Present were, Prof. Suleiman Ahmed Gulaid, President, Amoud University, who was the Chief guest during the event. Also present were Prof. Ahmed Abdillahi Boqore, Senior Vice President, Administration and Finance, Amoud University and Dr. Mohamed Muse Jibril – Vice President, Academic Affairs, Amoud University. The Master of ceremony was Hassan Rabiye, Director of Protocol, Amoud University. The PGDE programme was designed and mounted by the academic division through AUSPGSR. The PGDE is a one year programme designed to improve the teaching capacity of Amoud University lecturers who were not initially trained as teachers. Its main objective is to turn the qualified but untrained teaching staff of the university into competent teachers who are properly equipped with the knowledge and skills required for delivering more effective teaching sessions. Initially the programme will benefit approximately 50 participants drawn largely from the regular staff of Amoud University but in the second phase comprising another batch of 50 students it will benefit part time staff too.
The participants in the programme are scheduled to take seven (7) courses which would be covered consecutively covering one unit at a time before starting the other unit. Each course unit would be covered in six (6) lecture hours broken into two (2) days of three (3) lecture hours each per week, covering a total of six (6) weeks. The tuition fee for the programme is fifty (50) United States Dollars (USD) per semester. The full programme duration is one academic year of two (2) semesters.
The course units to be covered in the programme are:-
1. Principles of Education
2. Educational Psychology
3. Teaching Methodology
4. Educational Technology
5. Test, measurement and evaluation of instruction
6. Academic programmes management
7. Research Methods in education.
The programme shall have three (3) courses in semester I and four (4) courses in semester II. This diploma programme is intended in future to be a prerequisite for all staff who will apply to teach at Amoud university. In the first batch of training, the programme will mostly benefit members of staff who are also members of administrative staff of Amoud University. The Dean, AUSPGSR, gave a brief speech explaining the value that this programme would add to the teaching fraternity of Amoud University. The training would take a modular approach whereby at the end of each module there would be an assessment test. Dr. Oso on his part appreciated the steps taken to enroll the staff first into the programme and further congratulated the staff who had been enrolled for the programme and for taking the chance and opportunity to learn the art and science of teaching.
Dr. Mohamed expounded on various approaches of management, taking cognizance of task oriented approach to management and people oriented approach to management wherein he explained the reason for Amoud university taking a people oriented approach to management by training its lecturers and growing their academic portfolio. Prof. Boqore revisited the never ending debate on teachers either being made or created according to the various schools of thought. A thought that has had several research papers written about in the world. In essence he concluded, at the moment all over the world it has been agreed as a standard practice that no matter one's technical expertise, there was need for training in basic tenets of education. He expressed his excitement on the launch of the programme and welcomed those who would be trained into joining the noble teaching profession.
Prof. Suleiman in his key note address gave a brief insight into what psychology entails and why it was very important and core requirement for Amoud University teachers/ lecturers to be formally trained. "There was need for constant and continuous Professional growth, because we learn in the process of doing", he pined. The programme he said, among other benefits would come in handy in in imparting skills in lectures such as lesson reparation, presentation, professional rules, principles and best practices of education which would add great value to the quality of teaching among the lecturers of the university. Amoud university had to set the trend as it has always done so that other institutions of higher learning may follow the pace set and eventually raise the bar in the entire Somaliland higher education sector.