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4,000 students sit fierce exam for a place at Somali National University

4,000 students sit fierce exam for a place at Somali National University

Nearly 4,000 students have been registered to sit for an exam that will allocate them an opportunity to pursue further education at the Somali National University.

The students are part of 33,000 students who successfully managed to complete their secondary school exams this year. 

With registration for the university on the rise, this year’s competition has become much fiercer as the number of students set to be recruited by the university has dramatically increased.

Thousands of students arrived at the main campus of the school which boosts to fulfil its mandate to produce a skilled labor force with diverse academic training.

The university, which offers free education to students, has conducted similar exam tests for students in Puntland and Galmudug. 


The Rector of Somali National University Hassan Omar Mahadallah, said the University accommodate upto about 75% of those who sat for their exams, depending on their performance.


Mr Hassan the university has recorded a yearly increase of 22% of students enrolling for education since the University was reopened in 2014.


“ 3,714 students set for their exams in Mogadishu. In Galmudug and Puntland 172 and 140 students sat for their exams,” said Mr. Hassan. 

The number of girls who have picked interest in joining the university is 38 percent while 62 percent of those who showed interest for allocation of a place at the School in Mogadishu. 

The Somali National University was established in 1954 in the Trust Territory of Somalia. It obtained official university status in 1969.

In 1973, under the Supreme Revolutionary Council (SRC), programs and facilities were expanded. The SNU developed over the next twenty years into an institution of higher learning, with 13 departments, 700 staff and over 15,000 students.

Due to extensive damage to its facilities as well as the difficulty of holding classes and acquiring books and other necessities in the wake of the civil war in the early 1990s, classes at the university were suspended until 2014 when it resumed operations.

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