Bosaso College

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Bosaso College
Established 2006
Type Private
President Abdirahman Farah Ali[1]
Location Bosaso, Puntland, Somalia
Campus Urban
Colors Blue, orange and white               

Bosaso College (BC) is a private university in Bosaso, the commercial capital of the autonomous Puntland region in northeastern Somalia. It is one of the newest colleges in the territory.


Bosaso College has its origins in the Bosaso College of Training and Computer (BCTC), a local vocational training college established in 2006 by a group of Somali intellectuals and educators in Puntland, including Abdirahman Farah Ali (Sudeysi), the university Dean.[1][2][3] Funded with assistance from the Muslim Aid (MA) international development organization, BCTC's collegiate staff is part of MA's larger group of educational programs.[2][3]

The College has a student body of more than 400 students, a number said to have risen three-fold by the 2008/2009 school year. 15 professors and tutors from the Somali community and other countries currently make up the university's teaching staff.[3]


Bosaso College aims to prepare its students for post-graduate life by providing them with the skills and knowledge required in the competitive job market. It also hopes to improve their ability to access paid employment opportunities.[2]

In addition, the university attempts to instill in its graduates leadership qualities such as self-reliance and ethical conduct.[2]


Bosaso College provides undergraduate and graduate degrees to its students. It also offers English language, distance learning and corporate training programs. In addition, the college offers certificate courses in business, English and information technology.[4]


The undergraduate program offers courses in community development, business and media, computer science, and English. The community development course is unique to Bosaso College and trains students in project management and prepares them to undertake sustainable development projects.[5]

English language study[edit]

The English language study course aims to guide students toward proficiency in English speaking, grammar, listening, reading, writing and critical thinking.[6]

Distance learning[edit]

Bosaso College's distance learning program provides students the opportunity and means to study at home through the use of interactive materials such as the internet, video, CDs and tapes.[7]

Partnered with Bircham International University and Cambridge International College, BC offers its distance learning pupils diplomas, Bachelor's degrees, Master's degrees and Ph.D. in various subjects.[7]

Bosaso College is also the sole agent of the Madrid-based Bircham International University in the wider Eastern Africa region.[7]

Certificate courses[edit]

The university offers certificate courses in business management, marketing management, purchasing and supplies management, accounting and bookkeeping, office management and secretarial studies, small business management, and English language and communication skills.[8]


All students in Somalia are eligible to apply for entrance into Bosaso College. However, prospective students must meet the following pre-requisites:[9]

  • They must have a secondary school diploma with a passing grade of at least 70%.
  • They must have obtained a good conduct certificate.
  • They must have passed the college's individual interview and admission test.


The official language of instruction at Bosaso College is English, including exams. However, in special circumstances where required, Somali may also be employed.[9]

Academic year[edit]

The academic year at the university lasts from September 1st to May 30th.[9]

Applications are to be submitted in January/February and July/August, as admissions are carried out twice a year, in August and February.[9]


Bosaso College's campus is located in Bosaso city,[10] with seven lecture rooms. Library facilities are also available to pupils and instructors alike for additional research.[3]

In addition, BC has a modern computer lab equipped with up-to-date teaching technology.[3]

The university's hall is also available for hire for seminars and conferences.[3]

Research and development[edit]

A technical college, BC actively engages in research and development activities alongside regularly teaching.[11]



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