Somaliland’s construction industry is growing at a high rate. Like many developing countries, the utilization of the available technical resources and personnel is important in advancing the economy and saving on the meager resources that would otherwise go to experts or training
in other countries. Civil Engineering is a very important profession. It deals with provision of solutions to the majority of problems of society. The profession requires planning, designing and construction of physical infrastructure that enhances and sustains human activity. These include provision of shelter, water treatment, water supply, waste disposal, transportation, and a host of others. The role of a Civil Engineer is to provide these and others as society may need from time to time in a changing world. Undergraduate studies are carried out in three separate shifts, morning shift, afternoon shift and evening shifts on weekdays,

The Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering started at Gollis University in 2004, starting with 40 students only. The world is changing, new technologies are coming up and generally tastes and trends have changed in the construction industry. Further, graduates need to be prepared for the challenges in the construction industry in which more areas now require a lot of emphasis for effective competition on the job market. Also, after running the programme for 13 years, gaps and areas for improvement have been identified. Graduates of the programme have been in the field since 2007 and areas have been cited by employers and attested by our graduates where improvement is required. The Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering has been redesigned to address the above concerns and further enhance infrastructural developments in Somaliland and the neighboring regions in the Horn of Africa in general.

There are two laboratories Soil Laboratory and surveying lab, supporting, teaching activities for undergraduate students and are used for conducting experimental works of the Bsc students on their research activities.

Enrollment grows: The enrollment in Civil engineering has  grown substantially, particularly in the last several years. Know 372 students are sitting in the class



The main goal of the Civil Engineering Department is to provide an educational programme which will be highly recognized in national and international levels as well as contributing to the scientific and technological development and welfare of the society as a whole.


To prepare students for an enhanced quality of life by providing an educational experience that leads to the baccalaureate degree in civil engineering.

To use special capabilities and expertise of the program’s faculty to address regional, national, and local needs in civil engineering, including the areas of geotechnical, structural, and water resource.

To serve the Republic of Somaliland by providing training and education that will benefit the planning, design, construction, and maintenance of facilities essential to civilization.

To educate the students by giving them fundamental of engineering knowledge, design, and practical skills, and provide them the necessary tools to take their place in the modern world.

To increase the quality of life by providing safe and modern living environments by disseminating scientific thought and environmental consciousness, by developing social cooperation and solidarity culture, and by creating conditions for sustainable development.

To lead in increasing the quality of civil engineering to the international levels, in prioritizing research and development activities, in increasing the awareness of standards and codes and in encouraging the dominance of professional ethics.

General Objectives

The general objectives of the programme are to:

  • produce graduate engineers who are well equipped in theoretical and practical skills to manage the engineering services;
  • train people who will be able to advance in higher education, research and development;
  • train personnel who will be job creators either individually or in partnership with others;
  • train personnel who will work in private and government institutions with minimum supervision;
  • train personnel who will conserve, promote and improve the environment and maintain public health and

Specific Objectives

By the end of the programme, learners should be able to:

  • explain the theoretical and practical aspects of Analysis, Design and Construction;
  • plan, design, tender, execute and manage construction projects by working for and with other partners or by self-employment;
  • maintain buildings and other civil engineering infrastructure;
  • independently carry out research and innovation in Science, Engineering and other related fields including the use of ICTs in Civil and Building Engineering;
  • impart the acquired knowledge and skills to other interested persons
N0 Year Graduate students  
1 2010 65
2 2012 49
3 2013 109
4 2014 127
5 2015 180
6 2016 127
7 2017 214
Subtotal 871


Civil Engineering Curriculum


Summary of BS (Civil Engineering) Degree Requirements

Computing Core Courses 127
ICT  Course 3
Islamic Study Courses 6
Mathematics Courses 12
English Courses 9
Management and others Courses 9
Total Credit Hours: 166



S# Pre-Req Code        Course Title Credit Hrs
1 IST 111 Islamic Study 3
2 ENG 112 Freshman English I 3
3 MAT113 Engineering Mathematics I 3
4 PHY 114 Engineering Physics 3
5 ICT  115 Introduction to Computer 3
6 CED 116 Engineering Drawing 3
  Total Credit: 18



S# Pre-Req Code        Course Title Credit Hrs
1    IST 111 IST 121 Islamic 2 3
2 ENG 112 ENG 122 Freshman English II 3
3 MAT 113 MAT 123 Engineering Mathematics II 3
4 CIV 124 Construction Materials 3
5 CED 117 CED 125 AutoCAD 2D,3D 3
7 PHY 114 CIV 126 Engineering Statics 3
Total Credit: 18


S# Pre-Req Code        Course Title Credit Hrs
1 ENG 122 ENG 211 Freshman English III 3
2 MAT 123 MAT 212 Engineering Mathematics III 3
3 CIV 124 CIV 213 Construction Technology 3
4 CIV 126 CIV 214 Strength of Materials 3
5           – CIV 215 Engineering  Ethics And Society 3
6 SOM 216 Somali Culture 3
Total Credit: 18



S# Pre-Req Code        Course Title Credit Hrs
1 CIV 221:  Engineering Geology 3
2 CIV 222 Technical Report Writing 3
3 CIV 214 CIV 223 Structural Analysis I 3
5 CIV 224 Engineering Surveying I 3
6 CIV 225  Hydraulics I 4
3 MAT 226 Probability and Statistics 3
Total Credit: 18


S# Pre-Req Code Course Title Credit Hrs
1 CIV 223 CIV 311 Structural Analysis II 3
2 CIV 224 CIV 312 Engineering Surveying II 3
3 CIV 313 E    Environmental Engineering 3
4 CIV 314 RCC I 4
5 CIV 225 CIV 315 Hydraulics II 3
6   CIV 316 Principles of Electricity and Installation 3
Total Credit: 19



S# Pre-Req Code        Course Title Credit Hrs
1 CIV 321 Highway Engineering I 4
3 CIV 322 Geotechnical Engineering I 4
3 CIV 314 CIV 323 RCC II 3
4 CIV 315 CIV 324 Engineering Hydrology 3
5 CIV 325 Cost Estimation and -Specifications 3
6 CIV 326 Research Methods 3
  Total Credit: 20



S# Pre-Req Code        Course Title Credit Hrs
1 CIV 324 CIV 411 Hydraulic Structures 3
CIV 412 Engineering Foundation 3
3 CIV 322 CIV 413 Geotechnical Engineering II 4
4 CIV 321 CIV 414 Highway Engineering II 4
5 CIV 415         Urban Engineering and GIS 3
6 CIV 416 Project I 3
Total Credit: 20



S# Pre-Req Code        Course Title Credit Hrs
1 CIV 421 Design Of Steel And Timber 3
2 CIV 422 Construction Management 3
3 CIV 423 Fundamentals of Bridge Design 3
4 CIV 411 GIS 424  Water Supply and Sewage 3
5 CIV 416 CIV 425 Project II 6
Total Credit: 18


S# Pre-Req Code        Course Title Credit Hrs
1   CIV 431 Rate analysis and calculation of material 3
2 CIV 432 Construction Law and Construct 3
3   CIV 433 Pre-stressed concrete 3
4   CIV 434 Research Dissertation(Thesis) 8
Total Credit: 17


166 semester hours are required for the BS in Civil Engineering degree.