n Journal of Somali Studies : Research on Somalia and the Greater Horn of African Countries - The revival of higher education in Somalia : prospects and challenges

Volume 2, Issue 1_2
  • ISSN : 2056-5674
  • E-ISSN: 2056-5682


Compared to the few public higher education institutions in the prewar era, postwar Somalia boasts a large number of academic institutions at the tertiary level, mainly as privately owned universities. Although these community-initiated academic establishments are making tremendous contributions to the higher education sector, particularly in the absence of an effective national government, one can argue that much still remains at stake in terms of evaluation and quality assurance, key elements necessary for institutional accreditation and acceptance of credentials by other educational establishments issuing the same level of certificates. In this essay we aim to provide an overview discussion of the trends of higher education in Somalia and the way forward for newly emerged institutions, which have taken the bold initiative of changing the landscape of Somalia's higher education.

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