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Arsi University launches two new programmes in the early of the New Year (2010E.C). From College of Agriculture and Environmental Science

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As education is supposed to bring changes, so is college of Agriculture and Environmental Science committed for changes. In a continual endeavour, thus, this news is being released soon after the consultative meeting was undertaken. On this occasion conceptual issues like degree nomenclature, objectives, duration of the study, demand and commencement of both disciplines etc were being discussed by the participants. Accordingly, on this occasion the following two disciplines were entirely endorsed: Animal Health at undergraduate or B.Sc level and Animal Production at postgraduate or M.Sc Program.

At Senate Hall, thus, all the participants were come together from near and far as has been expected by the organizers. The Research and Community Service vice-dean, Mr. Oli Wakeyo had introduced the objectives of the consultation meeting. Then, Dr, Abiot Dedefo, college dean welcomed the participants and announced that the program is formally opened.

The university scholars Dr. Behailu Assefa, Mr. Berhanu Mamo and Mr. Deneke Negassa reported the need assessment carried out on both programs. They also gave a short and comprehensive brief to the attendants. Then, all the stakeholders i.e., teachers, farmers, workers and former students were actively participating to contribute to the quality level of both programs. Accordingly, need assessment has been carried out to ascertain the launching course of action on both disciplines and programs.

  1. 1.Animal Health at undergraduate or B.Sc level

SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES  

The specific objectives of the program are

  • to produce competent animal sciences professionals who could serve as experts and entrepreneurs.
  • to produce professionals who carry out extension activities in animal sciences.
  • to participate in animal sciences research activities.
  • to develop professionals with positive attitude to rural development including responsibility, dedication, hard work, accuracy and team work.
  • to produce professionals who can give consultative services to solve problem of animal sciences for various community groups.
  • to produce innovative graduates with good professional ethics and responsibility to work towards national development goals.
  • to produce professionals who have technical innovation in animal sciences development.

Entry Requirement: As per the requirements of the Ministry of Education (MoE).

  • Successful completion of the Ethiopian Secondary Schools (10 +2 Program) with natural science background.
  • Advance standing placement for holders of diploma in animal science and/or related fields who met the criteria set by the department,
  • Special admission, admission as part-time students, admission for students with general certificate of education equivalent to the preparatory program and students who seeks to transfer from other higher learning institutions of equivalent standard to the program may be granted admission provided that they qualify the respective admission criteria of the department.
  • All other admission requirements of the university including pass points in its entrance examination.

Graduate profile:

Upon completion of the B.Sc. program, the graduate will be able to:

  • work as professionals in research institutions, private sector, government and non government organizations and contribute to the development of the livestock sector of the country.
  • realize scientific methods of raising farm animals either directly as entrepreneur or indirectly through extension.
  • design and conduct research geared towards enhancement of livestock production.
  • consult/advice in the area of livestock development.
  • train at Universities/Colleges and conduct researches
  • manage livestock sector.
  • plan/devise livestock development projects.
  • supervise livestock development activities.
  • be capable to integrate livestock production with other farming enterprises.
  • manage animal feed processing plants.
  • process livestock products and by-products

Need assessment

It was carried out under the following three levels:

  1. Organizations that could recruit graduates: Tiyo district, East Shoa, Alage TVET, Adama district etc.
  2. Students who had graduated from different organizations
  3. The readiness, especially the number of scholars available and the need of the institution itself.
  1. 2.Curriculum for M.Sc Program in Animal Production

Mr. Deneke Negassa explained the lay hold of the mind and the key findings of the need assessment that had been carried out at different levels. As he said, it was a tough time for the department to compile and interpret data from 19 different offices that have different natures of their own. For this purpose 10 questions had been appropriately framed and dispatched to 3 different zones. These were Arsi, West Arsi and East Shoa zones respectively. Based on norm and ethical issues, the statistical data were being handled and interpreted. Consequently, the available data shows that 67.3 % of the respondents were with Animal Science background. Among these respondents, 85.7 %were male and 14.3% were Females. From these, 59.2% of them affirmed that there was a concordance on training and practice at ground level in Animal Production at M.Sc level.

 

Questions, comments and suggestions given by the participants:

  1. The need assessment for Animal Health department was done four years back. Many developments could happen since then. Thus, how much we rely on the feasibility of the study?
  2. Is there equipped laboratory in which students can take enough practice at this College?
  3. What about the skilled man power? Does the college have qualified teachers in the field?
  4. Different people from different organizations have been showing their need to pursue their education at M.Sc program. However, there was no opportunity because of no qualified teachers. Do you think that this is effectively alleviated?
  5. On Animal production discipline, enough emphasis should be accorded to affairs like animal breeding, milk production, animal health etc.
  6. There is a high demand on the skilled man power. The scarcity happened as a result of lack of institutions that produce qualified and competent trained manpower. Thus, the University provide opportunities to those who are engaged on working with a diploma level training. Even the B.Sc holders need this training to upgrade during weekend at Shashamane and its suburbs.
  7. Basic, Industry related and current issue courses should be covered.
  8. Arsi University is the only educational institution which has geographical proximity to many woredas of Arsi zone and West Arsi zone. As it is required, the University should give supports as required based on needs in dire of the communities.
  9. Quality and competent professionals are strongly demanded elsewhere. Our Universities are proliferating intellectuals at any level. Really are they performing better than the rest of others who are working without degree or if they are with masters’ degree better than undergraduates who are around us?

To all questions and suggestions raised above, the presenters gave ample explanations to the audience. On some of them they vowed to consolidate situations and to bring changes in the near future.

 

Summary

The following are tip-ups from the scholars of the University:

  • The University should operate in 100km radius from its centre. This is basically relied on provisions that are being given by the Ministry of Education (MoE).
  • Program visibility – there are ample scholars or researchers in the field.
  • College of Agriculture and Environmental Science is one of the two center-of-excellences of the University. Thus, it is expected to intervene on problems that the University may encounter.
  • Courses can be adapted or adopted. Therefore, the department can undertake any sort of changes that would like to take place.
  • Modes of delivery (Regular, Extension, Summer etc) and the number of credit hours are as per the Legislation of the University.
  • As had been expected, trainers must be problem solvers.
  • Courses should lead to research. Hence, there should be a linkage between courses being delivered and the practical ground; therefore, the graduates will become problem solvers.
  • The University will focus on quality not on quantity of trainees. Accordingly, if quality must make sense as if it were expected to make sense, we have to work for it.
  • Relevance should be taken into consideration. For instance, ways of training and Courses delivery will focus on the existing practice and relevance to the ways in which our farmers life, climatic conditions, topography etc.
  • Avoid dealing with maladjusted systems since they’re preventative, discouraging, and delay works.

Finally, both programs were being successfully endorsed and applauded by all the partisanship like stake holders, scholars, farmers, former students, and different staff members. On this event, therefore, they all appreciated efforts made by the College in general and by the scholars of the university in particular.

Contact information:

Dr. Abiot Dedefo, Dean of the College.

Phone Number:

Office phone: +251 223314835

Address: Asella Town, Arsi zone, Ethiopia, East Africa

Website: www. Arsiun.edu.et

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