Mogadishu University

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Mogadishu University
جامعة مقديشو (Jaamacadda Muqdisho)
Motto in English
Towards Better Future
Type Non-profit Private institution
Established 1997
Rector Dr. Ibrahim Mohamed Mursal
Academic staff
11 faculties
Location Mogadishu, Somalia
Affiliations AAU

Mogadishu University (Arabic: جامعة مقديشو‎‎, Somali: Jaamacadda Muqdisho) is an accredited non-governmental university in Mogadishu, Somalia. As of 2012, it is ranked among the top 40 universities in Africa.[1]


The idea to establish a non-governmental educational institution started in June 1997, after which time it took five years to develop and open the university. It opened in September 1997 as a non-governmental, non-profit institution for higher learning, governed by a Board of Trustees and a University Council.

Mogadishu University campus

Mogadishu University has relocated its activities to its new campus on the outskirts of Mogadishu.

Dr Ali Sheikh Ahmed was the former president of the university.

The main campus in Mogadishu was initiated with the assistance of the Islamic Development Bank in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, among other donors. In 2008, Mogadishu University opened another campus in Bosaso in the northeastern Puntland state of Somalia.

The institution has been invited to join the Somali Aid Coordination Body (SACB) Educational Sector Committee. On 21 September 2004, the MU representatives Mr Fathudin Mohamed, Westley Bii and Hussein M. Iman (MU Program Director) attended the SACB Educational Sector Committee meeting in Nairobi, Kenya.

Two delegates from MU, Dr Abdurahman Moalim Abdullahi, the Chairman of Board of Trustees and Dr Abdullahi Farah Asseyr, MD, Adviser of the President and Head of Health Affairs at MU, paid a 10-day visit to Norway during which they signed a partnership agreement with the University of Tromsø.


The university accepts students who have graduated from secondary schools or those who have GCE equivalent certificates. Before enrollment, students sit for qualifying examinations. If they pass, they proceed to enroll in their program of study.


University institutes and centers are:

  • The Institute for Somali Studies (ISOS),
  • The Institute of Languages,
  • The Somali Center for Water and Environment,
  • The Center for Community Services and Continuing Education.

MU offers post-graduate programs in conjunction with the Omdurman Islamic University in Sudan, Malaysia Open University and Asian e-University.

The university has nine faculties, which award BA and B.Sc degrees. The university's faculties are:

  • Faculty of Economics & Management Sciences
  • Faculty of Medicine
  • Faculty of Nursing and Health Sciences
  • Faculty of Share'a and Law
  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Engineering
  • Faculty of Computer Science & Information Technology
  • Faculty of Political Sciences & Information
  • Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences
  • Faculty of Medicine & Surgery


As of 2012, Mogadishu University has accreditation with the Board of the Intergovernmental Organization EDU.[2]

Organizations memberships[edit]

1. Federation of Islamic World Universities (FIWU)[3].

2. Association of Arab Private Institutions for Higher Education.

3. Association of Arab Universities (AAU).

4. Islamic Universities League (IUL).

5. Association of African Universities.

6. International Universities Council (IUC).

7. Association of International Universities.


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