Mo­gadishu Univer sity earns Ac­cred­i­ta­tion from EDU In­ter­gov­ern­men­tal Or­ga­ni­za­tion.

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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.

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