Addis Ababa, October 14, 2010 – 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 Faculities 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.
Source : ENA