Dr. Mohamed M. Jibril, President, Amoud University (AU), delivered an inaugural speech on Thursday, November 2nd, 2022 to all Amoud University staff following his appointment as the 2nd president of Amoud University on Saturday, August 20th, 2022. Dr. Mohamed took over upon exit of Prof. Suleiman A. Gulaid, at the end of his tenure as 1st president, AU (who also graced the occasion) and is currently serving as Chancellor of AU.
In attendance were distinguished guests including Hon. Abdillahi Abdirahman Aare, Minister for Investment and Industrial Development, Somaliland; Hon. Mohamoud Hassan Sacad (Saajin), Minister for Trade and Tourism, Somaliland; Hon. Said Hassan Habaneh, Deputy Minister, Information, Culture and Awareness, Somaliland; Hajj Ahmed Misan, chairman, Board of Trustees, Amoud University; and Yaasiin Daheeye Oomane, Deputy Mayor, Borama City.
Also present were Prof. Ahmed A. Boqore, Vice President, Administration and Finance, AU; Prof. Hamud Ibrahim Barkhadleh, Vice President, Academic Affairs, AU; Prof. Mohamed M. Jama, Vice President, Public Relations & Students Affairs, AU; Dr. Said A. Walhad, Principal, Amoud College of Health Sciences; and Mr. Suleiman Hassan Ali, Chief Academic Registrar, AU, all directors, deans of faculties and schools from main campus, freshman department, school of postgraduate studies and research, and Amoud College of Health Sciences.
In his address, Dr. Mohamed gave an 11-point agenda which included breakdown of number and varied AU staff cadres. He revealed that AU had a total of 520 staff including academic staff, non academic staff, support staff, officers in administration, senior management levels and lecturers at school of postgraduate studies and research. He also highlighted the diversity of AU students population and statistics based on destination of origin where representations of countries of origin included Somaliland, Somalia, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Kenya, Tanzania, Saudi Arabia, UAE, UK and Yemen thereby showing one of the most diverse university populations in the horn of Africa region. Further, he talked about status of School of Postgraduate Studies and Research since establishment and their future plans; Transportation issues; Grand Development Projects (infrastructure); Planned Perimeter wall fencing; New administration and management changes; Research and community development; Establishment of digital library; Ongoing review of Strategic Plan; Internal and external relations between AU and other universities; and Academic and related matters. Significantly the president revealed that lecturers with a first degree qualification would be phased out within the next three years and further that many human resource policy changes would happen including implementation of university staffing policy to match Somaliland National Commission for Higher Education and international quality assurance standards so that staff may grow from one rank to another such as assistant lecturer, senior lecturer, associate professor and full professor based on level of education, publications, experience and other parameters determined by the policy. Other plans which were underway included absorption of temporary lecturers into the system to take up full time lecturer roles, he stated. The president additionally noted that apart from academic and staffing policy, about 21 policy documents had been written since 2018 and were in various stages of implementation.
With regards to the task at hand which was the perimeter wall fencing project of Amoud University, the president informed the public of appointment of Prof. Suleiman A. Gulaid, Chancellor, AU as chairperson, with other members of that team including by Prof. Mohamed M. Jama, Vice President, Students Affairs, Public Relations and Community Outreach, AU; Dr. Said A. Walhad, Principal, Amoud College of Health Sciences; Abdisamad E. Habaneh, Director, Alumni relations, AU; Abdirashid J. Mohamed, Director, Finance, AU; Abdalle A. Yusuf, Director, Media and Communication, AU and Eng. Abdikarim I. Nour, Dean, Faculty of Engineering, AU.
Prof. Suleiman A. Gulaid, Chancellor, AU congratulated outgoing Amoud staff for setting a baseline for the new Amoud staff to grow. He commended all staff for the commitment to deliver services from lower level, middle level to upper level, including teaching and non teaching staff throughout the years who have made Amoud an enviable success story and a household name. He stressed on the point that success of any higher education institution is based almost entirely on its human resource. He promised that his team will seek to raise funds from all stakeholders including staff, alumni, friends and partners of Amoud University led by Amoud Foundation, local and international community, by taking advantage of the brand name it has built.
Hon. Mohamoud Hassan Sacad (Saajin), Minister of Trade and Tourism, Somaliland in his speech was grateful to Amoud University for setting high standards that all universities in the region were aiming to reach. Amoud contributes a lot to the community by employing 520 staff which was quite immense. He also urged the youth to come out and register as voters in the planned upcoming voter registration exercise to be conducted soon in Somaliland so that they can influence their destiny and the direction of the country and other matters like economic development.
Hon. Abdillahi Abdirahman Aare, Minister for Investment and Industrial Development, Somaliland, also a former staff of Amoud University remembered his time as director of Human Resource Management at AU where he introduced the HRM policy during his tenure for the first time and further urged the administration to consider accelerating the full implementation of the HR/staffing policy as envisaged by the president for the benefit of its staff. Leadership is very important, and a good leader leads by example, he said. Amoud University should increase efforts on research because universities are created for generation of new knowledge, he stated. In this aspect he urged AU to focus more on publication of the abstracts of graduating students Masters theses and focus also on quality assurance matters.
Hon. Said Hassan Habaneh, Deputy Minister, Information, Culture and Awareness, Somaliland, also had a few minutes to address the gathering alongside the witty Hon. Yaasiin Daheeye Oomane, Deputy Mayor, Borama City who spoke last before conclusion of the day’s speeches by Hajj Ahmed Misan, chairman, Board of Trustees, Amoud University.