E. Juan Jose Rubio Urquia, inaugurated, LEC,
the new space dedicated to Spanish language at the site of the College at Manshia.
The center is made of two classrooms and one computer lab that bear the names of
three important personalities of Spanish culture: Cervantes, Velazquez and Gaudi.
With the occasion of the inauguration,the Ambassador handed out the Gustavo Adolfo Bequer Awards in the two categories of poetry and legends. Mohammed Muzzamil won the prize in the category of poetry and Jihan Elias in the category of poetry. Both students receive a set of books. There was also a special mention for the first Sudanese student who got a B1 level DELE certificate.











3rd February 2017: Great results for our DELE studentsExams of Spanish

Twelve students sat for the official exams of Spanish Language of Cervantes Institute (DELE) at CCST last 25-26th November 2016. The results were published. The only student who tried B1 level succeeded. Four students passed A2 level and three passed and two students passed A1 level and two failed. Therefore 58.3 % of the students passed their respective DELE exam.















31st January 2017: Promotion of teaching staff

The Committee for the Promotion of Teaching Staff met to examine the request of promotion presented by Dr. Asim Ahmed, Head of Department of Physics and Dr. Hassan Hamadallah, head of Department of Education. The Committee approved both requests and raised the application to become Associated Professor to the respective Committee of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research.


22nd to 26th January: Sudan Independent Film Festival at CCSTSudan Independent

Sudan Independent Film Festival is one of the greatest cultural events in Sudan. Eighty films from fifty different countries where screened from 22nd to 26th January. CCST was of the sites for the projection of films. The closing ceremony of the Festival took place at the Pimary Section of Comboni College Khartoum and was attended by 800 people.The “Black Elephant” to the best Sudanese film was for “Nyerkuk”, a film directed by Mohamed Kordofani.













17th January: APCA membership to CCSTAPCA

The African Palliative Care Association (APCA) granted a free membership to CCST
for its contribution to this medical field in Sudan. This membership aims at building a community of palliative care experts, careers and policy makers in Africa. APCA was established after a meeting in Cape Town in 2002 of 28 palliative care trainers from across Africa.The group produced the Cape Town Declaration, which holds palliative care and pain and symptom control as a human right for every adult and child with life-limiting illnesses. Thanks to Uganda's pioneering record in palliative care on the continent, APCA's head office was established in 2005 in the country capital, Kampala, where several centres of palliative care expertise exist.










15th January: Results of CELI exams Exams of Italian

Perugia University for Foreigners announced the results of the sessions of exams of Italian language (CELI) hold on 21st November 2016. Comboni College of Science & Technology and its Italian language center (Comboni Italian Center - CIC) presented 20 candidates. Five students passed the A1 level exam, three passed the A2 level exam and four passed the B1 level exam.Just five candidates were not able to pass both the oral and written parts of the exam.













15th January: Celebration of Graduation

Twenty three graduates of the second batch of the BA in English Language and Literature, twenty three of the tenth batch of the Diploma in Information Technology-Accounting, twenty-three of the Diploma in Information Technology-Management and twenty three from the twelfth batch of the BSc in Computer Science celebrated their graduation in the courtyard of the Primary Section of the Primary School.The diplomas were distributed by the new Archbishop of Khartoum, Dr. Michael Didi, and the Dean of the College, Prof. Abdel Rahman Al-Khangi.



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