Amoud University

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Amoud University
Jaamacada Camuud
MottoA vehicle for peace of development.
PresidentSuleiman Ahmed Guleid
Vice-presidentAbdillahi Ahmed Shirdon (Administration and Finance)
Mohamed Mahamud Jama (Public Relations and Extra Curricular)
Omar Ali Abdillahi (Academic Affairs)
Academic staff
Students4031 (2013/2014)
Undergraduates3909 (2013/2014)
Postgraduates122 (2013/2014)
CampusMain Campus located Amoud valley Borama city
Colors         Green and white
Sporting affiliations
Football, Olympics
WebsiteAmoud University

Amoud University (Somali: Jaamacada Camuud), abbreviated to AU, is a comprehensive public university, located in the city of, Borama in the northern of Somaliland.[1]

The university started in 1998 with 66 students in two faculties (Education and Business Administration), and three teachers. It has a student population of 4031[2] enrolled in 13 faculties, 218 teaching staff.

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.[3]

Academic year[edit]

The university operates according to a semester system, and the academic year begins in September and ends in July. There is a brief one-month break after the first semester, and two months of holiday at the end of the academic year.

Undergraduates and staff[edit]

As of 2012, Amoud University has a student population of 4,000, and includes pupils from all Somali-speaking territories. The college's teaching staff stands at 238 instructors.

Faculties and curricula[edit]

As of 2014, the university consists of eleven faculties/schools offering postgraduate degrees, bachelor's degrees, as well as two-year diploma and certificate programs. Each faculty or school formulates its academic program within the university's general regulations.


The idea for Amoud University came from four intellectuals working in the Gulf in 1994 and was formally proposed in a workshop held in Borama on August 6, 1996. The workshop agreed to the proposal and adopted a resolution for the establishment of the university by 1997.

Amoud University started its first admission examination on September 1997 and selected 66 students to undergo a nine-month intensive English course. The university commenced its undergraduate program on 4 November 1998 and admitted the first freshman class.

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.

In 2003, Amoud University signed a project agreement with the EC/DANIDA/CfBT for teacher training in the Education department. The two-year Diploma Education Program is funded by EC and DANIDA through UNESCO and CfBT.


The university consists of thirteen faculties which offer master's degrees, Bachelor's degrees, two years diploma and certificate programs:

Student population for the 2013/2014 academic year
Faculties/schools/departments Male Female Total
Department of Freshman Studies 760 323 1083
Faculty of Sharia and Law 131 27 158
Faculty of Agriculture and Environment 168 50 218
Faculty of Engineering 175 9 184
Faculty of Computing and ICT 159 64 223
Faculty of Education 608 156 764
Faculty of Business and Public Administration 315 155 470
Faculty of Economics and Political Science 160 29 199
School of Research and Postgraduate Studies 93 39 122
School of Medicine 135 48 183
School of Pharmacology 45 17 62
School of Dentistry 56 25 81
School of Nursing 32 115 147
School of Public Health 57 12 69
School of Medical Laboratory Technology 48 20 68
Total 2942 1089 4031
Percentage 73.0% 27.0% 100.0%

Buffalo city College[edit]

Amoud Valley[edit]

The university main campus is located in Amoud Valley which is located 4.5 kilometers east of Borama, Somaliland, on the grounds of the former Amoud Secondary School which was established in 1952.

The faculties on the campus are as follows:

College of Health Science[edit]

The College of Health Science is situated in Borama town, west of Rays Hotel and next to the Allaale Hospital, where medical students perform their practical sessions.

The faculties on the campus are as follows:-


Admission to the university is based on competitive examination. Candidates who have obtained an adequate passing grade in their secondary school exit tests are eligible for the admission examination that is held each July. Candidates from abroad who have matriculated under different educational systems are evaluated by the Admissions Committee on a case-by-case basis.


Agriculture and environment[edit]

The faculty has microbiology, biochemistry and soil labs. The library of the faculty holds text books on almost all the subjects of agriculture.[4]

Business and public administration[edit]

The Faculty of Business and Public Administration is one of the thirteen faculties of Amoud University. It is located at Amoud Valley, the university's main campus.The Faculty of Business and Public Administration along with the Faculty of Education was the first two faculties inaugurated on Nov 4th, 1998.

