Technology In Sudan
IN THE FIELDS OF INFORMATION PROCESSING AND MEDIA, MEDICINE, CONSTRUCTION, EDUCATION, AND TRANSPORT, STATE of the art technology can be found in elite locations. The petroleum industry makes use of the latest prospecting technology. In the medical field, there are several private Magnetic Resonance Imagining (MRI) diagnosis centers in Khartoum and Ibn KhaldounHospital performs laser technology surgery. The Government announced in 2002 that it was pursuing comprehensive e-governance, meaning that the entire administrative and planning system would be gradually adapted to the latest digital technology. In the transport sector, Giad Industrial City assembles the latest saloon cars from Korea and Renault trucks.
Telecommunications is where the latest technology reaches the largest portion of Sudanese. Also, Sudanese privileged to work for leading industrial establishments are exposed to state of the art industry technology.
Research & Development does not yet play a major role in Sudanese industry, as in more economically
advanced countries, but the emergence of research institutes in academia focused on technologies that have commercial as well as social value indicates that the conventional contemporary African strategy of aligning
academic research to industrial progress goals is being pursued. There is a wide range of research institutes in
Sudan. There is an atomic energy commission,which in keeping with Sudan’s commitment to non-nuclear proliferation treaties is focused on nuclear energy’s utility in solving certain economic development problems.
There are continually new and ongoing research projects in the various aspects of health and nutrition,animal
care and production, agriculture, and industry. For example, Sudan University of Science & Technology has a research oriented department for leather, petrochemicals, and textiles, although it is still nascent. SUST also
has a department of laser technology research. Medical research substantially involves medicinal plants; but the unconventional healing for diseases such as breast cancer and diabetes still lies mainly in the mystical domains of traditional healers.
Sudanese elites are aware of and interested in the latest technological developments in all fields. This is clearly demonstrated by both the scientific research activity and the scope of available new technology. The Ministry of Science & Technology holds the administrative umbrella under which the country’s major research institutions operate. The National Research Center has a number of subsidiary institutions dedicated to areas of research considered most important to Sudan. Presently, these include:
– Tropical Medicine Research Institute
-Medical & Aromatic Plants Research Institute
– Environmental Research Institute
– Central Veterinary Research & Laboratory Center in Soba
– El Ghazala Awazat Livestock Research
– Wildlife Research Center
– Horticulture Administration
– National Remote Sensing Center
– Sudan Atomic Energy Commission
There is close collaboration between the Ministry of Science & Technology and Ministry of Higher Education & Scientific Research, with the latter participating in the Islamization of Knowledge project spearheaded in the early
1980s by the Washington D.C. based International Institute of Islamic Thought. The philosophical view of Sudan’s Science & Technology policy making and implementation bodies fundamentally coincides with Einstein’s unified
theory of the universe hypothesis, but places emphasis on the essentially and absoluteness of God, and the infinite opportunities for human progress and development inherent in the cosmic design.
From the prominent place that the Ministry of Science & Technology and Ministry of Higher Education & Scientific Research hold in the country’s professional sphere, it is obvious that the official philosophical outlook on scientific
and technological progress provides a dynamic motivation to pursue practical achievements.
Sudan has a noteworthy community of scientists and technology experts abroad and although there is communication and cooperation between them and their compatriots at home, if Sudan can finally arrive
at a modern and stable democracy, it could be one of Africa’s and the Arab World’s pacesetters in the domain of Science & Technology.