Category: "Education"

Ethiopia - College graduates 238 students with diplomas

August 4th, 2009

Ethiopia - College graduates 238 students with diplomas

Source: ENA

Weyezero Sehen Technical and Vocational College in Ethiopia's south Wollo zone of Amhara State has graduated 238 students with diplomas.

Speaking at a graduation ceremony college deputy dean Wondwosen Abi said efforts are underway to upgrade the college to poly -technique level.

The college is currently training over 5700 students in five campuses.

The college has so far graduated 7,000 students in various fields.

South Wollo Zone Administration Deputy Chief Alebachew Yusuf and the dean handed over diplomas to graduates and awards to outstanding trainees.

Ethiopia - Addis Ababa Teachers to get 250 birr housing allowance

August 3rd, 2009

Ethiopia - 250 birr housing allowance for city's teachers

By Kirubel Tadesse

The Addis Ababa City Administration in Ethiopia has approved a 50 million birr budget to fund various benefit schemes aimed at encouraging teachers working in the city's state schools.
Teachers at public schools (fee charging institutions run by the Government), who were recently classified as Government employees for the first time, as well as those at the state elementary and secondary schools, are believed to number more than 7, 500 in the capital.

The main benefit for the teachers is to receive a monthly 250 birr housing allowance. The allowance will be given to the teachers starting from the first payday of the current budget year, a senior Government official explained to Capital.
"Various schemes, such as summer season educational opportunities and others, are also to be funded by the approved budget," the official also said, adding that teachers at all levels of the education system are included in the benefit schemes.
Some teachers Capital spoke with say 250 birr per month is not enough.

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Ethiopia - Adama University graduates 1,756 students in degree

July 30th, 2009

Ethiopia - Adama University graduates 1,756 students in degree

Adama University (AU)in Ethiopia celebrates 15th students' graduation ceremony on July 18, 2009 at the presence of invited guests and families of graduating students. Sisay Negash, mayor of Adama City attended the ceremony as the guest of honor. This year's graduating students were 1756 all receiving degrees. 374 of the 1,756 graduates are women.

AU's president Prof. Dr. Herbert Eichele awarded the cup, gold medals and watches to students who graduated with great distinction from the continuing and regular programs.
This year's cup was awarded to the 23 years old Biniam Negash Chacklie who scored 4.0, from the School of Business, Administration, Management and Trade (SoB).
During the graduation ceremony, all four schools of the University organized exhibitions and displayed various products which was visited by guests right after the graduation ceremony.

For AU, within the just completed academic year this is the graduation was the second to award students. Two months ago 17 students from both regular and continuing education were awarded by the university. The students were selected from each school by their highest grades.

Prof. Dr. Eichele indicated that the previous award was organized to encourage students during their study time in the University.
''This trend will continue to facilitate and motivate students for best achievements,'' said Prof. Dr. Eichele.

In addition to the 1756 graduates, 497 students will be graduating from AU's branch Assela campus on July 28, 2009. These students are from the School of Agriculture who completed their studies in Natural Resource Management, Plant and Animal science. And also 276 students are expected to graduate from Assela School of Health tentatively on December 9, 2009. Students will graduate in clinical nursing, midwifery and pharmacy from the School of Health. In three of the fields in addition to standard students there who upgraded their educational level from the previous.

USAID to double assistance to Ethiopian education sector

July 29th, 2009
USAID to double assistance to Ethiopian education sector

USAID to double assistance to Ethiopian education sector

Source: ENA

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) said it will double its assistance to the Ethiopian education sector.

The newly appointed USAID/ Ethiopia Director , Thomas H. Staal here on Tuesday held discussion with President Girma woldegiorgis.

Briefing journalists after the discussion, the director said Ethiopia is one of the key partners of USAID. He said the agency will keep on supporting Ethiopian development endeavors.

Doubling assistance to education sector is part of strengthening cooperation, he added.

President Girma said USAID has been actively participating in various sectors in Ethiopia.

The president during the discussion stressed the need to further intensifying the cooperation between the two sides.

Thomas H. Staal was appointed as new Mission Director USAID/ Ethiopia on 9 July 2009.

Ethiopia to open 10 new universities

July 29th, 2009

Ethiopia to open 10 new universities

Source: ENA

Ethiopia's Ministry of Education said construction of ten new universities would be launched in different parts of the country in the near future.

External and public relation officer with the Ministry, Deresse Getissa told ENA on Tuesday that the new universities would be constructed in Oromia, Amhara, Benishangul Gumuz , Tigray and South Ethiopia Peoples' states.

He said preparations have been finalized to launch construction of the universities and enroll students in 2003 E.C academic year.

The officer said the government has attached due attention for the expansion of higher learning institutions in the country.

Construction of the universities would create jobs for the local people


List of State Universities in Ethiopia not including the 10 to be built

Source: Ministry of Education

  1. Addis Ababa University*
  2. Adama (Nazareth)University*
  3. Haromaya/Alemaya University*
  4. Jimma University*
  5. Bahrdar University*
  6. Mekele University
  7. Hawassa University*
  8. Arbaminch University*
  9. Gondar University*
  10. Dilla University*
  11. Soddo University
  12. Mizan/Tepi University
  13. Mada walabu University
  14. Wollega University
  15. Debre Markos University
  16. Desie/Kombolcha University
  17. Debre Berhan University
  18. Axum University
  19. Diredawa University
  20. Jijiga University
  21. Semera University

By 2010 over 121,000 new students will be enrolled in the 13 new extended universities that the University Capacity Building Program (UCBP) is building.

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