- Friday, 11 October 2013
Read this captivating story from Khadija A. Sheikh, an alumnus of Amoud University http://somalilandpress.com/somaliland-experiencing-amoud-34761 about Amoud University!!!
More readings about Amoud Amoud University history and background can also be found on the article called "In a breakaway region of war-torn Somalia, a new university takes root" from Somaliland Space, an online journal, and another article entitled "Restoration of Peace and Hope: The Amoud Initiative – By. Abdirahman Adan Mohamoud" from Weedhsan also an online journal.
Following the collapse of the Somali state and the civil strife which followed, most educational facilities were destroyed, damaged or simply abandoned as a result of insecurity. Education ceased to function at all levels causing school-going children and youth throughout Somalia to see their future suddenly blocked by circumstances beyond their control.
Thousands of former students whose education was interrupted face unemployment with no possibility of obtaining qualifications to enter the job market.
In response to this bleak situation, a group of Somali professionals from within Somaliland and the Diaspora began discussions in 1996 relating to the creation of an institute of higher learning. This culminated in the establishment of Amoud University as a national community-based educational establishment.
Amoud University (AU) was formally launched in 1998 and is registered as a non-governmental, non-profit making institution. Amoud is an institute which is deeply rooted in the local community as the primary support for the establishment of Amoud came from the community elders, leaders, business people, concerned citizens and local non-governmental organizations.
Moreover, the establishment of Amoud University is seen as symbolic of the transition from an era of war and destruction to an era of peace and development and inspired other Communities not only in Somaliland but also other parts of Somalia to create higher learning institutions along the lines of Amoud University.
Amoud University started in 1998 with 66 students in two Faculties (Education and Business Administration), and 3 teachers. The University currently has a student population of 4303(source: Office of The Chief Registrar, Amoud University, Academic Year Period 2014/2015) enrolled in 14 Faculties and/or Schools excluding Department of Fresman Studies, 218 teaching staff and a large library, well stocked with latest books. In fact the new library which was under construction last academic year 2014/2015 was successfully completed on schedule for by the start of the new academic year which started September 15th, 2015.
The first batch of Medical graduates came out in June 2007 and their final exams were supervised by King's College of London, United Kingdom, which provides the curriculum and teaching assistance to the Amoud University College of Health Sciences.
In 2003, Amoud University signed a project agreement with the EC/DANIDA/CfBT for teacher training at the Faculty of Education. The two years Diploma Education Programme is funded by EC and DANIDA through UNESCO and CfBT. Currently the university consists of thirteen faculties which variably offer Masters Degrees, Bachelor degrees, two years diploma and certificate programs. Amoud University is well on course to introduce its PhD programme soon.
They are shown in the following table:-
|Faculties/ schools/ Departments||Male||Female||Total|
|Department of Freshman Studies||890||483||1373|
|Faculty of Sharia and Law||458||54||512|
|Faculty of Agriculture and Environement||232||209||441|
|Faculty of Engineering||144||100||244|
|Faculty of Computing and ICT||218||12||230|
|Faculty of Education||163||51||214|
|Faculty of Business and Public Administration||22||180||202|
|Faculty of Economics and Political Science||151||49||200|
|School of Research and Postgraduate Studies||141||39||180|
|School of Medicine||96||29||125|
|School of Pharmacology||181||51||232|
|School of Dentistry||40||38||78|
|School of Nursing||66||27||93|
|School of Public Health||77||27||104|
|School of Medical Laboratory Technology||47||28||75|
Source: Office of The Registrar, Amoud University [January 8th, 2015]
Main Campus, Amoud University[Amoud Valley, Borama]:
- Faculty of Agriculture and Environment
- Faculty of Business and Public Administration
- Faculty of Computing and ICT
- Faculty of Economics and Political Science
- Faculty of Education
- Faculty of Engineering
Town Campus, Amoud University[Borama Town]:
- Faculty of Sharia and Law
- Freshman Department
- School of Postgraduate Studies and Research(SPGSR)
College of Health Sciences, Amoud University[Borama Town]
- School of Medicine and Surgery
- School of Nursing and Midwifery
- School of Public Health
- School of Dentistry
- School of Medical Laboratory Technology
- School of Pharmacology
All Students must go through Freshman Department, for their First Academic Year where they undertake General Requirement and Common courses before specializing in Sophomore(second year) Academic within particular Faculties or Schools. Each faculty or School formulates its own Academic program within the general regulation of the university and enjoys considerable amount of freedom over its internal affairs, including recommendations for the selection of faculty members. Amoud University will continue to lead in dissemination of Education through excellence and dedication.
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