A workshop on capacity development was recently conducted for leaders and lecturers at the Ethiopian Universities of Applied Sciences

The Ethiopian Academy of Sciences (#EAS) and the FDRE Ministry of Education (#MoE), in partnership with the #GIZ, have launched a comprehensive training program for leaders and lecturers at Ethiopian universities of applied sciences. The proposed project intends to support the transformation process by providing capacity-building training for lecturers and management staff and organizing a common platform for the industry sector and UASS Specifically, the project aim is:

Train 150 faculty and administrators at all levels through a pool of certified trainers and assess the impact of the training through mandatory implementation of transfer project upon completion of the training. At least 50% of the trainees have to implement transfer project.

The training program covers a wide range of topics, including dual study programs employability, didactics. These sessions are designed to empower educators with the tools they need to create engaging and effective learning environments that foster critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

By investing in the professional development of educators, the EAS, MoE, and GIZ are helping to build a strong foundation for the future of Ethiopia’s education system. Through this partnership, teachers and lecturers are better equipped to inspire and educate the next generation of leaders, innovators, and change-makers.

The program aims to empower educators with the ability to exchange experiences with their counterparts in Germany and improve their teaching methodologies. This will ultimately result in the production of high-caliber applied science students who can compete on the global arena. The project is a crucial component of the Ethio-German Sustainable Training and Education Program, which is being executed in partnership with the German and Ethiopian governments.

The program has enlisted the expertise of highly experienced scholars from Germany to conduct a 3day capacity development training. This collaboration between the Ethiopian and German governments is a testament to their commitment to improving the quality of education in Ethiopia and ensuring that the country’s future leaders are equipped with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed.

More than 100 trainees from 15 (fifteen) Ethiopian universities have shared their experiences of taking measures to solve various problems. They are being given entrepreneurship training to help them become entrepreneurs and apply their theoretical knowledge in practice by creating linkages with manufacturing industries. This initiative is a step towards bridging the gap between academia and industry, which is crucial for the growth of the economy.

In addition, the EAS and the MoE, in collaboration with GIZ, have recognized the value of implementing the best practices of German-applied universities in Ethiopian applied universities. This initiative will enable graduates in the fields of applied science to become internationally competitive professionals. By adopting the best practices of German universities, Ethiopian universities can improve the quality of education and produce graduates who are well-equipped to meet the demands of the job market.

Overall, these efforts aim to equip students with the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed in their respective fields and contribute to the development of Ethiopia’s economy. The collaboration between academia and industry is crucial for the growth of the economy, and initiatives like these are a step in the right direction. By providing students with practical training and exposure to the industry, they can become job creators instead of job seekers.