Addis Ababa Science and Technology University graduates its first batch Architects in the presence of high dignitaries from Ministry of Science and Technology, top management of the university and representative of partner industries on March, 12/2017.
The day’s guest of honor, Dr. Shumete Gizaw, Academic and Research Affairs G/Director at Ministry of Science and Technology said on the occasion that Ethiopia is witnessing a massive expansion of education that has never been since in the history of the country. Currently, he said, more than 27 million citizens are in school ranging from primary to higher level institutions. Investing heavily on education, mainly on higher education, will ultimately payoff. It changes the whole country for good and it plays a pivotal role in attaining the growth and transformation plan set by our government.
Dr. Nurelegne Teffera, President of the AASTU, in his part said that, the university is working vigorously to back and sustain the rapid economic growth and transformation that our country is undergoing through technological transfer, invention of new technologies and training of highly qualified personnel for the existing and upcoming industries. According to him, the six Centers of Excellence, which will be officially inaugurated and will be functional as of next academic year are highly relevant to the direction the country is moving. Furthermore, he continued, the draft curricula for Research based Masters and PhD programs are already reviewed by external reviewers and will be interconnected with the above-mentioned centers of excellence.
Regarding research activities, he said, much emphasis is given to it due to the nature of the university. Accordingly, he continued, a number of problem solving researches, including the six research projects which won the National Science, Technology and Innovation Research Council’s fund are currently conducted by AASTU researchers and academic staff.
Students who exceed in their education have received their degrees from the day’s guest of honor, Dr. Shumete Gizaw, Academic and Research Affairs G/Director at Ministry of Science and Technology and other AASTU higher officials.
Graduates are advised to develop their entrepreneurial skill rather than working as an employee.