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Civil Engineering

Gollis University

The mission of the civil engineering program supports the mission of the institution and was developed in parallel with it.
The civil engineering program’s mission is:

  • To prepare students for an enhanced quality of life by providing an educational experience that leads to baccalaureate degree in civil engineering.
  • To contribute to the expansion of knowledge of civil engineering through programs of basic and applied research, scholarship, and other creative endeavors.
  • To use the 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 resources.
  • 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

Students completing the civil engineering program will be able to demonstrate:
  1. an ability to apply broad knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering, technical communication, computer methods, and social sciences.
  2. an ability to design a system and conduct experiments to meet desired local and national needs.
  3. an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams in geotechnical, hydraulic, structural, materials, and water resource engineering disciplines.
  4. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems with a commitment to professional and ethical responsibility
  5. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for the development of the nation including low cost housing.

The civil engineering program will directly provide also specific training to the targeted groups e.g. returnees, IDPs, and vulnerable groups.
Gollis University is a training and research institution that will bring together experts from the building trades and introduce the techniques of low cost housing using suitable building materials from locally available resources.
The University will train trades people, such as masons, carpenters and small job contractors, who may spend from one to four months learning improved construction techniques. The University will train also non-formal education (NFE) students from both the returnees, IDPs, and resident students and will upgrade their literacy & numeracy skills according to national education policy (NEP) in which grade six NEF student will be equivalent to formal grade 8 and will be able to join either the general secondary or the technical/vocational sector.
This arrangement will be a feeding pipeline for the University as well. Within this scope the University will encourage the trainees to build module pilot project houses for the University faculty and students. The University’s research department has designed a series of build-it-yourself houses to be assembled with local materials.
Each house can be built for as little as $600. If community labor is used, it will cost even cheaper than that.
Innovative uses of readily available resources are explored at Gollis University.
The houses we built are made of stones constructed with clay/sand/lime/cement in the ratio of 6/3/0.75/0.25. One type of house is made of blocks from the above mixture and a mortar using the above ratio.
The Low Cost Housing Construction under the Civil Engineering Program Gollis University is starting the training of low cost, affordable, building construction techniques that ensure high productivity, low cost, short building cycle and good quality.
The University developed pilot building techniques in the construction of its campus.
These techniques were designed to upgrade the skills of the returnees and IDPs in primary and intermediate level stages. Several new facilities were built using improved indigenous building materials and methods and developed training programs and curriculum for low cost housing construction. Plans for new facilities to be built in the same techniques were developed.
The promising approaches to the problems of the low cost house makes extensive use of local labor and available materials and appropriate technology, while functioning as an educational model for broader schemes. Gollis University is training and research institution that will bring together experts from the building trades and introduce the techniques of low cost housing used suitable building materials from locally available resources. The University will train trades people, such as masons, carpenters and small job contractors, who may spend from one to four months learning improved construction techniques. The University will train also non-formal education (NFE) students from both the returnees, IDPs, and resident students and will upgrade their literacy & numeracy skills according to national education policy (NEP) in which grade six NEF student will be equivalent to formal grade 8 and will be able to join either the general secondary or the technical/vocational sector. This arrangement will be a feeding pipeline for the University as well. Within this scope the University will encourage the trainees to build module pilot project houses for the University faculty and students. This will offer them the opportunity to gain real hands on experience and the confidence to join the flourishing housing construction industry. The center’s research department has designed a series of build-it-yourself houses to be assembled with local materials. Each house can be built for as little as $600. If community labor is used, it will cost even cheaper than that. Innovative uses of readily available resources are explored at Gollis University. The houses we built are made of stones constructed with clay/sand/lime/cement in the ratio of 6/3/0.75/0.25. One type of house is made of blocks from the above mixture and a mortar using the above ratio. At its primary stage, Gollis University’s low cost housing construction scheme targets the training of the returnees, IDPs, and the vulnerable groups in Somaliland. The project’s curriculum has a dual purpose:

  • 1. Providing shelter to the target groups
  • 2. Offering income generation means at the market value

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