Barawa International University (BIU) which has been planned to open in May/June 2019, is located in the South West State of Somalia. The latter is among the few regions in Somalia underserved by higher education and therefore full of unemployable manpower. It hosts a strategic coastal port suitable for advancing economic development of Somalia. With booming entrepreneurship, it is also a region that that could doubly contribute to the Somalia GDP in this faster growing economy. Economic prosperity of Somalia can be achieved only when we have skilled personnel in professional areas. Unfortunately, the region hosts only secondary schools, which means that few of our Senior Four Graduates spend a lot of money travelling and attaining higher education in other regions of Somalia or abroad. Majority of our children cannot afford high costs in other regions. This means that if we open a University in our region here, higher education will be affordable to most of the senior four graduates in the region. Our economy in South West State and the entire Somali can only prosper is we invest in Higher Education. In order for us to build sustainable economy, our people must have professional skills, and these can only be obtained at the university level.
BIU graduates could transform micro-and macro-economic by narrowing the skills-gap in national and international problem-solving. Besides, this university will bring services and employment opportunities nearer to/for the inhabitants.
SCHOOL OF BUSINESS STUDIES AND ECONOMICS:
SCHOOL OF SOCIAL SCIENCES & HUMANITIES:
In response to the current dynamics of the socio-political development in Somalia, the University is preparing itself to effectively respond to the emerging and unfolding needs of the public service sector. Although the University is operating under strict budget and has certain human resources capacity limitations, it is in the process of establishing civil service training center where the nascent civil service of Somalia can be trained. However, to make this initiative fruitful, the University is in the process of establishing various centers. Besides the study, BIU is in touch with various international and local funding agents to support the formation of such centers.
BIU strives “to become a leading centre of academic and professional excellence and virtue in Eastern Africa”.
BIU provides high quality education, research and community services with the commitment of excellence, integrity, and professionalism. The university is expected to produce competent scholars and leaders of high quality and moral uprightness. The mission of Barawa International University is abbreviated as (EIP):
BIU will be committed to the following core values:
Excellence-Committed: Concerned to endeavors of the highest possible quality while striving to fulfill the university’s mission and educational purposes, which involve a philosophy of continuous improvement based upon rigorous assessment and informed decision making.
Collectively-Driven: Dedicated to contribute to the advancement of society by building partnerships with students, alumni, business industry, public entities, the community and other players in the higher education scene.
Principle-Centered: Devoted to promote knowledge in a manner that prepares learners to be responsible, ethical, and patriotic while equipped with Islamic values of tolerance and mutual co-existence.
Continuous Learning: Equipped with the philosophy of spreading education that is career- oriented, theory and practice based, powered with critical thinking, and emphasized at active learning and the lifelong pursuit of knowledge.
BIU strives to achieve the following objectives:
University’s efforts to fulfill its mission and achieve its vision take place within a complex strategic environment that includes the university but extends far beyond it as well. If the University is to successfully fulfill its mission and achieve its vision, it is therefore necessary for it to understand its strategic environment.
The environment provides the university with Strengths (S), Weaknesses (W), Opportunities (O) and Threats (T) that must be managed properly in order to ensure long-term survival and success. Analyzing its internal strengths and weaknesses and assessing the external opportunities that it has and the threats facing it can best be understood by examining the University’s strategic environment.
Certain external factors in the University’s environment are worth noting: –
financial control, resource control and donor relations and advocacy, coordination and stakeholders management.
The following are the strengths of BIU:
BIU will look into improving its quality since its inception by training its people and introducing new skills and technologies to the operations of the academics.
BIU will focus on success in producing high quality scholars and building international image as well as providing community services.
BIU will provide its programs in a flexible manner; fulltime and part-time.
BIU teaches standard and updated curricula that meets market and local needs.
BIU will be equipped with the necessary infrastructure and resources.
We anticipate that BIU students shall be well trained and have the necessary Attitude, Skills and Knowledge (ASK)
BIU graduates shall be highly active in the limited labor market of Somalia as well as participant innovators.
BIU is a tuition fees based university, but it will maintain affordable tuition fees. This provides it with a marketing advantage and the university will be searching other sources of financing to keep the tuition fees at minimum.
BIU has adequate plan for development of lecturers and staff through on-job training.
BIU is working towards attracting and retaining qualified professionals that could help our country to solve micro and macro-economic challenges. BIU shall outsource (hire) a few well-qualified professionals from outside Somalia.
BIU has identified several areas that need increased support. These areas include academic advancement, funding, power generations, larger cafeteria, and information technology among others.
BIU is anticipated to experienced growth in student numbers and hence increasing demand on its resources, which have not been adequately received.
The university does not have land for expansion to enable a successful academic environment. We are currently requesting government to allocate us land address this challenge.
The medium of instruction of the university is English; however, the English proficiency of the students is poor due to lack or scarcity of English Language instructors in Somalia. We intend to solve this challenge through outsourcing.
BIU has not adequate close ties with profit and non-profit organizations yet but is currently seeking collaboration with international agencies, smart academic institutions in and outside Somalia. These could enable us incorporate necessary changes to respond to needs of the emerging economy.
The University is seen as very progressive, which created positive perception to its various stakeholders.
Overall the population of the area is growing and the population of secondary School Students is increasing without a single University in the whole of South West State of Somalia. Therefore, BIU will attract fresh students who are hungry for professional skills.
NGO activities are increasing as they seek to help Somali reconstruction. BIU and its Alumni are likely to excel or be participants in restructuring their own country.
The number of business is growing which created high opportunity to the university and its graduates.
Many opportunities exist for collaboration with local, regional/state, national, and international entities as well as universities. BIU therefore has many opportunities to engage in international activities.
There is growing need for qualified personnel in the limited labor market of Somalia due to the booming business sector and NGO Activities. BIU has already identified highly qualified staff in
Sub-Saharan Africa to help us build institutional capacity and increase chances of improving Somalia economy.
There is possible access to donor support
Expressed need for the growing academic program by the local community, most government officials and other stakeholders
The demand for BIU programs is growing because students receive education that is very much in demand.
The community surrounding the University is extremely supportive to the programs of the University.
The poor functioning of the government in Somalia makes operations difficult. But we are hopeful that BIU graduates could be participants of good governance in the near future.
In Somalia, serious questions exist about the degree to which many secondary schools provide rigorous Math and English language education.
The competition for high-quality students has increased from completion offered by colleges, universities in East Africa and institutions of higher learning in the horn.