KHARTOUM – The University of Khartoum (UofK) is a public university located in the Sudanese capital Khartoum and is the largest and oldest public university in Sudan. UofK was founded as Gordon Memorial College in 1902 by the Anglo-Egyptian Condominium rule and established in 1956 when Sudan gained independence. Since that date, the University of Khartoum has been recognized as a top university and a high-ranked academic institution in Sudan, Africa and the world.
As of August 2021, the University of Khartoum is 1797th in the world, 38th in Africa, and 1st in Sudan by aggregated alumni prominence.
Below is the list of 10 notable alumni from the University of Khartoum sorted by their wiki pages popularity. The directory includes famous graduates along with research and academic staff.
1 – Riek Machar Teny, PhD.
Dr. Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon is a South Sudanese politician who currently serves as the 3rd First Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan. Dr. Machar obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering in 1977 from the prestigious Khartoum University. He then won a scholarship in the United Kingdom where he also earned his Master’s Degree in Production Management and Manufacturing Technology from the University of Strathclyde in Scotland. He further went on to earn his PhD in Strategic Planning in Industry from the University of Bradford in the United Kingdom.
2 – Lam Akol Ajawin, PhD.
Dr. Lam Akol Ajawin is a South Sudanese politician. He now serves as the Chairman of the National Democratic Movement (NDM) and Secretary-General of the South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA). Dr. Akol graduated from the University of Khartoum in 1975. Dr. Akol graduated from the University of Khartoum in engineering in 1975, and then obtained a MEng at Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh in 1977. He later received a PhD in chemical engineering from Imperial College London and taught at the University of Khartoum.
He served different roles in the Sudanese government including becoming the country’s foreign minister during the interim period that led to a referendum in 2011 leading to South Sudan independence.
3 – Francis Mading Deng, PhD.
Dr. Francis Mading Deng is a politician and diplomat from South Sudan who served as the newly independent country’s first ambassador to the United Nations from 2012 to July 2016. He graduated from law from the University of Khartoum in the late 1960s
4 – Michael Makuei Lueth
Honorable Michael Makuei Lueth is a South Sudanese politician who serves as the Minister of Information, Communication Technology and Postal Service of the Revitalized Peace Agreement of the Republic of South Sudan. Honorable Lueth graduated from the University of Khartoum in Law in 1977 and then worked as a Legal Counsel and as a Judge before he joined the SPLM/A in 1983, where he progressed to the rank of Commander (Brig. General). During the civil war he also served as the SPLM/A’s Secretary and Commissioner for Legal Affairs. Before assuming his current post Lueth served as care-taker minister of parliamentary affairs following independence.
Michael Makuei Lueth was a leading member of South Sudan’s team of negotiators attending 2012 talks on post-partition issues between Sudan and South Sudan. He was a member of the government’s “special select” committee tasked by the cabinet to educate members of the general significance of the deal which the two sides had signed in September 2012.
5 – Barnaba Marial Benjamin, medical doctor
Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin Bil is a South Sudanese politician who currently serves as the minister of presidential affairs. Following independence in 2011, he became the first minister of information of the newly-established country. He then worked as foreign minister from July 27, 2011 until his sacking in July 2016, a day after he referred to people from Abyei as Sudanese.
Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin studied Premedical Sciences at the University of Khartoum in 1965 and graduated in Medicine and Surgery at the University of Cairo in 1970. He studied Hygiene and Tropical medicine at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine in 1983. At the Centre for African Reconnaissance (CARS), University of South Africa (UNISA), Pretoria South Africa in 2005, he studied Diplomacy and International Relations.
6 – Nhial Deng Nhial
Lieutenant-General Nhial Deng Nhial is a South Sudanese politician and a member of the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM). The most recent position he held was minister of presidential affairs from 2020 until 2021. He was Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2011 to 2013 and 2018 to 2019 after having served as the caretaker Minister of Defense since 10 July 2011. Prior to that, he served as the pre-independence South Sudanese Minister of SPLA and Veteran Affairs, from 22 December 2008 until 9 July 2011. He graduated in the early 1980s with the degree of Bachelor of Laws (LLB), from the University of Khartoum.
7 – Lily Albino Akol Akol
Honorable Lily Albino Akol Akol is a South Sudanese politician who held the constitutional post of National Deputy Minister of Information and Communication. She also served as a Member of the South Sudan National Dialogue Steering Committee. She was the director of communication for the South Sudan Women empowerment network, and is an assistant professor at the University of Juba and serving as the director of International Cooperation, Communication and Alumni Affairs, as well as a lecturer in the College of Arts and Humanities/Department of Mass Communication.
8 – Abdalla Hamdok, PhD
Dr. Abdalla Hamdok is a Sudanese public administrator who serves as the 15th Prime Minister of the Republic of the Sudan since 2019. Abdalla Hamdok holds a bachelor of science from the University of Khartoum and a doctorate in economic studies from the University of Manchester.
Prior to his appointment, Dr. Hamdok served in numerous national and international administrative positions. From November 2011 to October 2018, he was Deputy Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). UNECA staff described Hamdok as “A diplomat, a humble man and a brilliant and disciplined mind”. In August 2019, Hamdok was floated around as a likely candidate for Prime Minister of Sudan for the 2019 Sudanese transition to democracy.
9 – Hassan ‘Abd Allah al Turabi, PhD
Dr. Hassan ‘Abd Allah al Turabi was a Sudanese Islamist politician who was considered “the true architect” of 1989 coup that brought former Sudanese President Omar Hassan Ahmed Al-Bashir to power. He graduated from Khartoum University School of Law in 1955 and also studied in London and at the Sorbonne in Paris in 1962, where he gained a PhD. He became a leader of the Sudanese Muslim Brotherhood in the early 1960s.He is a descendant of a famous 17th-century religious sheikh, Hamad al-Turabi.
He has been called “one of the most influential figures in modern Sudanese politics”, and a “longtime hard-line ideological leader”. He was instrumental in institutionalizing sharia (Islamic law) in the northern part of the country and was frequently imprisoned in Sudan, but these “periods of detention” were “interspersed with periods of high political office”. He passed away on 5 March 2016.
10 – Ali Osman Mohammed Taha
Ali Osman Mohammed Taha is a Sudanese politician who was First Vice President of Sudan from July 2011 to December 2013. He studied law from the University of Khartoum in the 1960s. Previously he was Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1993 to 1995, First Vice President from 1995 to January 2005, and Second Vice President from August 2005 to July 2011. He is a member of the National Congress Party.