Mogadishu Univer sity earns Accreditation from EDU Intergovernmental Organization.
A little known success story that runs contrary to the general perception of the troubled portion of the Horn of Africa that is Somalia, Mogadishu University has triumphed in the face of extreme adversity. Established in 1997 this institution strives to set the very best of example of African achievement, operating in the face of genuine physical dangers, uncertainty, poverty and instability to challenge and overcome the downward spiral of a failed state. Mogadishu University tackles head on many of the core problems that plague Somalia such as tribalism, reactionary thought, violence and ethnic distrust and division. Bilingualism is compulsory for all students of MU in order to prepare them to meet multitude challenges of the job market requirements. Therefore, students of different faculties have to pass additional 12 credit hours of Arabic or English language depending on their language of instruction in order to qualify for graduation. The official languages ofmu are Arabic and English. Accordingly, the medium of instructions of the university is either Arabic or English in the different programs and courses. English is the main medium of instruction for the Faculty of Economics and Management Sciences, Faculty of Computer and Information technology, Faculty of Nursing and Science departments of the faculty of Education. Arabic is the main medium of instruction for Faculty of Shari'a and Law, Faculty of Arts, The Arts Department of the Faculty of Education and Faculty of Political Science and Journalism. By working closely with a renowned Commercial Diplomat Prof. Colin Evans, Mogadishu University was able successfully pass rigorous assessment to win approval for accreditation by the Intergovernmental Organization EDU. Eduassists Schools indeveloping Countries EDU Accreditation is a simplified form of accreditation available for Schools, Colleges, Universities and other Institutions of Learning around the world who wish to prove Legal Status and Competency to Operate. It is particularly well suited to institutions in developing countries since all too often schools in developing countries are excluded from membership of foreign accreditation agencies, for the most part, due to financial constraints, or an inability to adhere to some of the complicated 'First World' policies that are so prevalent in most accreditation agency policies today. In addition to its accreditation by EDU, Mogadishu University has membership of the Association ofafrican Universities and is currently ranked 25th out ofafrica's universities.
This is a phenomenal achievement considering the background of instability and strife that has been the operating environment of this institution since its inception. Mogadishu University is dedicated to providing affordable and accessible high quality education attuned to the national values of the Somali people. Its stated mission is to instill hope in the Somali society impaired by the collapsed state institutions and civil war, and revitalize communitybased initiatives; To educate and nurture creative generations committed to peace, good governance and community services; To encourage intellectual and scholarly developments, foster openness to a wide range of ideas; To integrate social and Islamic values, scientific knowledge, and technical skills required for sustainable development of Somalia. The institution prides itself on being an foreword looking, inclusive, unifying influence on the fractured state and on being, above all, an organic, home grown solution that harnesses Somali strengths and capabilities for the promotion of peace and the future prosperity of the country. EDU is Combating Fake Accreditation Agencies and Unlicensed Schools. Some words of H.E. Irving Levance, the Secretary-general of EDU, “Our ultimate goal is to curb the questionable activities of fake schools and bogus accreditation agencies currently plaguing the global educational market, particularly online. The mission of EDU is being well received by experts in the field. There was a desperate and urgent need for a trustworthy international accreditation system. Fake Schools and fake accreditation are a world problem. EDU is helping to build and maintain a trustworthy system to make assessments easier for employers recruiting foreign graduates from universities and colleges. EDU Accreditation is voluntary and open for membership only to institutions operating legally. The same process applies to Accreditation agencies as we work towards ensuring the qualifications from developing countries are fairly assessed.” Promoting informed dialogue and interaction Via donations from companies and other philanthropic funds, EDU makes available, monetary grants to assist Ministries of Education in developing countries to create real-time databases of Licensed Schools, Colleges and Universities in their respective countries and works with the UN (DESA) the UN Global Compact and is a participating member of theunguniproject. *Thewriterworksforukforeignandcommonwealth office andcurrentlyresidentineritrea.