- The University of Hargeisa (UoH) began as a primary/secondary school in 1969. After Somaliland declared its independence as a sovereign state in 1991, the need was ever greater due to years of neglect of the north by the southern led government. The University was founded in the year 2000 and has nearly 5000 students. Their motto is “Knowledge is Light.”
I was introduced to Dr. Abdi H. Gaas who was part of the Somali Diaspora from the 1970’s. He returned to Somaliland, after living in New Jersey, six months ago to take up the post as UoH President in order to contribute toward the education. His background included business, financial accounting as well as curriculum design. He gave a warm welcome.
By Johnathan Jon/Global Peace Buildinding