The workshop was organized by the Academic Affairs Office, and was scheduled to take place for two (2) days starting Wednesday, May 19th, 2021 and ending Thursday, May 20th, 2021 the training will then focus on Examinations Setting, using Amoud University Examination Policy and Related Matters (2018) as the basis. The main objective of the workshop was to train members of the academic division including deans of faculties, associate deans, research assistants and directors of various academic central offices on the general principles and practices of examinations setting. The seminar was intended for participants to share their experiences, knowledge and skills in setting examinations. The facilitators for the training included Dr. Oso Willis Yuko – Senior Advisor to VPAA & Secretary to Management, AU and Tawakal Abdi Ali, – Head of Examinations Department, AU.
In total there were 36 participants who attended the opening session including various deans of faculties from the main campuses including Freshman Department and Faculty of Sharia and Law, Faculty members from Amoud College of Health Sciences (ACHS) and Faculty members from Amoud University School of Postgraduate Studies and Research (AUSPGSR). In addition there were various staff drawn from Central Examinations Office, and research assistants of Amoud University. The moderator for the event was Hassan Abdirahman Elmi, Director, Protocol and University Events, Amoud University.
In his remarks Dr. Mohamed M. Jibril highlighted the fact that there were nine (9) universities in Borama City, approximately twenty nine (29) other universities in Hargeisa, which were all in competition with Amoud University for attention and registration the same students graduating from high schools from all over Somaliland and beyond for both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. Moreover, he pointed out that there were strong universities which existed before but had since fallen along the way because of the way they were doing things. Amoud University on the other hand had not only survived but had actually grown from strength to strength because of the way of do things.
Amoud is predictable, and transparent, he said. Discipline was also paramount and a core element of the success experienced so far. In addition, he said that initially students thought that Amoud was very strict but later on students appreciated the quality that comes with all the strict academic guidelines that Amoud University insisted on following which had borne fruits as shown in the increased enrollments in both undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes and the continued attraction of new students. He therefore encouraged all participants, especially deans of faculties and schools to ensure the skills and knowledge shared during the training workshop is trickled down to faculties and lecturers within programmes run within their academic units.