The Faculty of Medicine University of Gezira (FMUG) was established in 1975. The main philosophy was to serve the rural community of El Gezira area, which compromises the largest irrigated scheme in the Sudan.
The school adopted a community oriented, community based, problem solving and integrated curriculum so as to achieve its main three objectives: student training, research and service. The student intake started in 1978. The graduation of the first batch was in 1983. Now the school is graduating the batch number 30 (2013) and has already taken batch number 35.
The EDC started together with the start of the school in 1978. At that time it has no physical space, but it was functioning mainly in the aspect of student self-learning and staff development through regular and formal training in medical education in addition to curriculum development, regular intensive faculty board meetings and educational materials development. In 1980 it was a section in the library with a medical photographic facilities added and it had a co-ordinator, Professor Mohamed Awadalla Salih. In 1987 it became the Medical Education and health manpower development centre and it had its first physical site. In 1993 it became the medical education development and research centre, and moved to a bigger building. In 1995 the EDC Gezira was considered a national center and was designated as a WHO collaborating centre in May 1996. In 1998 the EDC moved to a new building which include a theater, meeting room, library, self-learning areas, educational materials section, processing laboratory, studio, designing and binding, counter and information section and administrative offices.
The Faculty of Medicine University of Gezira has got strong links, through the EDC with many partners: Federal Ministry of Health , State Ministry of Health, International Health Office, WHO, other medical schools in the Sudan, other faculties in the University of Gezira, international health science institutes, the (TUFH) Network: Towards Unity For Health; community partnership for health through innovative medical education, research and service, EDC Khartoum, Centre for educational development for health professionals – Jordan Suez Canal University, Regional chapter (EMR) of the Network and University of Dundee.
The number of faculties with interest in innovative medical education is increasing. A the time being there are 26 medical schools in the Sudan. Most of them adopted the strategies of FMUG. New ideas and opinions came up due to increased awareness in medical education. There is increasing number of students due to the increase in these schools intake every year. Decentralization of health services is now well established in the Sudan, and hence there is extra need for strong partnerships between education, health services and the community. The Faculty of Medicine, University of Gezira continues to be a successful model .