ECSSSUP held its first Annual General Meeting on Saturday 5th September 2020 by zoom. 

Over 40 people participated in this interactive event, including some of our colleagues in Juba and Maridi in South Sudan, and our new Patron, Caroline Welby. 

Learn about the TEU story that we shared here, and meet some of the staff and students of TEU by watching this film.


And, finally, find out about what has been achieved over the past 9 years, what our priorities are and how you can help by clicking here!

Vicky Aluur, TEU Finance Manager

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Caroline Welby,

our new patron

Chair of Bishop Gwynne College, the Rt Revd Fraser Yugu passed away on 12 July 2020

  July 2020

It is with great sadness that we heard of the death in Khartoum of Rt Revd Fraser Yugu, the assistant bishop of Juba Diocese, and an active and supportive member of the TEU Senate. Thousands attended the laying of his body to rest and the memorial service held in the Cathedral.

Land Agreement between Rokon Community and The Episcopal University signed

On the 19th June 2020 a ceremony was held to sign the land agreement between The Episcopal University and the Rokon community. The ceremony was attended byt the community chief, Simon Soro, and lawyers for both TEU and Rokon. The Primate, Archbishop Justin Badi, and the chair of the Rokon Community negotiating team signed the agreement.

The foundation stone for the central campus of TEU is laid in Rokon by Archbishop Justin Badi

December 2019

On 18 December 2019 the Primate, the Most Revd Justin Badi Arama, with Dr Eeva John laid the foundation stone for The Episcopal University in Rokon. The Rokon community has agreed to donate 6 sq km to TEU. This will be the site of the central campus, located about 50 miles outside the capital Juba.

The celebration was attended by elders and government officials as well as staff of the university and two other members of ECSSSUP  in the UK.

The Primate spoke from Matthew 13:31-35 – that we have brought a seed and planted it in Rokon – a seed of love, education and living peacefully. Referring to the history of the area he continued “maybe God has a plan to make this a centre of production where previously it’s been a centre of destruction.”

During their visit to the University, Hanna John, Anne Tutt and Eeva John held governance and project management workshops with members of the Governing Council and TEU staff. 

During their visit to the University, Hanna John, Anne Tutt and Eeva John held governance and project management workshops with members of the Governing Council and TEU staff. 

The Episcopal University celebrates its validation following a week of meetings about peace-keeping and the future of the newly established university 

April 2019

The Archbishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan - together with the area Archbishops and Principals and representative staff of the five (Phase 1) participating colleges met together for a week at the end of March 2019.

Several days were devoted to discussing ways in which the Church can help strengthen peace efforts in the country before moving on to discuss the validation of TEU as private university validated by the Government of South Sudan. The group agreed a governance structure and appointed Revd Dr Joseph Bilal as acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor. Matters related to curriculum, quality assurance, recruitment of qualified staff and fundraising were discussed and progressed.  

The meetings and the validation ceremony were held in TEU's new offices located next to Bishop Gwynne College. Representatives from Bishop Gwynne College, St John's College Wau, Kajo Keji Christian College, Chaima Christian Institute in Maridi and Renk Theological College were present, as two ECSSSUP trustees: Anne Tutt and Revd Ron Hart.

This is a great milestone for the university!  Please consider supporting the university as it takes its next steps to live out its vision and mission.


Site visit by the South Sudan Ministry of Higher Education to take place on 22 January 2019 in order to grant a provisional licence for TEU as a private university                                                                                                                                                              January 2019

A delegation of 5 members of the South Sudan Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology will visit Bishop Gwynne College to inspect the college site, facilities, academic programmes, academic staff and administrative structures. A successful visit will enable TEU to function as a private university! This is a major milestone in the development of TEU. 

Archbishop Justin to visit UK                                                                      August and September 2018

Archbishop Justin, who chairs the Governing Council for The Episcopal University, is visiting the UK at the end of August and beginning of September. Trustees of ECSSSUP plan to meet with him in Lambeth Palace.

Revd Dr Joseph Bilal becomes a Canon!                August 2018 

Revd Dr Joseph was installed as a Canon at a service in All Saints Cathedral in Juba on 12 August 2018. Thousands attended the service that was presided by Archbishop Justin Badi Arama.

Congratulations to Joseph!

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TEU Newsletter No. 4                                                                                                     July 2018

In this newsletter, find out about Joseph Bilal's visit to the USA and Joseph Ajang's participation in the Council of Anglican Provinces of Africa meeting in Nairobi. Plus additions to the staff team - and funding challenges ahead! Read here for more.

The Episcopal University Workshop           took place in Juba | 3-5 April 2017

       The workshop gathered principals, staff and trustees of the eight colleges which are participating in the formation of the Episcopal University:

  •        Archbishop Ngalamu Theological College, Mundri

  • Bishop Gwynne College, Juba

  • Chaima Christian Institute, Maridi

  • Kajo-Keji Christian College 

  •        Lainya Vocational Training Institute

  • Lui Health Institute

  • Renk Theological College

  • St John's College of Theology & Development, Wau



       In addition, there were representatives from the Provincial office of the ECSS, the University of Juba, Windle Trust, FinnChurchAid and the TEU Project Management Board.  The full report of the workshop can be found here, and the list of participants here.

The Workshop agreed a Core Curriculum for the first year of its degree programmes, decided on a phased approach to launching the university and agreed its vision, mission, objectives and values. These can be read here.

TEU Newsletter No. 3        February 2017

"Abandoning education means embracing a world of ignorance and chaos, and has long-term adverse impacts on the development and growth of our nation. In actuality, education is key to resolving our societal crises and to maintaining lasting peace."


In his third newsletter, Joseph Bilal, the Project Director argues why we must continue to pursue our goal of founding a university despite the insecurity, economic chaos and famine that threaten the nation. Read here for more.

TEU Newsletter No. 2         November 2016

This newsletter describes Joseph Bilal's journey "from sand to apple". Find out how Joseph ended up doing a PhD in the UK and what is motivating him to be the Project Manager for the Episcopal University in Juba. Click here to read the full story.

TEU Newsletter No. 1         September 2016

The situation in South Sudan is fragile, unpredictable and precarious, and has affected a number of the institutions that will be the building blocks of the Episcopal University. Rather than pressing the 'pause' button on the Episcopal University project, there is all the more reason to persevere. Read more in the first issue here.

The Episcopal University Consultation          took place in Juba | 15-16 April 2016

       The consultation gathered more than 50 delegates from all over South Sudan. The Rt Rev Justin Badi, Vice Chair of the TEU Project Management Board opened with a speech that can be read here. The purpose of the consultation was to build confidence in the future of The Episcopal University, to build collaboration to make it happen, and to build commitment to agreed actions. The starting point of its deliberations was the TEU Concept Paper available here.       



During the two days of the conference, participants shared the considerable knowledge, expertise and partnerships that they - and their colleagues - brought to the work of establishing a university. Working in small groups, delegates identified what needed to be in the curriculum of a foundation year of an undergraduate degree. They explored the priorities and complexities that need to be faced and surmounted to achieve the goal of launching a university within the next two years. Archbishop Daniel Deng Bul addressed the conference at its closing session.

"The provision of a university education is now the second phase of our journey that must start today. It requires collective effort. I therefore encourage all of us to put together our efforts to support this University, advocate for it and contribute ideas and resources for its success."


Bishop Justin Badi in his opening speech.

A full report of the conference can be found here