Abdirashid Dahir Aye, Dean, School of Pharmacy ACHS [November 2017]

Abdirashid Dahir Aye, Dean, School of Pharmacy ACHS [November 2017]


The Faculty of Pharmacy is one of the eleven Faculties that are currently functional in the university. It was established in the academic year 2010-2011 with the aim of producing qualified pharmacists who would contribute to the post war recovery of Somaliland pharmaceutical system. Its academic program is designed for four years of study leading to the degree of Bachelor of pharmacy. The pharmaceutical sector has been the least developed area in Somaliland and Somalia. Prior to the civil war, the government was unable to procure drugs. Drug supplies were largely dependent on foreign aid. Today, drugs are brought to the country mainly through two channels: through the international aid organizations or through the private sector. Pharmaceuticals have become a big business and pharmacy shops have mushroomed in every corner of all towns and cities. Although private pharmacies supply remote areas with much-needed drugs, the quality of the drugs sold in those pharmacies has been questioned. In addition, most of the drugs used are suspected to be generic, thus putting the already vulnerable patients to great risk. In order to find a solution for this problem the School of Pharmacy was established.

It was established in September 2011 with the aim of producing qualified pharmacists who would contribute to the post war recovery of Somaliland pharmaceutical system. The Faculty started up with two lecturers and 25 students, and has grown tremendously since then. Now it hosts over 5 lecturers including medical school staff and 75 students. 1st year 25 students, 2nd year 25 students and 3rd year 18 students.

The curriculum is community oriented pharmacy education with a learning experience for the student and services to the communities and is designed in such a way that its courses are as much as possible integrated and community oriented. Educational strategy of the curriculum gives more emphasis on strategies that encourage active learning to provide students with up-to date skills, knowledge and attitude and to prepare them to be competent in a challenging, constantly changing and multicultural working environment.

By providing students with up-to date skills, knowledge and attitude, the faculty prepares students to be competent in a challenging, constantly changing, multicultural work environment. In order to achieve its mission, the Faculty will expand its programs and adopt a variety of modes of delivery

Objectives of The School

One of the important concern of the faculty of pharmacy is to provide the society with skilled pharmacy graduates who are capable of practicing in all modern pharmaceutical fields and dedicated to the betterment of health service.

This can only be achieved by the approach used by the faculty of pharmacy through offering an educational philosophy that promotes a combination of critical thinking and practical application.


The faculty of pharmacy, Amoud university, seeks to be distinguished internationally by providing up-to–date high quality pharmacy education and biomedical research, as well as by fostering continuing professional development and community involvement.


The faculty of pharmacy, Amoud university, is committed to ensuring an educational environment that fosters progressive development in teaching, learning, training and research, to provide the health care system with pharmacists capable of meeting the challenges of the rapidly evolving pharmacy profession, and to establish an interactive partnership with the pharmaceutical industry and the community.


  • Most subjects are taught with a variety of methods including lectures, projected materials with lecturers’ notes presented to the students, practical work and seminars.
  • Problem based learning.
  • Self directed learning
  • Group dynamics
  • Team work
  • Early practical training at all levels of health services (individuals, families and communities)
  • Staff training and development

Study program

Academic year starts 15th of September and ends 2nd week of July every year.

The duration of course is 4 years program duration of studies on basic sciences, social sciences and general education is 2 years.
Duration of major pharmacy topics and clinical training are 2 years.

Criteria for Admission

Applicants to this school must have:-

  1. Completed Secondary School
  2. Passed the general requirement courses of the freshman year with at least GPA of 2.5

Bachelor of Pharmacy Curriculum

This is the curriculum of the four year B. pharm degree at Amoud university. Students may complete the pre-pharmacy curriculum at Amoud university or other accredited institutions of higher learning. Students must transfer 68 hours into the professional curriculum and complete 200 total hours to be eligible to graduate.

The bachelor of pharmacy (B. pharm) curriculum provides students with course work and clinical preparation that is basic to understanding the diagnosis and treatment of diseases, and the therapeutic use, appropriateness, selection, monitoring, and cost-effectiveness of drugs. Students participate in a variety of learning opportunities that are necessary for educating and counseling patients, and for understanding and appreciating the social, emotional, and psychological implications of disease.

The B. pharm professional program fulfills the educational aspect of the requirements for licensure as a pharmacist. This full time, four year program prepares students to participate in community or hospital setting, in technological or administrative positions in the pharmaceutical industry, and for some teaching positions in school or college of pharmacy.

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