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International Deans’ Course Training Under way

International Deans’ Course for Africa 2019/20, Part III training is under way at Hilton Addis Ababa Hotel from 4-7 February 2020.

The training is jointly organized by Addis Ababa University, The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK). It focuses on strategic and practical issues in Higher Education Management.

Prof. Abebe Dinku, Vice president for Institutional Development, on the opening session stated that many people face practical challenges in relation to managing skills when they are appointed as deans and department heads for institutions. Hence, managers of Higher Education need training and require diverse skills in order to do their jobs more effectively, he added. African experts and German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) jointly developed curricula on Higher Education Management, Financial Management, Entrepreneurship, Conflict Management and offered these trainings to participants came from ten African Countries towards meeting this need, Prof. Abebe elaborated.

Dr. Emebet Mulugeta, Academic vice president of AAU, on her welcoming speech mentioned that higher education in developing countries including Africa, face several challenges due to fast changing environment, technological advancement, massive flow of information and knowledge, a number of political economic and social changes. All these require qualified, well experienced and empowered leadership according to her. She hopes that conducting this training will have great contribution in achieving what is priory intended.

Ms. Brita Wagner, Ambassador for the Republic of Germany, noted in her remarks that her government is supporting these kinds of initiatives and feels very proud to see these events have been imitated by the German Academic Exchange Service. It is good to see that they are active in these field because science and higher learning are not confined to countries or into continents, she added. According to the Ambassador, Ethiopia is a country where this is a deliberate attempt towards making higher education really successful. She further expressed this point as “I feel this step in much a better way than many other countries I know”.

The four days training which is focused on strategic and practical issues in Higher Education Management, further intensifies the Future of Universities in the Digital Age and Taking the University Leadership Training to the Next Level: An example from Kenya’s experience will be delivered.

By Tenagnework Mekonenn

Photographer: Fikremariam Beyene