The opening senate meeting was chaired by Dr. Mohamed Muse Jibril, Vice President, Academic Affairs, Amoud University and graced by the presence of Prof. Suleiman Ahmed Gulaid, President, Amoud university, alongside Prof. Ahmed Abdillahi Boqore, senior vice president, administration and finance, Amoud University. In attendance were several deans of faculties, departments and schools alonsgide other members of Amoud family including holders of central administrative offices and support staff team. These included Hamud Barkhadle Ibrahim, Director, Administration and Finance, AU, Suleiman Hassan Ali, - Chief Registrar, AU, Mohamed Heban Awale as Director, Project Developments, AU, Edwin O. Okech, - Dean, Faculty of Computing & ICT, AU, Bashar Elmi Yey, - Dean, Faculty of Business & Public Administration, AU, Abdirizak Mahamud Osman, - Dean, Faculty of Economics & Political Science, AU, Tawakal Abdi Ali – Head of Examinations Department, AU, Harun Ismail Warsame, - Dean, Freshman Department, AU, Abdirahman Ahmed Muhumed – Dean, Faculty of Education, AU, Mohamed Abdi Osman - Dean, Faculty of Agriculture & Environment, AU, Mukhtar Ahmed Omar - Director, Quality Assurance Office, AU, Dr. Mohamed Ali Nageeye Associate Dean, Ali - Dean, Faculty of Sharia & Law, AU, Eng. Abdikarim Idiris Nour, - Dean, Faculty of Engineering, AU, Mukhtar Abdi Omar - Dean, Amoud University School of Postgraduate Studies and Research, (AUSPGSR), Abdirashid Jama - Deputy Director, Finance and Administration, AU, Abdirashid Abdillahi Soocdaal, Head of Drivers, AU and Said Nuriye Rabile, Head of transportation, logistics and support staff department, AU
Prof. Suleiman gave the keynote address in which he congratulated the senate for a good performance in the previous academic year September 2020/ July 2021 and urged them to continue striving for perfection in each of their given job areas. He further added that there were three main areas used for analyzing lecturers performance that would bring more meaning to lecture’s evaluation in the QAMS (Quality Assurance and Maintenance of Standards) report which could be considered for adoption by the office of QAMS for the next performance analysis in which they should look at lecturers' content, level of preparation (presentation) for classes and methodology of teaching. He reminded the senate that though Amoud university had set the bar very high according to academic standards in institutions of higher education, the university was no longer alone in Borama, as it used to be a few yeas ago. In this regard therefore it was better to be proactive than reactive. In the face of serious competition from other institutions of higher learning, added to the fact that some institutions were offering competing programmes using questionable modes and curriculum, it was necessary to work even harder and smarter, with more emphasis on quality of subject content, skills transfer and general academic excellence. In this sense there was need to put in even more effort while paying close attention to such other issues like entry requirements by Grade Point Average (GPA) to ensure they are as realistic as possible so as to not lose bright and well deserving students to other institutions with questionable reputation and academic discipline.
Another important point information that was passed to the members of the senate by the president was the fact that Amoud University had discussed comprehensively with the relevant authorities and agreed in principle to post only the well vetted, mature and very well experienced members of the police force for security jobs at the various university facilities and premises so as to protect all human life including those of Amoud university family, its guests and property using utmost good fairness and justice approach. Prof. Suleiman urged the senate to encourage both students and staff to go for vaccination against covid 19 so that they could get protection from covid 19 pandemic. In conclusion the president urged all deans of faculties to not only utilize the university lecturers in the teaching and learning process but also instill in them the sense of their being mentors and role models for the students and this they should participate jointly as team with the faculty management in administration and management of students as the first level authorities with whom students interact in classrooms and teaching halls. The university grows or dies at the classroom, not in the administration offices, and this underscores the level of importance attached to the lecturers by the university, said Prof. Suleiman. Lecturers are the central unit for growth and development of the university, and therefore they must be proactive, he concluded.
Prof A. A. Boqore on his part challenged the faculties located at the main campus and in down town Borama to emulate the good levels of students discipline, maintained at the Amoud University College of Health Sciences (AUCHS), and try to catch up with them with regard to this particular strength of theirs.
Among the other issues discussed were final full year report on faculty performance in academic year September 2020/ July 2021 from office of Quality Assurance and Maintenance of Standards, AU. In his report the director QAMS noted that there was generally a good performance from all faculties as majority students rated the performance as very good across the university, based on data collected and analyzed in the second semester of last academic year March 2021/ July 2021.
Examination Report for the final examinations for the March 2021/ July 2021 academic semester for faculties based at Amoud University was also presented by head of examinations department in which the successes and challenges realized were identified. A comprehensive report was tabled where each faculty, department or school was able to see insights into their strengths and weakness based on a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) analysis from data collected during the second semester March 2021 / July 2021 from setting of examinations, to examination preparation, printing, administration, invigilation, marking, and returning of examination results and returning of marked final examination scripts back to office. Furthermore, the bus Schedule for the new academic semester September 2021/ January 2022 was discussed and proposed review of curriculum of the freshman department also planned.