Due to its location and cultural history the Sudan has been hosting a steady flow of groups from neighboring countries who were either in pursuit of knowledge or were on their way to perform pilgrimage. Some stayed behind either with a shaykh ( religious leader) of fleeing religious persecution which set in as a result of European colonization. Others were forced by incessant wars to seek refuge and education in the Sudan.
In 1978 a number of scholars set up the Isalmic African Institute with popular effort. The Institute began by accepting African students at the intermediate and secondary levels. But after only two years this project was stopped. Later on the Government of the Sudan revived the idea and decided to establish the Centre on wider basis and with greater facilities. It invited a number of Arab countries to contribute to this project. Six Countries responded positively. These were: Egypt,Saudi Arbia,Kuwait,Qatar,The United Arba Emirates and Moroco whose representatives formed the Centre’s board of trustees and drew a statute which was approved by the Government of the Sudan and ratifies by the founding states. The Board of Trustees became the highest authority.
The Government of the Sudan granted the centre a big plot of land and the president of the Republic gave it diplomatic immunities and privileges which helped it to develop and progress quickly. The National Salvation government ratified the previous statue.
Between 1977 and 1986 the establishment of the Islamic African Centre was accomplished and its administration and systems were settled and started to bear its fruits in the form of hundreds of graduates. The Centre could accommodate 800 students and the standard of studies were promoted to second level by setting up two university colleges. The Centre’s social and cultural activities which manifested themselves in the from of teacher training courses, youth cultural mission and graduates associations won good reputation. The Centre became the object of hope and the number of applicants increased to the extent that in an African country more than 500 applicants competed for ten scholarship awards.
The interest in the Centre’s scholarships increased and more pressure was put on it because the scholarships awards- which used to be provided by some Arab universities-stopped.
It is to be regretted that as from 1405AH the Centre suffered a financial crisis because some member states failed to pay their contributions, and the Centre’s activity was curtailed because the annual budget was reduced at the same time in which two colleges were established.
In 1411AH, and due to the great demand of African students for higher education, the Government of the Sudan issued the following decree:
1) Elevating the Islamic African Centre to University statute with the name: International University of Africa.
2) Inviting interested countries and charitable institutions to become members of the Board of Trustees.
3) Ratifying the official seat agreement between the Government of the Sudan and the University and allowing it to retain the immunities and privileges granted to the Isalmic African Centre.
4) The University was established with almost the full support of the Government of the Sudan, new faculties, institutes and centres were set up and study programmes became diversified including studies at applied science faculties. Programmes of post-graduate studies were introduced. The number of students multiplied greatly; and the University’s internal and external relations were extended resulting a unique international African university.
Site and Area:
The University is located in the South-Eastern part of Khartoum State occuping an area of 93 acres.