Health care providers such as medical doctors, pharmacists, dentists, nurses, medical technologists and administrators find themselves dealing with communities and individuals with different cultural backgrounds. They may be called upon to work in various regions of the Sudan or even abroad. They will need to develop professional skills and behaviors that help them to deal with their patients intelligently and sensitively. They have to be socially and culturally competent. The medical curriculum of Nile College includes inputs from various branches of the social sciences that help students attain ‘cultural competence’.

The Sudan, which lies in the cross roads between African and middle eastern regions, has a rich heritage and is culturally diverse. Studying Sudanese heritage and culture aims at examining one’s ‘cultural assumptions’. Identifying with one’s heritage should not make one prejudiced against any other cultures and beliefs. Such studies provide health care professionals with the necessary knowledge, attitudes, and social skills to acquire ‘cultural competence’ and the ability to interact effectively with people of different cultures. This is an essential component of ‘professionalism’, which includes ethical and professional skills and behaviours essential for all health   professions.


Educational strategy


This course consists of a series of keynote lectures delivered by eminent scholars who have contributed substantially to  Sudanese culture each in his or her field. In their persons, they are expected to provide role models through and their academic and professional excellence  would hopefully spur motivation in the minds and hearts of the young men and women of this college.


 Requirements & Assessment



Students will be expected to attend all lectures and write a one page report typewritten  in Arabic or English on each keynote lecture including their own comments and any additional material they can provide.


Students are also required to write a substantial essay on one area of Sudanese culture based on one of the lectures they attended.  The essay will include additional material and should consist of 5-10 pages typewritten text (11/2 spacing, font 14 pt)


Students are also required to visit at least three of the cultural places listed below and submit a one-page description of each. :

  • National Records Office.

  • Sudan National Museum.

  • Sudan Ethnographic Museum.

  • Institute of African and  Asian Studies. University of Khartoum.

  • Sudan Culture Centre , Omdurman.

  • Albajrawia site , Shendi, Nile valley state.

  • Karma Museum, Karma, Northern state.


Students’ assessment will be based on attendance, and quality of at least 10 essays and four one-page reports. The reports and essays should be handed in as a “portfolio” before the end of the semester .


 Lectures & Schedule


  Name Topic Date



"Course overview"




"Sudan medical heritage"




"Sources of Sudanese studies"




"Sudan social & economic history"




"Background  of Sudan conflicts"




"Sudanese literature".




"The arts in life"




"Sudan ancient history& archaeology".




"Modern history of the Sudan".




Topic to be announce




"Sudan environment"




"Sudan languages"




"Sudan Cultural Diversity"





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