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Five U.S.-Ethiopian Universities Partnerships To Receive U.S. Embassy Seed Money Grants

March 9th, 2011

Five U.S.-Ethiopian Universities Partnerships To Receive U.S. Embassy Seed Money Grants

Addis Ababa, March 9:
The Embassy of the United States of America today announced the results of a small grant competition to provide seed money for innovative partnerships between U.S. and Ethiopian universities. Five grants of $15,000 each will be awarded to new research, academic exchange and curriculum development partnerships between:

1. Wollo University/Langston University -- Development of a Center for Small Ruminant Artificial Insemination

2. Wolaita Sodo University/University of Florida – Archeology and Cultural Heritage Management Training

3. Jimma University/Cornell University – Clean-burning Cookstove Development Project

4. Hawassa University/Washington State University – Anthropology Teaching Support and Research Collaboration

5. Bahir Dar University/University of the District of Columbia – Research Partnership on Renewable Energy

U.S. Ambassador Donald E. Booth noted: “Ethiopia’s visionary expansion of tertiary education throughout the country opens up many educational opportunities. The U.S. Embassy is delighted to provide initial funding to support new and innovative collaborations and partnerships between higher education institutions in Ethiopia and in the U.S.”

The seed money competition was first announced at the December 2011 conference on “Building Sustainable U.S.-Ethiopian University Partnerships,” sponsored by the U.S. Embassy and the Institute of International Education, with support from the Ministry of Education. The objectives of the grant competition were to a) grow mutually beneficial and sustainable partnerships between U.S. and Ethiopian universities and colleges, b) introduce new higher education institutions to U.S. and Ethiopian partnerships, and c) strengthen the skills and experience of faculty and administrators in both countries in developing and implementing partnerships.

Ethiopia's Axum University gets 450 boxes of books from Metro State in Denver

November 20th, 2010

Ethiopia's Axum University gets 9-Ton of books from Metro State in Denver

A semi-truck parked at Metro State College on Saturday contained 450 boxes of books, which weighed nine tons.

It's an effort Metro State staff and a small group of students launched half a year ago.

"What a wonderful gift this is to the University of Axum," Dr. Ali Thobhani, Metro State's director of international studies, said.

The University of Axum in Ethiopia is 5 years old with about 5,000 students, but you wouldn't know it by looking at the library shelves.

"You see the library, most of the stacks are empty - nothing - and only a few books available," Thobhani said.

Last spring, Thobhani visited Axum University with other Metro State staff, including psychology professor, Dr. Mary Ann Watson.

"The libraries were just totally empty. It was just sad," Watson said.

The empty shelves prompted Metro State to launch a massive book drive.

"Between faculty, and the bookstore, and every department on campus, they contributed books to the book drive," Dr. Watson said.



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Educating Ethiopia: Quality or political control?

November 11th, 2010
Free primary and secondary schooling means enrolment has jumped

Educating Ethiopia: Quality or political control?

By Uduak Amimo BBC News, Addis Ababa

Private educators in Ethiopia have welcomed a grace period that allows them to demonstrate how they intend to comply with the government's new education policy to increase student enrolment in science and technology courses.

Ethiopia's Education Minister Demeke Mekonnen says it will make students more employable and service the country's development aspirations: Improving the quality of education in the country is one of the goals of the country's new five-year growth and transformation plan.

Ethiopia, one of the world's poorest countries but also one of Africa's fastest-growing economies, hopes to become a middle-income country by the year 2020.
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“Addressing quality education, whether they are members of the EPRDF or not, that is the issue of every citizen”
Demeke Mekonnen Education minister

But there has been a lot of confusion surrounding the ministry's directive

Local media reported in August that the education ministry had banned distance education.

It was reported that no new institutions, branches or courses could be started, they had also been instructed not to carry any advertisements for enrolment in private institutions.

The directive also stopped private institutions from offering teaching and law courses. In both instances, the reason given by the ministry of education was poor quality.

Critics of the government claim that the directives are intended to drive students to public institutions where they will be trained to think along government lines and become members of the governing coalition, the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF).


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Ethiopia lifts ban on distance education

October 26th, 2010
Nega Namaga

Ethiopia lifts ban on distance education

By Binyam Tamene

Source: Capital

Ethiopia's Federal Ministry of Education has lifted its ban on distance education, after a one-and-half month long negotiation with private institutions ended last week in agreement.
At the end of the last academic year, the Ministry scrapped all distance education programs of both private and public institutions in the country due to quality concerns.
This was made through a directive issued on August 26, 2010 and sent by the Higher Education Relevance and Quality Agency to industry stakeholders, including 64 private institutions.

Following that, the private institutions, led by Ethiopian Private Higher Education Institutions Association (EPHEIA), were engaged in various negotiations with the education minister “to clear the gray areas” and come to an understanding.
The two parties came to an agreement last Friday that lifted the banning of off-campus education and expansion of education programs along with opening new campuses by private institutions.

