“The Ministry of Education has imposed programs up to the end of the second cycle. The universities are now left with a gap. We are here to provide a service to the community, and I would also like to see my students embrace this idea of social commitment,” said Dr. Hussein Bulhane, director of Frantz Fanon University in Somaliland.
Students like Halam have a clear idea of what they want, that can be attained through higher education.
“Therefore the main reason for why I chose this faculty is that I want to help my people. My goal after the university is to help all the mentally disabled who need it, and create a large institution that will teach psychology.”
Somaliland has had to develop a strong entrepreneurial streak since 1991 and its declaration of independence from Somalia never being recognised by the international community, leaving it to rebuild its shattered economy and infrastructure alone following a civil war. The country is a former British colony.