SomaliREN has become the 11th member of UbuntuNet Alliance. Chairperson of UbuntuNet Alliance, Professor Zimani Kadzamira, announced this in his opening speech at UbuntuNet-Connect 2009 in Kampala, Uganda. SomaliREN was represented by Professor Suleiman Ahmed Gulaid of Amoud University.
Seven Somali Universities coordinated by Somali Family Services (SFS) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish Somali Research and Education Network (SomaliREN) in January 2009. Among the objectives of SomaliREN is to promote and facilitate research and education networking among Somali Universities and Research organizations.