Higher Education Conference 2019

Higher Education Conference

The Somali National University is happy to announce its annual conference on Higher Education in Post-Conflict Societies, which will be taking place once again on July 24 -26, 2019 in Mogadishu, Somalia.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development came into force in January 2016 as the central United Nations (UN) platform for achieving ‘integrated and indivisible’ goals and targets.   For countries on the move from violent conflict to peace and democratic rule such as Somalia, the 2030 Agenda can indeed be a powerful lever for change. Clearly, Somali government alone cannot implement the SDGs, without active collaboration with the private sector, civil society, universities and higher education institutions.

The Somali National University (SNU) is committed to   support the Somali government institutions, civil society, businesses and academic institutions to adopt a common platform to accelerate progress towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. From this background, SNU calls for its third international conference (SNU-2019) with the aim to bring together multidisciplinary experts and high-level practitioners from around the world to exchange knowledge, ideas, experiences and expectations around the challenges involved with the SDGs and to discuss Somalia’s  pathway to the three main SDG targets; education, health and poverty reduction. Through a combination of keynote presentations by renowned experts, round tables and parallel sessions, the conference wants to open a debate among the different stakeholders on solutions for a sustainable development to transform Somali society at country, regional and international level.

The SNU-2019 conference will prioritize in four major issues; poverty reduction, quality tertiary education, universal health coverage for vulnerable groups, and impact of national dialogue on sustainable development. Interested academics, researchers and experts and higher education practitioners are kindly invited to submit abstracts on any of the aforementioned priority areas. 


Abstracts should be submitted by email to:


Abstracts should not exceed 400 to 500 words. Please include:

  1. Name
  2. Institution/Organization
  3. Position
  4. Academic degree
  5. Thematic area of your paper

 Important Dates:

Abstract submission deadline: May 1, 2019

Notification of acceptance: May 20, 2019

Submission of full papers: June 30, 2019

Conference dates: July 24-26, 2019

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