Some representatives of the University of Juba administration are on an official visit to Kapoeta town, Eastern Equatoria State, to assess an area it plans to erect a campus on.
Professor Sibrino Barnaba, dean of education at the university, who is leading the assessment team, says they are doing so on request of the state government.
“The government in Torit led by the governor has made a special request to the university, saying they would appreciate it if we could establish a small branch here,” Prof Barnaba told Singaita FM on Thursday.
Lack of education can contribute to rising poverty rates in struggling countries, according to reports by United Nations agencies.
In South Sudan, they say, more than 70% of the adult population is illiterate. This puts individuals at a disadvantage when it comes to finding employment.
The University of Juba is one of the few public universities in the county. the others are: the Upper Nile University, Bahr el Ghazal University, Dr. John Garang Memorial University of Science and Technology, Rumbek University of Science and Technology, and Northern Bahr el Ghazal Polytechnic College of Public Health Science.
Once established the branch will be the first-ever highest learning institution in Kapoeta. It will offer courses on Business Administration, Computer, and more.
Prof Sbrino said the branch will help those interested to pursue studies there instead of travelling to faraway places in search of education.