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A new chapter in the history of the Edna Adan University was written as the class of 2015, the first to graduate since the university opened its doors, were awarded Bachelor of Science degrees in Anesthesiology, Laboratory Technology and Pharmacology. This magnificent achievement was celebrated by the university community, special guests, family and friends, who gathered to witness this milestone event. Fikru Debebe Mekonnen, Dean of the Faculty of Public Health, reports:
A total of 46 graduating students were graced by the presence of Her Excellency Amina Weris Sheikh Mohamed, the First Lady of Somaliland. For the graduates, and their families, the occasion was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity they will never forget. The ceremony was attended by a host of special guests, including the Minister of Education and Higher Education, Mr Ahmed Nur Faahiye, former Ministers of Health, Dr Suleiman Abdi Guled and Mr Abdi Haybeh Mohamed, and Vice Minister H.E. Mawliid Mohamoud Karaani. Also present were political leaders, representatives of UN agencies, INGOs and government officials, not to mention proud parents and other family members. The result was a vibrant, colorful and celebratory atmosphere.
The ceremony opened with the Somaliland National Anthem and was followed by speeches from faculty Deans and student representatives. The keynote was delivered by the Chancellor, Dr Edna Adan Ismail, who paid tribute to the different stakeholders who support the university. His Excellency the Minister of Education and Higher Education, and political party representatives, also congratulated the students. The President of the University, Mr Mohamoud Hussein Osman, then announced, “Dear Graduates I hereby confirm that you are today recipients of a Bachelor of Health Science Degree, so please turn the tassels of your graduation cap right to left.”
The first award, an Honorary Doctoral Degree in Maternal and Child Health, was presented to Her Excellency the First Lady of Somaliland in recognition of her contribution to maternal and infant health as a Nurse, Midwife and Global Ambassador of CARMMA. In her acceptance speech, Her Excellency promised to maintain her efforts to ensure Somaliland achieves its targets in line with the Sustainable Development Goals and congratulated our graduates on their achievements: “I acknowledge that your journey in getting to this point has been far from easy and I know that, for all of you, it represents a long and sustained commitment to a program of study. I thank your parents and teachers who made it possible to achieve this success and to bear the responsibility that will hopefully bring better health to the people of Somaliland.”
Together with the Chancellor and President of the University, Her Excellency then awarded Bachelor Degrees to the 46 graduating students, 11 women and 35 men, in the fields of Anesthesiology, Laboratory Technology and Pharmacology. Our graduates, their family and guests, were notably impressed by the magnificence of the ceremony and splendor of the auditorium. Many declared themselves to be “bursting with pride”.
The 46 new graduates of the Edna Adan University bring the total number of health professionals to have received diplomas and Bachelor degrees from the Edna Adan University Hospital to 888 since the founding of the institution in 2002. A further 1038 students are currently enrolled in foundation, diploma and degree programs in Midwifery, Nursing, Anesthesiology, Laboratory Technology, Pharmacology, Dental Technology and Public Health.