The agreement, however, was made under a condition of the private universities and colleges implementing government policy that forces them to outline their curriculum based on a strict 70 to 30 ratio between natural sciences and technology versus social sciences and humanity studies.

Based on the agreement, the private institutions will have a two year period after which they would be expected to fully implement the new curricula. According to Nega Namaga of EPHEIA, the agreement further entails a periodical scrutiny by the ministry before the private institutions graduate their students.
“It’s a fruit of a long negotiation and we are happy with the move the ministry made,” said Nega.

Based on the agreement, the ministry will lift its sanction of any regular new program, increment of student’s enrolment capacity, setting up new institutions, or even opening new branches for private institutions.

Concerning those institutions that have been offering postgraduate studies after entering a special contract with the government, they shall continue to do so under close periodic scrutiny and evaluation. It is only when it gets approved by the concerned authorities that they can admit new students.

Training of teachers and health workers, however, remains to be given solely to public institutions as the ministry still doubts the capability of private educational institutions.

Nega also pointed out that the Association will acquire its own Quality Assurance body in the future. “We are going to scrutinize ourselves and improve the service given by members of the association, but for that to happen, the government should support our endeavor,” said Nega.

The Federal Ministry of Education has lifted its ban on distance education, after a one-and-half month long negotiation with private institutions ended last week in agreement.

At the end of the last academic year, the Ministry scrapped all distance education programs of both private and public institutions in the country due to quality concerns.

This was made through a directive issued on August 26, 2010 and sent by the Higher Education Relevance and Quality Agency to industry stakeholders, including 64 private institutions.

Following that, the private institutions, led by Ethiopian Private Higher Education Institutions Association (EPHEIA), were engaged in various negotiations with the education minister “to clear the gray areas” and come to an understanding.

The two parties came to an agreement last Friday that lifted the banning of off-campus education and expansion of education programs along with opening new campuses by private institutions.

The agreement, however, was made under a condition of the private universities and colleges implementing government policy that forces them to outline their curriculum based on a strict 70 to 30 ratio between natural sciences and technology versus social sciences and humanity studies.

Based on the agreement, the private institutions will have a two year period after which they would be expected to fully implement the new curricula. According to Nega Namaga of EPHEIA, the agreement further entails a periodical scrutiny by the ministry before the private institutions graduate their students.

“It’s a fruit of a long negotiation and we are happy with the move the ministry made,” said Nega.

Based on the agreement, the ministry will lift its sanction of any regular new program, increment of student’s enrolment capacity, setting up new institutions, or even opening new branches for private institutions.

Concerning those institutions that have been offering postgraduate studies after entering a special contract with the government, they shall continue to do so under close periodic scrutiny and evaluation. It is only when it gets approved by the concerned authorities that they can admit new students.

Training of teachers and health workers, however, remains to be given solely to public institutions as the ministry still doubts the capability of private educational institutions.

Nega also pointed out that the Association will acquire its own Quality Assurance body in the future. “We are going to scrutinize ourselves and improve the service given by members of the association, but for that to happen, the government should support our endeavor,” said Nega

Ethiopia - AAU Faculty of Technology to become Institute of Technology

October 15th, 2010
Addis Ababa University Faculty of Technology Photo flickr

Ethiopia - AAU Faculty of Technology to become Institute of Technology

Ethiopia's Engineering Capacity Building Program (ecbp) said Faculty of Technology at Addis Ababa University and Bahir Dar University are to be transformed to Institute of Technologies. Here is the news as reported by Ethiopian News Agency.

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Source: ENA

Three Institutes of technologies (IOT) will be inaugurated on Friday, the Engineering Capacity Building Program (ecbp) said.

In a press conference he gave here on Wednesday, Capacity Building Program Director, Mebratu Melese said the establishment of the institutes will addresses the existing gap of highly qualified man power and relevant technology.

He said the institutes will be opened as part of the ongoing University Reform being undertaken in Ethiopia by the ecbp and the Ministry of Education.

Mebratu said the opening up of the institutes shows how the government gives due emphasis to tackle the problem related to trained manpower needed for industries, thereby promoting the industrial development of the country.

According to a press statement ecbp issued, the former Faculties of Technology are being transformed into efficient and effective Institutes of Technology (IOT).

The IOT’s that are managed by international academic experts during the transformation period will be a home for technology education, research and transfer to the economy.

Zewdu Kassa, Manager of the University Reform component of ecbp, states on his part that the modern teaching and learning practices that are being conducted in the new IOT’s is leading to a more educated workforce and more practical research.

The three IOT’s are: the Addis Ababa Institute of Technology (AAIT), the Bahir Dar Institute of Textile, Garment and Fashion Design (IOTEX), and Bahir Dar Institute of Technology (IOT BDU).

These new semi-autonomous IOT’s have been established in the process of the overall University Reform being conducted by the ecbp.

For the implementation of the overall university reform, the government of Ethiopia allocates 170 million Birr, the government of Germany 25 and European Union 11 million respectively.