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Chancellor's Message

 Hello and welcome. In the Name of the Almighty Allah, we are pleased to announce the first step towards establishing the University of Gedo in the city of Bardhere of southern Somalia. This establishment is intended to grow, expand and continue.  The curriculum design and physical structure in the blueprint at University of Gedo is complete and modern in its concepts as well as structure.  The University of Gedo planning and building project is the result of a long journey of communality consultation and mobilization, fundraising activities, round-table, focus group and panel discussions, volunteerism, advocacy and activism. This is a sole community owned, funded and driven- initiative. It would have been impossible for the realization of this academic institution without the Will of Allah and the generous contributions of Somali communities both inside and abroad in terms of time, commitment, resources and energy.  We are grateful to them.

University of Gedo is a private-public higher educational institution which consists of facilities, institutes, schools, and centers as its integral parts. The University has a bicameral system of governance-with the Board of Trustee as the governing body and the Senate as the academic and the administrative body.   The Board of Trustee is responsible for the direction, policy-making and all operational aspects of the university. The board sets the university budget, fees, hires faculty, and administrators.  The Academic Council is responsible for managing and coordinating the effective delivery of academic programs of the University.  

University offers a variety of bachelor's, diploma and certificate programs -- specializing in Languages, numeracy and preparatory courses; Community Development; Vocational training; Human Resources Management; Environmental Management and Conservation; Public Health; Nursing; Sustainable Agriculture; Business Studies; Sharia and Law;  Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry; Pharmacy and lab technician; Information Technology, Education;  and Engraining.  Our flexible schedule of lecture is uniquely suited for all individuals. Our programs are respected, innovative, accessible and affordable. Here you will find excellence in the breadth and quality of our academic degree programs, and in the highly talented faculty who will help mold you into a critical thinker. Here you will find a metropolitan setting that places you in the heart of a dynamic, regional economy, and in sync with the pulse of business, government and the community.

Excellence, opportunity and energy: You will find all three at The University of Gedo.

Why Establish the University of Gedo?


One of the most devastating effects of the Somali civil war has been the destruction of schools and the loss of human resources.

 

The entire education system including property and curriculum were completely destroyed. Moreover, the civil war has deprived generations of Somali children of schooling. The existing statistics suggest that only 13 percent of Somali children have access to education mostly primary education. Forty-five percent of Somalis are under age of fourteen. Consequently, in the next three to four years, over 3 million Somali children will enter adulthood without attending school or learning any literacy skills. This is a grim reality for Somalia and will affect the reconstruction and rebuilding of the country. In addition to the lack of educational opportunities for young people in Somalia, almost all educated people left the country to seek better life elsewhere or fled from the incessant conflict in Somalia. The combination of the collapse of the school system and the flight of educated and skilled people dramatically reduced opportunities for children to go to school. This reality predicts a frightening and gloomy future for Somalia, particularly for Somali children. If Somalia has to recover from the devastation of war, education must play an important role.

Education has three main elements:  it develops the mind; it instills civilized values in children; it prepares people for work, better life and desirable returns. In addition, the significance of post-secondary education is vital to the economic and social health of every nation.  For instance, the difference between the wealth and poverty-stricken nations is not the result of natural endowment, but that difference is due to the investment in people, in higher education, in technology, in research and in good governance.  Economically speaking, education is both public good and private good. And to this end, lack of economical development in Somalia is not as a result of scarcity of natural resources, but rather lack of human capital and well-educated workforce.  Education is both public and private good; its social engineering and social justice.  Both public and private sectors must play a role in reviving our nation’s education system

Finally, investing in public education is an investing of our nation’s future. It is the base of human security, community progress and the means to overcome poverty and fight disease. It will aim our history and destiny.  May Allah continue blessing people of Somalia who are not only endured in the phase many difficulties and challenges, but also provided education to their children in the absence of state.


Ali Malaaq Ahmed
The Chancellor, University of Gedo

 

 

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