Al Fashir University

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Al Fashir University
Type Public
Vice-president Abualbashr Rahman Youssef
Location Al Fashir, North Darfur, Sudan

Al Fashir University is a public university in Al-Fashir, the capital city of North Darfur, Sudan.[1]


The university was created in 1990 by decree of President Omar Hassan Ahmed Bashir, and was officially opened in February 1991 in premises west of El Fasher airport and South of the El Fashir school.[2] There were 11,671 students enrolled in 2011, with 199 faculty members and 243 staff and technical assistants.[3] It is a member of the Association of African Universities.[4]


In December 2004 a conference was held to discuss the effect of environmental degradation in causing conflict in Darfur. Faculty and students of the universities of Zalingei, El-Fashir and Nyala presented the findings of their research. They made recommendations that included closer cooperation between the UN and local universities, joint research projects and collaborative workshops.[5]

In October 2010 five students of the university loyal to the Sudan Liberation Movement led by Minni Minawi were arrested by police and were severely beaten before being released on bail. One of them was taken to the hospital for treatment of his injuries.[6] In March 2011 two students were shot dead by police at the university, one from a range of less than one meter. They had been disobeying university authorities and participating in a political rally.[7]


  1. ^ "Sudanese higher education". Ministry of Higher Education & Scientific Research. Retrieved 2011-09-15. 
  2. ^ "History of the University". Al Fashir University. Retrieved 2011-09-15. 
  3. ^ "Facts & Figures". Al Fashir University. Retrieved 2011-09-18. 
  4. ^ "Al Fashir University". Association of African Universities. Retrieved 2011-09-18. 
  5. ^ "Environmental Degradation as a Cause of Conflict in Darfur" (PDF). UN University for Peace. December 2004. p. 14. Retrieved 2011-09-18. 
  6. ^ "Five University of El Fasher students severely beaten in police station". Radio Dabanga. 14 Oct 2010. Retrieved 2011-09-18. 
  7. ^ "Two students shot dead by police at El Fasher University". Radio Dabanga. 17 March 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-18.