Coinciding with the visit of the Turkish president H.E Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to the capital of Somalia Mogadishu, Benadir University orginised a graduation ceremony for 31 students from its faculty of medical science.
25 nurses and 6 midwives have successfully completed their studies at the IBN Sina medical school of the University in collaboration with the Turkish Doctors Worldwide orginisation.
The event took place at the new Somalia-Turkey Education and Research Hospital which is one of the major projects implemented by Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) and was officially opened by president Erdoğan accompanied by the president of the federal government of Somalia H.E Hassan Sheikh Mohamud.
The two leaders were each awarded with Honorary Doctorate by Banadir University to acknowledge their commitment towards serving the Somali people.
Head of the Turkish Doctors Worldwide orginisation Mr. Karam KINIK who addressed the ceremony officially announced that the IBN Sina medical school with its state-of-the-art facilities will be managed by Benadir University to train medical professionals.
Benadir University Rector Prof Abdirizak Ahmed Dalmar thanked Doctors Worldwide and the Turkish Government in general for their helping hand to the Somali people.
“I am delighted to attend this ceremony today… We thank our Turkish brothers and we are grateful for their ongoing assistance” said Prof Dalmar.
The rector congratulated the graduates as he commanded them to work hard to serve their communities and wished them a brighter future.
The university awarded Mr. Karam a Honorary Doctorate by Prof. Osman Mohamud Dufle - a cabinet nominee for the ministry of Education and a Member of the federal parliament of Somalia.
Turkey, in partnership with the Federal Government of Somalia, has launched various development and infrastructure projects in Somalia, ranging from health and sanitation projects, including the construction of numerous hospitals, to the construction of roads and buildings, and the rehabilitation of Aden Adde International Airport. Places of worship have also been restored, and many Somalis are currently being educated in Turkey.