The senate meeting was graced by the presence of Prof. Suleiman Ahmed Gulaid, President, Amoud university. Prof. Suleiman opened the session by delivering a key note address. In attendance were Dr. Mohamed Muse Jibril, the Chairman of the senate and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Amoud University, along with Edwin O. Okech, - Dean, Faculty of Computing & ICT, AU and Secretary to the senate, Hodan Ali Khayre, - Associate Dean, Faculty of Economics & Political Science, AU, Bashar Elmi Yey, - Dean, Faculty of Business & Public Administration, AU, Mohamed A. Osman - Dean, Faculty of Agriculture & Environment, AU, Tawakal Abdi Ali – Head of Examinations Department, AU, Harun Ismail Warsame, - Dean, Freshman Department, AU, Mukhtar Abdi Omar - Dean, School of Postgraduate Studies and Research (AUSPGSR), Eng. Abdikarim Idiris Nour, - Dean, Faculty of Engineering, AU ad Abdirahman Ahmed Muhumed, - Dean, Faculty of Education, AU and Abdisamad Egeh Habaneh, Dean, Office of Students Affairs (OSA), Amoud University.
Prof. Suleiman showered Dr. Mohamed Muse Jibril with accolades, for the good work which had been done by the academic division of Amoud University not only during the just concluded first semester September 2020/ January 2021 but extending further into the very recent past, since the appointment of Dr. Mohamed into his current role as vice president, academic affairs, Amoud University. He appreciated the excellent and unique educational management skills which had been exhibited by Dr. Mohamed and further commended the deans of various faculties and schools for the hard work, high level co-operation, and team spirit displayed by all of them, which in his view had led to exponential growth in numbers of new admissions and most significantly resulted into overall very highly improved academic standards of teaching and learning at the university in the recent years. He appreciated the vice president for having revolutionized how faculties and schools are run. The academic unit had been able to achieve a lot, he said.
Commenting further, Prof Suleiman noted with concern that though the academic unit had performed wonderfully well lately, there seemed to be a leakage in the links between academic unit and students, and other supporting units, thereby creating coordination and communication gaps which needed to be filled. He also acknowledged all deans' efforts, alongside Dr. Willis Oso Yuko, Director of Academic Affairs, Amoud University's contributions towards the curriculum review exercise which was almost being concluded and took notice of programmes which were at various stages of curriculum review. In earnest he said, service delivery had greatly improved under the new leadership of Dr. Mohamed Muse Jibril. Examinations had been very well streamlined, with standards being set very high and followed by each and every academic unit in good conformity with a view to overall increased quality of education to the benefit of the student population.
On teaching methodology, the president noted that more needed to be done because most members of the teaching staff were very highly qualified and skilled in their areas of specialization, but were not trained in education principles and methodologies. This implied that teaching staff when untrained may know what to teach but not how to teach it in contrast, trained teachers, who are the ideal lecturers by profession, know what to teach and also how to teach the subject matter.
In view of this reality, the president promised to look into possible long term solutions for solving this mismatch. There ought to be arrangements for teacher training in education for all lecturers teaching at Amoud University in future, he stated. Education is both an art and a science, he added. It makes our teaching job easier and more meaningful as lecturers as it impacts in us knowledge in such relevant skills as measurement and evaluation - objectives, methodology and analysis. The Basic priciples of testing and education were therefore vital skills which if lacking in lecturers' competency and skills would not be very good for Amoud University.
He further noted the fact that non permanent members of Amoud University were so many but the university may not have their loyalty due to their freedom and ability to choose to teach various courses among several other institutions located in Borama and beyond, other than Amoud University. For permanent members of staff, they were akin to the team that owns the university only in trust, on behalf of the community that has entrusted it to them and must therefore adhere to all its policies and principles. To the deans, he urged all of them that there needed to be maintained a basic normal graph of changes or progress, for example in policy implementation such as hiring or firing of staff or new requirements on educational policies, so as to maintain a level of continuity and to minimize costs created by any abrupt incumbent disruptions or changes.
Amoud university is fairly a successful brand, but it is not fool-safe, Prof. Suleiman observed. There is competition from other new comers in university education and such other challenges, facts which Amoud university needed to be alive to. In whatever way we are doing things there is always a better way of doing it, said Prof. Suleiman. This calls for innovative thinking. Class management is a very important part of university quality and teachers are a vital part of university management system because they participate in classroom management, he opined.
Moreover, the president noted that lecturers needed to implement policies of the university, because it is through lecturers that the university can manage students and implement university policies. Once a policy has been established it has to go through all channels until it reaches classes for successful and full implementation. In conclusion, the president emphasized that the current month of March 2021 was the only time that was going to be given to lecturers to help implement university policy. If a lecturer was not going to agree to implement university policy they would have to recuse themselves from the university so as to let others who can implement the policy to do so.