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City University of Mogadishu

Established in 2012, City University (CU) is a Not-For-Profit foundation university located in Mogadishu, Somalia that is pioneering quality instruction, research, and service to society. As you will see in the pages to follow, City is literally setting the gold standard for quality education in Somalia. From the foundations program that teaches the language of instructions in a professional format, to the libraries and laboratories, the qualification of instructors and cutting edge curricula, City University has raised the bar for higher education in Somalia.Our facilities and equipment and our student-centric pedagogy are making a tangible difference in the lives of young people in Somalia.

CU operates three strategically located campuses in Mogadishu. CU classes started at its K4-Campus, Hodon District of Mogadishu in September 2013. Two more campuses were opened in 2014 in the Bondhere and Abdiaziz Districts of Mogadishu. A fourth campus is in the planning stage. The language of instruction at City University is English, except in the case of the degree in Jurisprudence [Law] where Arabic is the medium of instruction for some coursework. All CU graduates, including Law students, are required to be proficient in English.

City University is authorized as a degree granting institution by the Somali Ministry of Education Directorate of Higher Education and Culture and is a founding member of the Association of Somali Universities (ASU) and Somali Research and Innovation Management Association (SORIMA) and its parent organization EARIMA (East African Research and Innovation Management Association). CU is also a member of the Somali Research and Educational Network (SomaliREN).


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A soldier looking over a maize field where Somali farmers are tending a crop in Dollow, northern Somalia. TONY KARUMBA/AFP/GettyImages

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