Addressing the first meeting of the Council of the University of the Holy Quran and Islamic Sciences at its fifth session, the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research said that the University is distinguished for research centers that are qualified to become centers for scientific excellence.

The Council of the University of the Holy Quran and Islamic Sciences held its meeting at Al-Neelain Mosque Hall on Monday, 25 December 2017. The meeting was honored with attendance of Prof. Sumaya Abu-Kashawa, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Prof. Al-Habr Yusuf Nur-Adaim, Chairman of the Council, Prof. Ahmed Saeed Salman, the Vice Chancellor of the University, and membership of the council from inside and outside the university.

Prof. Sumaya Abu Kashwa, affirmed full commitment of the Ministry of Higher education to fulfill the rights of the University of the Holy Quran and Islamic Sciences adding that they will allocate considerable resources for the University due to its uniqueness and excellence. Prof. Abu Kashwa also expressed her great interest in supporting scientific chairs and centers of excellence as she urged taking advantage of available resources to finance scientific research pointing out that the university is distinguished for having research centers that are qualified to become centers for research excellence. She also pointed to the lack in research of education and humanities, stressing to give full attention to the recommendations of the council and to endeavor to finance and adopt them.

On his part, Prof. Al-Habr Yusuf Nur-Al-Daim, the Chairman of the University Council, said that the visit of the Turkish President Recep Tayyib Erdoğan and the delegation accompanying him to Sudan will have its impact on education, especially on higher education, pointing to communication and cooperation between the two countries in several fields keeping into consideration the economic resources which Sudan enjoys and the great potentialities that Turkey possesses in the field of technology, hoping that there will be some sort of cooperation between the two countries. Prof. Nur-Al-Daim stressed that the University Council is striving to serve the development and advancement of the country, noting that education represents the spearhead of development.

On his part, Prof. Ahmed Saeed Suleiman, Vice Chancellor of the University of the Holy Quran and Islamic Sciences presented the report on the university performance for the year 2016-2017 besides presentation on financial indicators, strategic plans and projects, stressing that this year has witnessed an academic stability featuring both academic and extracurricular activities. On the other hand, Prof. Salman stated that the University has a total enrolment figure of 41792 thousand students at undergraduate level and 1366 students at graduate studies, about 399 faculty members, 56 seconded and on-vacation teaching staff members and 6 foreign professors in Turkish language. Mr. Salman continued on explaining that the university has worked on promotion of 30 teaching staff members, revealing the University's fulfillment of all its obligations to the Ministry of Finance. In addition the university has implemented 15 external training courses for 74 teaching staff members, 13 internal courses in addition to participation in 33 conferences, implementing 3 scientific conferences besides student activities implementation rate of 117%.

Furthermore, Professor Salman said that the university has been involved in community service where it has organized 16 courses and 20 Da'wah convoys covering all the states of Sudan.

He added that the university has also succeeded in rehabilitating 3 new buildings to reduce pressure on students, 3 computer labs and providing 100 new computers to improve work standard.

He also mentioned that the university has won opportunity for funding 4 scientific researches within the Funding research program offered by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research.

Prof. Salman concluded his statement by stressing the University's endeavor to complete a number of projects.

On his part, Dr. Abbas Hamid Al Aa’lim, Principal of the University, presented indicators of the financial report, covering the University's resources and its expenditures, stressing that the University has fulfilled its obligations towards the employees.