Following the collapse of the Somali state in 1991 and the civil strife which followed, most educational facilities were destroyed, damaged or simply abandoned due to insecurity. Education ceased to function at all levels and the future of school-going children and youth throughout Somalia was suddenly blocked by circumstances beyond their control. Thousands of former students whose education was interrupted faced unemployment, and moreover without necessary qualifications to enter the job market. In response to this bleak situation, a group of Somali professionals from within Somaliland and the Diaspora met in 1996 and meditated on the creation of an institution of higher learning. This culminated in the establishment of Amoud University as a national community-based educational establishment. Amoud University was formally registered in 1998 as a nongovernmental, non-profit making institution. The University started with 66 students in two faculties (Education and Business Administration), and three (3) teachers, but now has 4,829 students enrolled in 15 teaching units, and Postgraduate programmes, and 312 teachers. The University is deeply rooted in the local community, and her primary support comes from the community elders, leaders, business people, concerned citizens and local non-governmental organizations. Moreover, the establishment of Amoud University is a symbol of the transition from an era of war and destruction to an era of peace and development. This has inspired other communities in Somaliland and other Somali speaking regions to create higher learning institutions along the ethos of Amoud University. The University continues to champion dissemination of knowledge through excellence and dedication. Amoud University actively participates in national development of Somaliland. The University has worked, and continues to work in close consultation with the public and private sector institutions to improve the socio-economic well-being of the national populace. Amoud University endeavors to develop the necessary human capital through continuous design of market-sensitive courses that enhance sustainable national economic growth and development; in areas that are necessary and critical to accelerated progress towards achievement of Sustainable Development Goals. In 2012, Amoud University embarked on ambitious programme and mounted postgraduate programs, the first of its kind in the history of higher education in Somaliland. From three programmes in 2012, the school now runs eleven (11) programmes in five (5) faculties.The school has also successfully started a teaching centre in Hargaisa, the main city in Somaliland. This created a positive image of the University and has had a great impact on the city and the country as a whole. Many universities that were skeptical have followed suit and mounted postgraduate programmes in various fields.
The vision of Amoud University is to be a centre of excellence in education and scholarship in the Horn of Africa, and a pioneer in
promoting understanding among cultures and communities in the region.
The mission of Amoud University is to provide quality education and training and significantly contribute to the development of potentialities
of the people of Somaliland, and enable them join in the global village.
Amoud University is a union of intellectuals dedicated to the development and well-being of the society through merging of ideas and dissemination of knowledge for the benefit of humanity.
The philosophy of Amoud University is to understand and respond to community demands and disseminate knowledge to enhance academic
enlightenment for all.