The background



In December 2019, Eeva John, Anne Tutt and Hanna John - three trustees of ECSSSUP - held Project Management and Governance workshops with the staff and trustees of The Episcopal University in Juba. 

The Archbishops of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan and Principals and staff of participating Colleges formally validated TEU after a week of consultations. Ron Hart and Anne Tutt, trustees of ECSSSUP attended the celebrations. Read more here.

TEU has moved to a new office adjacent to Bishop Gwynne College in Juba and has negotiated land for the 'central campus' and the TEU administrative centre in Rokon, 50 miles west of Juba.


  • A staff team has been recruited to assist the Project Director, Revd Dr Joseph Bilal, to manage the process of forming the Episcopal University from its participating colleges. They began work on 1st March 2018. The team consists of
    Project Manager, Revd Joseph Ajang Atem
    Administration and Finance Officer, Mr Junub Maker Riak
    Logistics Officer, Mr Hakim Majok Barkuie
    Personal Assistant, Ms Florence Joggo.


  • The team is based in a new office in Juba which was opened on 13th April 2018.

  • Financial policies and systems have been established and a fundraising strategy has been drawn up with the assitance of ECSSSUP trustee, Anne Tutt, who visited the team in February 2018. 

  • A number of projects have been identified that need urgent funds. Click here to find out more about these.  

  • The Project Management Board had its last meeting in August 2018 and Archbishop Justin Badi is in the process of forming a new University Governing Council. Principals of participating colleges in Kajo Keji (Kajo Keji Christian College), Maridi (Chaima Christian Institute), Renk (Renk Theological College), Wau (St John's College) and Juba (Bishop Gwynne College) - will meet regularly to support the work.

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The Episcopal University has become legally incorporated as part of the process of becoming registered with the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology as a private university. Land negotiations in Rajaf Diocese (on the outskirts of Juba) are nearly complete for acquiring 2 x 2 km of land for the 'administrative nerve centre' in Juba.

A TEU Workshop was held in April 2017, at which the Vision, Mission, Objectives and Values of the university were agreed. Eight participating institutions were represented and agreed the core curriculum for the first year of study for all students, as well as agreeing which of the eight institutions were ready to become the 'phase 1' institutions to launch the university. 

A core curriculum is being written with the expertise of HE colleagues in South Sudan and UK.


Participating colleges and institutions have been assessed for academic standards, governance and financial viability in preparation for the next steps in the registration process for private universities in South Sudan.

In April 2016 we held a consultation meeting in Juba, which brought together more than 57 delegates from all over South Sudan and Sudan, including our partners from the UK. The purpose of the consultation was to build confidence in the future of the university, to confirm the collaborative manner in which this will take place, and to build commitment to agreed actions. The Episcopal University was established as the official name of the new university and a logo has been designed - see right.


The formation of the Episcopal University was unanimously endorsed by the General Synod of the ECSS&S and the project was registered with the Government of South Sudan in December 2015.


A Project Management Board was established in Juba, South Sudan, January 2014 to oversee the work of the Project Manager and to progress the development of the project.

The work of the Board has focused on institutional assessments, land negotiations, fundraising and registration of the project with the government of South Sudan. ECSS&S theological and other higher education institutions have been assessed to determine the institutions' capacity to be part of the launch of the foundation programme. Areas covered included the institutions’ history, legal status, partnerships, governance, management and administration, staffing, admissions policy, quality of teaching and learning, library and other learning resources, land and assets, finance and student support


 Rev Dr Joseph Bilal was appointed Project Manager, based in Juba, in November 2013. Accommodation, office accommodation and salary have been provided by the ECSSS. 


In 2011 Archbishop Daniel Deng Bul commissioned a feasibility study for the Episcopal Church of Sudan and South Sudan in relation to the establishment of a Christian foundation university in the province. The study was carried out by two education experts from the UK,  Dr Ruth Eade and Dr Eeva John, who visited South Sudan and gathered views from potential stakeholders, assessed potential sites and made recommendations about the next steps for the establishment of a Christian foundation university.

The study recommends that ECSS&S should establish a geographically dispersed model of university using the present structures of the church’s higher education institutions, each specialising in one or two subjects. The study recommends the establishment of a foundation programme that prepares secondary school leavers for higher education at university level. 

A supporting charity, the ECSSS University Partnership was also formed. The role of ECSSSUP is to offer professional guidance and advice in relation to establishing a university and to assist with fundraising and raising the profile of the project through appropriate networks.



We exist to transform and change the lives and livelihood of our people by providing higher education services that not only enhance knowledge and skills, but also instil faithfulness, humility, obedience, dedication and commitment in serving the church and the nation.

ECSS&S University

Concept Paper

July 2015

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