The faculty offers the following programs

  • Degree of Business Administration (stream Management and Accounting)
  • Degree in Public Administration
  • Degree in Project Management
  • Diploma in Business Administration
  • Diploma in Project Management

Local applicants who seek admission to Faculty of Business and Public Administration must pass the General Secondary School Leaving Examination conducted by the Somaliland Ministry of Education.

If there are more applicants than available vacancies, students with high grades will be given priority. Applicants who hold Secondary Education Certificates from recognized institutions in other countries will have their certificates evaluated and approved by the Academic Committee.

Graduation requirements[edit]

The credit hour per semester forms the basis of awarding a degree at the university. In order to be eligible for a degree, a student must earn successfully a minimum of 124 credit hours with an overall GPA (grade point average) of at least 2:00 and 2.5 for his major area either management or accounting at the moment on a 4-point scale. In addition, he/she must also pass Amoud Comprehensive Exam (ACE) for his major. That is, he/she must earn a minimum of GPA: 2.00 (overall), 2.5 (major area) and a pass grade for the ACE.[5]

Computing and ICT[edit]


This faculty offers two programmes: the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, which is offered in the Information and Communication Technology department, and Bachelor of Business Information Technology, a joint collaborative programme offered in partnership with faculty of Business and Public Administration.

Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BSC IT)[edit]

The next intake was at the start of the new academic year which commenced on September 15, 2014. Its pioneer students graduated in August 2012. r.

Bachelor of Business Information Technology (BBIT)[edit]

The programme was launched in September 15, 2012. The pioneer students for the programme are in their sophomore year. The department’s office is located at the faculty of Computing and ICT. There are regular joint consultations between the faculty and the Faculty of Business and Public Administration, Amoud University, regarding the curriculum, teaching and routine running.


The Faculty of Education was established in 1998 with the aim of producing qualified teachers and educationists. The faculty started with three lecturers and ten students. Now it is the largest faculty of the university and hosts 60 lecturers and 800 students.

The faculty has five departments: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Social Studies and Languages.

Economics & Political Science[edit]

Faculty of Economics and Political Science (FEPS) was established on Nov 4th, 1998, but due to growth and extension of the university FEPS was inaugurated as a separate Faculty of Economic & Political Science on Oct 23rd, 2012.


  • Bachelor's degree in Economics
  • Bachelor's degree in Political Science

Applicants within Somaliland who seek admission to the Economics and Political Faculties must pass the General Secondary School Leaving Examination conducted by the Somaliland Ministry of Education. In addition, they must have a GPA of at least 2.00 in their freshman class at Amoud University. Applicants outside Somalind must have a GCSE certificate from a recognized institution, and must have a GPA of not less than 2.00 in their freshman class here in Amoud University.

Graduation requirements[edit]

  • The credit hour per semester forms the basis of awarding a degree at the university.
  • In order to be eligible for a degree, a student must earn successfully a minimum of 124 credit hours with an overall GPA {Grade Point Average} of at least 2:00 and 2.5 for his major area.
  • In addition, they must also pass Amoud Comprehensive Exam (ACE) for his major.

That is, they must:-

  • Earn a minimum of GPA: 2.00 (overall)
  • Obtain a minimum of GPA: 2.5 (major area)
  • Obtain a Pass Grade (Amoud Comprehensive Examination)

Sharia and Law[edit]

The faculty of Sharia and Law was established in 2006


The students who graduate from the faculty will be full engineers after four years graduation. The faculty opened on 15 September 2009.


  • Surfing instruments, electronic and manual
  • Drawing special lab (for each student)
  • Electrical installation lab.



  1. ^ Amoud University - Profile
  2. ^ source: Office of The Chief Registrar, Amoud University, academic year 2013/2014
  3. ^ Amoud University [1] Amoud University
  4. ^ Amoud university, Agriculture
  5. ^ Amoud university, Agriculture
  6. ^ Faculty of Engineering, Amoud University

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