Twelve Somaliland cadets graduated this week from the Ethiopian Defence Engineering College where they have been studying military engineering skills.
At a graduation ceremony, also attended by senior Somaliland security officials, Ethiopia’s Defense Minister, Siraj Fegesa, awarded a gold medal to Saeed Adan Nur from Somaliland in recognition of his outstanding performance. He was one of only a dozen cadets honoured as Distinguished Graduates with Institute Honours.
The cadets have been given Bachelor of Engineering degrees in a number of areas, including electronics, armaments, electrical and aeronautical engineering.
As part of the relationship between Ethiopia and Somaliland, the Ethiopian government gives a number of scholarships to students from Somaliland every year. The Defence Engineering College provides training to Ethiopian and military cadets from other African countries in military engineering skills and military ethics. The students from Somaliland have done five years of study including three years for a diploma and another two and a half years of undergraduate work. –MFA