East Africa University

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East Africa University
East Africa University (crest).jpg
DirectorDr. Adan Sheikhdon Ali (Bosaso)
Location, ,
Coordinates: 11°14′32″N 49°12′7″E / 11.24222°N 49.20194°E / 11.24222; 49.20194
ColorsBlue, red and white               
WebsiteOfficial website

East Africa University (EAU) (Arabic: جامعة شرق أفريقيا‎) is a private university in the autonomous Puntland state in northeastern Somalia. Founded in the commercial capital of Bosaso, it now has additional branches in Buhodle, Erigavo, Galdogob, Galkayo, Garowe and Qardho. The college offers courses in seven core departments, including classes for the Puntland Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation as well as legal professionals. It also operates a virtual distance learning center.


East Africa University Headquarters
East Africa University Headquarters

A former Bender Qassim University institution, East Africa University was established in 1999 in Bosaso by a group of Somali educators.[1] It began offering courses in October of the year to around 500 students.[2]

A formal foundation laying ceremony for the college's original Bosaso campus, situated about 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) from the city center,[2] was held in March 2000. It was attended by Puntland government officials, business and civil society groups, as well as many civilians.[1] The first batch of pupils completed degree requirements in February 2005 and graduated several months later, in June.[2]

EAU initially offered courses in two main areas: Arabic and Islamic studies, as well as business administration in a college set aside for the purpose. It later grew to include more intensive language courses. Additional professors were subsequently hired to accommodate the broadened syllabus.[1]

A co-ed college, EAU offers various programs and diplomas to Somalia's undergraduate students.[3]


East Africa University was initially based in the suburbs of Bosaso, situated in the far northeastern Bari province.[3] However, it has since expanded operations and opened up new branches in Erigavo, Galdogob, Galkayo, Garowe and Qardho.[4] On 18 April 2012, the university opened a seventh branch in Buhodle to serve pupils from the Ayn region.[5]

On 18 March 2013, the Puntland government donated land in Garowe to facilitate the institution's growth in the administrative capital.[6]

Programs and degrees[edit]

As of 2013, the university's Bosaso campus focuses on business and social sciences.[3] Its Galkayo branch concentrates on computer science and engineering, in addition to health science.[7]

Three, four or five year bachelor degrees are presented to all undergraduate students upon successful completion of course requirements.[3] The Higher Institute of Health Science on the Galkayo campus likewise offers two-year general nursing and medical laboratory diplomas.[7]

In order to develop the capacity of the Puntland government's statistics department, the university also provides short courses for the Puntland Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation. These classes are structured along three phases, each held during the afternoon over a period of four months.[4]

Additionally, the institution offers short courses earmarked for legal professionals.[4]


EAU's Galkayo campus, one of its three branches in Puntland.
Alternate entrance to East Africa University's Bosaso campus.

EAU provides bachelor's degree courses in nine undergraduate faculties. These departments include:[8]

Core faculties
  • Faculty of Business Administration
  • Faculty of Shariah and Islamic Studies
  • Faculty of Computer Science
  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Medicone
  • Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Faculty of Economics
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Engineering
  • Faculty of Veterinary
  • Faculty of Community Development
Academic programmes
  • Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Sharia and Islamic Studies
  • Bachelor of Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Education
  • Bachelor of Economics
  • Bachelor of Engineering
  • Bachelor of Veterinary
  • Bachelor of Community Development
  • Bachelor of Medicine
Galkacyo campus
  • Faculty of Business Administration
  • Faculty of Shariah and Islamic Studies
  • Faculty of Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Community Development
  • Faculty of Health Sciences

- Nursing Department - Public Health Department - MMedical Laboratory

  • Faculty of Economics
  • Faculty of Education
    • Semester-based
    • Three-year duration
    • Four - Year Duration
    • Bachelor degree
  • Higher Institute of Languages (English - Arabic)
    • One-year duration

Virtual Distance Electronic Learning Center[edit]

Besides classroom-based education, the university offers distance learning through its Virtual Distance Electronic Learning Center (VDEL). The VDEL program aims to facilitate access to an international pool of knowledge; offer standard education through information technology; fulfil local demands in terms of education, professional courses and training; offer online classes to complete and enhance extant courses; simplify delivery of additional learning materials to undergraduate and postgraduate students; deploy institutional resources to contribute to national and communal development; make use of digital libraries; connect with other global online universities; and attract further collaborative endeavours with other international organizations.[2]


Funding for the university comes from both local and international contributors.[4]


  1. ^ a b c "East Africa University Puts its Foundation Stone in Puntland". Puntin. Retrieved 24 February 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d "East Africa University". Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Retrieved 23 March 2013.
  3. ^ a b c d "East Africa University - 4ICU". 4ICU. Retrieved 24 February 2013.
  4. ^ a b c d "A programme for improving governance, leadership and management capacity of the three health authorities in Somalia". Mannion Daniels Limited. Retrieved 20 June 2013.
  5. ^ "Buhodle Campus". East Africa University. Retrieved 19 March 2014.
  6. ^ "Somalia: Puntland government donates land to East Africa University". Garowe Online. 18 March 2013. Retrieved 23 March 2013.
  7. ^ a b "East Africa University, Galkayo". Puntland Observer. Retrieved 24 February 2013.
  8. ^ "Academics". East Africa University. Retrieved 10 March 2014.


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