SIMAD is a founding member of Somali Research and Education Network (SomaliREN). SomaliREN is a member of UbuntuNet Alliance, a sub-regional backbone network in Eastern and Southern Africa connecting National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) to each other and to similar networks on other continents via GÉANT, the European research and education backbone network.

The achievements of SIMAD University have been recognized and acknowledged by the Association of African Universities (AAU). SU was offered to full member letter by the AAU. The Association of African Universities is an international non-governmental organization set up by universities in Africa to promote cooperation among themselves and between them and the international Academic community.

SMAD is a member of Arab States Research and Education Network (ASREN). ASREN is the association of the Arab region National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) and strategic partners, that aim to implement, manage and extend sustainable Pan-Arab e-Infrastructures dedicated for the Research and Education communities and to boost scientific research and cooperation in member countries through the provision of world-class e-Infrastructures and E-services.

SIMAD is a member of International Association of Universities (IAU). IAU is the UNESCO-based worldwide association of higher education institutions. It brings together institutions and organizations from some 120 countries for reflection and action on common concerns and collaborates with various international, regional and national bodies active in higher education.

SU is also a member of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO)