University of Reading lead on the establishment of a partnership with the University of Hargeisa in Somaliland

The School of Law are thrilled to have led on the establishment of a partnership between the University of Reading and the University of Hargeisa in Somaliland.

The University of Hargeisa is the largest public university in Somaliland. It is the leading higher education institution in Somaliland and provides a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses.

The School will be collaborating with the Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies (IPCS) which is a teaching and research centre at the University of Hargeisa. It was established in 2008 by the University of Hargeisa and Eastern Mennonite University in the United States of America to provide a multidisciplinary approach to understanding and addressing conflict and violence in the Horn of Africa. The IPCS was the first Institute of its kind to engage in teaching and research in areas of peace and conflict studies in Somaliland, and remains the only one in the Somali-speaking region in the Horn of Africa.

From an educational point of view, activities with IPCS can give our students a unique perspective on international peace and security issues from within a territory that is recovering from conflict.

Second, from a research perspective the University of Hargeisa and IPCS present opportunities for collaborative research and future relationships in the Horn of Africa and beyond.

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