Hargeysa, Somaliland, July 14, 2012 (SL Times) – The Director General of
the Ministry of Higher Education, Mr Khadar Ahmed Diriye, announced that
they have received scholarships from Turkey. He further explained that
about 1000 students had applied for these scholarships online and that
most of those who applied are students at Somaliland’s universities.
Mr Khadar Ahmed Diriye denied some reports in the media that the
ministry of education was not even aware of the presence of the Turkish
officials in the country. He said not only did they know of the presence
of the Turkish delegation, he and the minister of Education, Zamzam Abdi
Adan, had met with them.
The Director General also disclosed that the Turkish officials are
affiliated with the office of the deputy Turkish Prime Minister, Mr
Bulent Arinc, and that they came to pursue the next step in the
processing of scholarship applications and had interviewed students at
On the issue of school examinations, the director general noted that,
unlike in the past, the ministry’s officials now go to all the regions
in order to make sure the exams are being conducted properly.
Mr Khadar Ahmed Diriye also reiterated the foreign minister’s earlier
announcement that the Turkish deputy minister, Mr Bulent Arinc, is going
to visit Somaliland.