Welcome to The Faculty of Sciences
Somali National University
Somali National University(SNU)is currently the only public higher education institution(HEI)that provides free and quality education to Somali nationals. SNU hasan illustrious history.
Prior to its closing in 1990 due to the protracted civil war, SNU had over 7,500 students enrolled in 11 different faculties. The university has educated thousands of students. It has produced some of the present-day leaders of Somalia including the prominent heads of the university top management and many other.
Faculty of Sciences at Gaheyr campus was first launched in 1974. It wascomposed of geology, chemical industry, mathematics, physics, chemistry, engineering (both mechanical & civil engineering) andbiology.
This year 2019, the management of the university decided to reopen faculty of Science. Two Earth Sciences departments i.e. Geological and Marine Sciences. Other departments including chemical, biological,atmospheric sciences which includes atmospheric chemistry and atmospheric physics, computer science, statistical, environmental science, mathematical and physical science etc will in the coming years be launched.
Somalia is endowed with more than three thousand kilometres of coastline. Thus, in this respect, it is envisioned to launch in the near future the first department of biochemistry where by its laboratories will host the research from both marine science department and particularly the study of the oceanography.
The Faculty will be equipped with a vast range of infrastructure and state-of-the-art equipment linked to ongoing research projects, enabling prospective students and researchers the opportunity to explore many different areas of specialization.
Faculty of Sciences at Somali National University (SNU) will be an important centre of research in Somalia and East Africa. It will equip graduates with necessary academic and research skills and gives them the ability to succeed in the market place.
Therefore, it will be a great opportunity to develop both geophysical and geochemical laboratory whereby a good number of analyses could be performed for both research and academic purposes.
We know that Somalia is poised to develop its hydrocarbon potential and its untapped mineral ores deposits. So in this regards, it is worthwhile to equip the students of science faculty with its several departments and particularly the departments of marine science and geology the necessary in depth knowledge of the natural resources of Somalia.
However, due to cost efficient technological advances in the oil and gas exploration industry and mining, many parts of the world with potential hydrocarbon basins that was in the state of frontier exploration phase for technical reasons were explored and became petroleum-producing regions. Some examples are the Gulf of Mexico, the North Sea and Africa’s west coast, particularly Ghana.
Therefore, since there are technical innovations enabling the exploration and exploitation of these frontier basins, the major international oil companies (IOCs) are showing a renewed interest in Somalia’s promising potential hydrocarbon basins (the last frontier region in East Africa). So SNU must meet the upcoming challenges of the shortage of qualified technicians that can match the demand of the IOCs.