Upper Nile University

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Upper Nile University (UNU)
Vice-ChancellorProf. Isaac Cuir Riak PhD[1]
Administrative staff
50+ (2011)
09°33′00″N 31°39′30″E / 9.55000°N 31.65833°E / 9.55000; 31.65833Coordinates: 09°33′00″N 31°39′30″E / 9.55000°N 31.65833°E / 9.55000; 31.65833

Upper Nile University (UNU) is a university in South Sudan.


The university's main campus is located in the town of Malakal, Upper Nile State, on the banks of the White Nile. This location is approximately 650 kilometres (400 mi) by road north of Juba, the capital and largest city in that country.[2] The coordinates of the main university campus are: 9 33 00N, 31 39 30E (Latitude: 9.5508; Longitude: 31.6600).


Upper Nile University is one of the five public universities in South Sudan. The list includes the following institutions:

  1. Juba National University, in Juba
  2. Rumbek University in Rumbek
  3. University of Bahr El-Ghazal in Wau
  4. Upper Nile University in Malakal
  5. University of Northern Bahr El-Ghazal in Aweil


Upper Nile University was founded in 1991. Due to the Second Sudanese Civil War, some of the university faculties were relocated to Khartoum, Sudan, for safety of staff, students and infrastructure. Following South Sudan's independence in July 2011, the university is consolidating all activities to its main campus in the city of Malakal, Upper Nile State, in South Sudan's northeast.


As of July 2011, the university maintains the following faculties:[3]

  • Faculty of Agriculture
  • Faculty of Animal Production
  • Faculty of Arts & Humanities
  • Faculty of Computer Science
  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Forestry
  • Faculty of Medicine & Public Health[4]
  • Faculty of Nursing
  • Faculty of Science
  • Faculty of Social Science
  • Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
  • Faculty of Vocational Education

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