Academic partnership is an important strategy of the University of Southern Somalia and the independent entities affiliated to it. Partnership, therefore, places responsibilities on the shoulders of the parties entering the partnership of collaboration in one area of scholarship or another or in multiple-sphere collaboration. The USS objective for partnership and academic collaboration considers several factors and responds to the guidelines specified in the institution’s mission and vision. The aim, though, is to liaise with like-minded local and overseas institutions and explore areas of cooperation in order for both parties to achieve their goal collaboratively. Based on this philosophy of cooperation in partnership, the University of Southern Somalia has established very good ties and relationships of collaboration with institutions of the same objective in order to chart out an appropriate means of collaboration for the benefit of the communities that are the vital stakeholders of each entity.

Therefore, our relationship with our partners—nationally, regionally, and globally—represents our binding commitment to the high quality services we offer to our students, lecturers and other stakeholders of the USS community. Through collaboration and partnership in teaching and research, we aim to forge ahead the building of a unique kind of scholarship and expertise that showcases what we have, while learning from our partners whatever expertise they have developed in areas we need and have a desire to incorporate to our system of scholarship and expertise. From this philosophy, partnership, according to the USS, builds a foundation for a durable solution to some of what we lack in knowledge and expertise; while we also endeavor to share with our partners anywhere in the world that which we have developed expertise in.

Our collaboration with like-minded partners is what sets the course of our tradition for a lasting collaboration in scholarship that pursues knowledge-sharing in a win-win situation to us and our partners. In the broader scope, our strategy for global collaboration in partnership does not limit its focus only on academic institutions. Further, we aim to engage with local and global business enterprises, professional organizations, donors, and multiple other bodies and agencies that foster commitment to human development at the forefront of their partnership strategy. Thus, through partnership and cooperation, we implement projects that are designed in line with what is necessarily achievable in the areas of educational methods, tools and technology, participation in carrying out scientific research at home and abroad, student exchange and internship programs, visits that enhance the improvement of leadership systems, management policies and other factors that are imperative to institutional performance as well as effective participation in the partnership.

In regard with our policy of collaboration, we are proud to announce the establishment (and expansion) of relationships with various institutions and individuals that now form part of our network in teaching and in scientific research. We have, to the extent of our limited potential as a young but fast growing academic institution, partnered with foreign institutions for the launching of study programs collaboratively and sharing knowhow, issuing joint degrees, supporting our capacity to acquire international accreditation and recognition with professional organizations that endorse our academic credentials. We keep exploring opportunities that primarily aim at uplifting the reputation of our institution to that of global standard.