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Somali Research and Education Network (SomaliREN)
SomaliREN has a goal is to promote research and quality higher education among the Somalis. It is a network of 14 members including the major Somali higher education institutions and exists for the sole purpose of bringing them together to collaborate on issues that matter not only to them but also to the Somali community at large.
The establishment of SomaliREN since 2010 sprung from the realization that the development of the research capabilities and facilities of those institutions, and the general quality of higher education is a necessary component for finding a way out of the current state of messed affairs. With the belief that knowledge is the real power and research is the only way to gain and share it, representatives of six universities convened to work towards this goal. SomaliREN is a member of a sub-regional backbone (UbuntuNet Alliance) network in eastern and southern Africa connecting National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) to each other and to similar networks on other continents via GÉANT. SomaliREN’s efforts are currently focused on the development of the ICT capabilities of the member organizations to facilitate connectivity among them and also connect them to UbuntuNet Alliance.
SomaliREN has managed to provide capacity building training to its members in order to capitalize the e-infrastructure mechanism and also has tested to interconnect some of universities in the northern part of the country. The fibre optic was too late but finally it has landed in 24th January, 2014, and now with the help of the Ministry of Higher Education as well as the World Bank and the European Union they started to make an assessment to do the required infrastructure in order to interconnecting among Somalian universities and research institutions. They are also trying to benefit from another project called AfricaConnect project which is also financed by the EC. SomaliREN also started negotiations with DelCom which is the company that own the fibre optic as well as the telecom operators in order to use the towers to reach the universities based in the remote part of the country.
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