At its inception in 1991, the Interactive University (IU) heralded a new era of technological studies at tertiary level in Sudan. Since then, the IU has established itself as a prime producer of skilled computer scientists and information technologists. These are in great demand nationally and globally owing to the tremendous advances in and applications of Information and Communication Technology (ICT). Having been approved by the Ministry of Higher Education, the IU now has noble intentions to use its position as the first Interactive University in Africa.
It aims for excellence in academics and research. This will mean more expert staff, international collaborations and building on its strengths in engineering, informatics and systems integration. The IU itself will model a sustainable, productive unit.
The IU has the right background to assist Sudan to adopt sound policies regarding emerging technologies and to be at the heart of global developments.
The IU believes that a multinational and a multicultural campus enriches students’ experiences and broadens their understanding of social and cultural diversity.
A number of foreign students from Africa, the Middle East and Asia have been given the opportunity to study here; the IU is becoming an international center for developing capacity in ICT and other informatics-related fields of study. The IU is pursuing a strategy of building its capacity by strengthening its collaborations with regional and international institutions in designing courses, conducting training programs, executing joint research projects and sharing experiences.
The IU has already established notable world wide partners such as UNESCO, EduFrance, Limkokwing, the Cousteau Society, Multimedia University of Malaysia, University of Malaya and Rio Grande University in Brazil.