University of Hargeisa Chancellor visits Swedish National Defence College
STOCKHOLM, 5 December 2009 (Somalilandpress) — University of Hargeisa Chancellor, Dr. Hussein A. Bulhan and Somaliland Representative Sweden, Mr. Eidarus Sh Adan, visited the Swedish National Defence College in Stockholm on Friday.
The delegation was received at the Swedish National Defence College (SNDC) by Mats Utas, Head of Africa Programme and at the same representing The Nordic Africa Institute in Uppsala. Mats Utas gave a brief information about the National Defence College and The Nordic Africa Institute in Uppsala.
Mr Utas joined SDFC in 2009 and focused on researches on informal regimes, networks of power and alternative security providers in fragile African states such as Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, the Democratic Republic of Kongo, the Central Africa Republic, Sudan and Somalia.
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The National Defence College’s task is to contribute towards national and international security through research and development. The college gives courses in crisis management, leadership, military technology, political science with a special focus on crisis management and international co-operation, and security policy.
The Nordic Africa Institute is dedicated to providing timely, critical and alternative research and analysis of Africa in the Nordic countries and to strengthen the co-operation between African and Nordic researchers.
The Institute hosts several categories of guests: study grant holders from Nordic universities as well as guest researchers from Africa and the Nordic countries. Our current guests are listed below.
Dr Hussein A Bulhan informed about Hargeisa University and the Conflict resolution Department. Furthermore, the parties discussed future cooperation between The Nordic Africa Institute, Defence College and Hargeisa University.
Mr Mats Utas showed interest in developing the cooperation between Hargeisa University and The Nordic Africa institute. One of the issues discussed was the possibilities of scholars from University of Hargeisa to visit Sweden and do post graduate research courses as well as participating in seminars in Sweden.
The meeting ended in a good atmosphere and good spirit.
Mr. Bulhan is currently touring a number of EU countries to promote educational ties between University of Hargeisa and European colleges and universities.
On 16th of November, Mr. Bulhan signed an agreement of cooperation with vice-Chancellor Kimberly Matheson of Canada’s Carleton University. The two universities will exchange skills and expertise in range of fields and researches.
Two other Chancellors from two leading Somaliland universities, Professor Abdulsalam Yassin and Professor Suleiman Ahmed Guled of Burao University and Amoud University respectively are currently in Sweden as well for talks with number of Swedish universities. This is the first time, all three Chancellors have visited one country at once and to many Somalilanders it highlights the importance of Sweden when it comes to higher education, development, democracy and conflict resolution.