The University of Hargeisa in Somaliland was founded in 2000 and currently has over 2,600 students. The Faculty of Medicine was established in 2003, starting with an intake of 75 students of whom 15 graduated in 2009.
The Faculty of Medicine was established to work for the improvement of the health sector by training qualified medical doctors to respond to the urgent need for clinicians across the country. The objectives of the Medical School of the University of Hargeisa are:
1. Provide general medical training to students and orient them towards community health care priorities and meet high international standards of quality.
2. Promote a patient-centered clinical method.
3. Be involved in programs of continued medical education designed to maintain and upgrade the competence of doctors currently practicing in Somaliland.
4. Develop and support programs of research in the basic and clinical sciences with emphasis on areas of special need to Somaliland.
In addition, the University continues to expand opportunities for training other human resources for health. In collaboration with Edna Adan Maternity Hospital and THET, the university will start a BSc. Midwifery programme in March 2011, the first of its kind in the country.
WAHA International and the University of Hargeisa have partnered with the aim of increasing access to specialist training in pediatrics, anesthesia and gynecology-obstetrics for medical students and rehabilitating several parts of the university hospital. This partnership forms part of a broader project being implemented by WAHA International and its partners to improve maternal health throughout the country.