University of Burao


University of Burao

About Us

Burao is the second largest city in Somaliland. It has an estimated population of between 500,000 to 550,000 people. It is a very important commercial center in the region, containing the largest livestock market that brings together traders from as far as Bossaso in the Northeast of Somalia, Luq bordering Kenya in the South, Ethiopia and Djibouti in the West.


Rebuilding from the Ruins

Like many other cities in the country, Burao suffered from destruction and the people from internal displacement due to a prolonged civil war in the 1980s. In 1988, almost all its residents were either killed or forced to flee to refugee camps in Ethiopia. When those lucky ones who survived came back to Burao in 1991, they returned to a ghost town striped of almost everything of value that could be moved or removed. Almost all the dwellings in the city were either roofless or without windows, or both. Also, many of them were left in ruins, and the streets were overcome by natural vegetation in the absence of a human population for nearly three years. Public resources or facilities, including schools, were not spared destruction. Before the civil war, the town boasted one of the top technical schools in East Africa, and a vocational school for range management. Both were national institutions. It also had two main secondary schools (Sheikh Bashir, and Sheikh Osman Nur). All of these institutions were looted, and damaged extensively. Reconstruction started in earnest as soon as people returned to the city. Restoration of schools also began though slowly. Primary and pre-primary schools were first repaired. Unfortunately, the process of rehabilitation was twice interrupted by local conflicts, first in 1992, and then in 1994. The situation was exasperated by the ban on livestock exports to the Middle East in 2000. As the principle livestock market in the country, this had a disproportionate effect on the economy of Burao and caused its recovery to lag behind that of other main cities in Somaliland.

Burao Today

Today, if you visit Burao, you will find a remarkable city bustling with activity. Burao has now enjoyed many years of uninterrupted peace. There is a strong sense of community and a determination to rebuild what has been destroyed. This has created an environment conducive to investment and regeneration. As a result, the city is now going through a fervent period of development and is enjoying an unprecedented expansion. The majority of Burao’s primary and secondary schools have already been rebuilt, renovated or restored, with new private institutions being formed regularly in response to demand for quality education. The first class graduated from Burao secondary schools in 2003 and many more students in the years since then. In 2004 in response to the question of what to do with these young secondary school leavers UB was established. Since then we’ve made it our mission to bring quality higher education to the people of Burao, Togdheer and surrounding regions.

Our Campus

The main campus is in the north-western suburb (Sha’ab Area) of Burao, about two kilometers from the center of the city. The site has a fenced area of about 3.75 hectares. UB also has satellite campuses in the center of Burao City, making it a convenient location for professionals taking part-time courses. Furthermore, UB has acquired a 25-hectare site located about 5 kilometers from the city center with plans to develop it into a major campus.

Facilities of the main campus are as follows:




One large Conference Hall

Senate/Council and subcommittee meeting Room

Science Laboratories (Medical, Veterinary & Lab and General Science labs)

administration, Academic and Students Affairs

Computer Laboratories

Dental laboratory and Clinic

Civil Engineering Lab

Telecommunication Engineering Lab


Stationary shop

Printing Press

Sports Ground

Medical Clinic


University of Burao


The university of Burao aspires to be a national leader in developing educated students, career-ready learners, and global citizens, and in generating mean-cherish to be a leader in the academic, research, professional and sustainable development in the Horn of Africa.

University of Burao


To provide access to higher education, research and conduct quality professional training for the delivery of demand-driven teaching/learning service with especial emphasis on innovation and research directed towards community transformation and conservation of biodiversity.
Deliver and outstanding teaching and learning experience to enrich all our students and ensure they are equipped for their future careers
  • Create the best, well qualified and adaptable teaching and non – teaching work force that can respond to the demand of our University students.
  • Provide outstanding financial and physical resources to support successful, sustainable and secure University.
  • Advance socio-economic prosperity of Somaliland Eastern Regions communities and those in Togdher in Particular
  • Endeavor towards the use of technology in every field of the university, especially the Management Information Systems.
  • Advance Research and Innovation, not only for students, but also make it mandatory for lecturers and faculty of staff.

University of Burao


  • Diverse Labour Force
  • Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Production
  • Largest group of female graduates in Somaliland history at any Somali University.
  • The University has undertaken successful biogas and quality of fresh local milk research projects at its main campus. This is the first time projects of this nature have ever been attempted in this region. The research continues.

University of Burao


  • The Faculty of Business Administration contributes qualified professionals who handle critical operations in the business sector.

University of Burao


The university has produced methane gas (Biogas), tested it and is continuing to improve the quantity and quality of the gas.

university of burao

Senior Management Team

Prof. Essa Nur

Prof. Essa Nur

Vice Chancellor
Prof. Omar Osman

Prof. Omar Osman

Deputy Vice Chancellor
Dr. Mohamed Nadif

Dr. Mohamed Nadif

Director General Administration

University Timeline

A brief history of the university

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