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Bright Friday, December 15th 2017, bright Friday but not as usual that people like for its start of weekend; it is bright because Assela was decorated by flags and banners that congratulate the first International Research Conference hosted by Arsi University posted in public places declaring the conference is on the core theme entitled as “Enhancing Sustainable Development through Innovative Research and Community Services”. Participants from Canada, USA, Europe,Kenya, and Ethiopia got together at beautiful Arsi Zone Oromo people’s Democratic Organization building, Oda Roba hall – named after one of the five Oromo Gada System wisdom centers.

Dr. Adem Kedir, Director, Research and Publication Directorate

The conference scheduled for two days 15th – 16th December 2017. This demanding conference started by blessings of Oromo cultural elders and Abba Gadas as usual everywhere in Oromiya National Regional State. Describing the objectives of the conference, Dr. Adem Kedir, Director of Research and Publication Directorate of Arsi University, said that Arsi University, established in 2014/15 with the objectives of providing teaching, research and community services. Research helps to achieve both the teaching and community service objectives by providing scientific evidence for efficient and effective planning and actions. Research also helps strengthening the internal service provisions of the university. He added also that today’s conference theme was picked from the resolution adopted by the United Nations Post-2015 development agenda (October 12, 2015) and that the intentions of the agenda include to end poverty and hunger everywhere; to combat inequalities within and among countries; to build peaceful, just and inclusive societies; to protect human rights and promote gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls; to ensure the lasting protection of the planet and its natural resources; to create conditions for sustainable, inclusive and sustained economic growth, shared prosperity and decent work for all. These ambitions, according to Adem, need innovative research and community service,

keeping other things constant, not the usual ways of doing research and providing community services, and thus the theme of the conference was coined.

The objective of the conference was to create the forum for learning from one another and source of input for scientific advancement and policy changes that could help meeting the sustainable development goals with the fastest speed possible and required quality, Adem stressed.

Dr. Kasim Kimo, Research and Community Service Vice President

Dr. Kasim Kimo, Vice President of Research and Community Service of Arsi University welcomed the participants and described the past conference organizations of the university and how the current conference became the reality.He thanked all the participants’, Arsi University staff and the Research and Publication Director for preparing such an excellent conference and invited Dr. Duguma Adugna, President of Arsi University, to make the opening speech. Dr.Duguma appreciated the participants, especially those who came from abroad, and forwarded important directions to be followed by the staff and the participants.Arsi University’s contribution to the local, national and regional development was an important part of his speech.

Dr. Duguma Adugna, President

Dr. Hussein Hamda, from the University of Manitoba Canada, uploaded the theme of the research conference through briefing the historical background of concept of sustainable development, and its relevance to present Ethiopian development stage and strategies. He presented also experiences of different countries and highlighted the opportunities and challenges of meeting the sustainable development goals with the fastest possible speed and the required quality. His speech fetched lots of appreciations from the participants.

Dr. Hussein Hamda, Keynote Speaker, Canada, Manitoba

Three papers were presented in the plenary session after the tea break. These papers were on the design and analysis of agricultural experiments, on the government developments strategies from Kenya and on laboratory errors in the total testing process in the clinical laboratory. These presentations attracted hot and fruitful discussion and ended on 1:00 pm.

After having delicious lunch at Derartu Hotel – hotel owned by Colonel Derartu Tullu, the renowned female Ethiopian athlete who also was born and grown in Arsi– participants relocated themselves based on their research interest at different halls; (a) Agriculture and Environmental Science at Dhadacha Qitibe hall, (b) Socioeconomics at Haro Qerro hall, and (c) Health Sciences at Oda Roba hall. At each parallel session six papers were presented and discussions were made. First day conference ended at 5:30PM with pleasure. The same parallel sessions also continued in the same rooms on the second day morning. Here also excellent papers were presented by professionals from different countries and universities.To mention one among papers presented at Haro Qerro hall “Analysis of the Political Ramifications of the Politics of Identity Visibility in Contemporary Ethiopia” by Dr. Jeylan Woliye of Haramaya University attracted attention of most participant at the hall. At every hall discussions were completed before lunch.

The invited papers presentations were held at the plenary session at Oda Roba hall in the afternoon, before tea break. These include “Optimization of Science and Technology Landscapes and Knowledge Generation in Higher Education System for Survival and Economic Development of the Nation” by Prof Endashaw Bekele(Member of Administrative board of Arsi University) from Addis Ababa University; “The interplay between Environmental Education, Population and Sustainable Development in Ethiopia” by Dr. Ahmed Hussein from Addis Ababa University and “The controversies around the P- value Statistic” by Prof. Tessema Astatike, from Canada. These second day plenary session presentations also fetched lots of appreciations and created the opportunity for hot discussion. Dr.Abebe Kebede, from USA, also shared his experience on how to make link between our staff and the organizations and the Diaspora.

Presentations of summaries from parallel sessions and general discussion were made after the tea break of the second day. The overall coordinator of the

conference and chairman of the session, Dr. Adem Kedir, invited the participants

to give comments and raise questions on the conference. Mr. Manaye Abera, from Ministry of Education, appreciated the overall preparation of the conference detailing the examples for his saying so. Female instructors leading presentation sessions, the way the university involved young staff in the conference for producing future leaders, and stakeholder participation were among points that attracted Manaye’s appreciations. He advised the university to converts some of these presentations into community service projects and emphasize on education quality and hoped Arsi University to be center of excellence for research.

Dr. Sultan Suleman, from Jimma University started commenting by saying“Initially I came from Jimma to share our experience to Arsi University, but I

found that Arsi University is the University that gives other universities a lot of best experiences”. He promised also to work closely with Arsi University,

especially in supporting the Oromo Research Center. Abba Gadas, presenters,invited guests and religious leaders applauded Arsi University for preparing suchan excellent conference, on which 40 scientific papers were presented.

Finally the two day conference ended by words of thanks by Dr. Adem Kedir,closing speech and ways forward by Dr. Duguma Adugna, and blessings of Aba Gadas and country elders.

 

አርሲ ዩኒቨርሲቲ ከኦርቢስ ኢንተርናሽናል ጋር በመተባበር በአርሲ ሮቤ ሆስፒታል ፣በጎቤሳ ሆስፒታል ከህዳር 13/3/2010-30/03/2010 ነፃ የዓይን ህክምና አገልግሎት ሰጠ፡፡

የአርሲ ዩኒቨርሲቲ የአካዳሚክስ ጉዳዮች ም/ፕሬዝዳት ዶ/ር ሂርጶ ጤኖ በህክምና ማዕከላቱ የተገኙ ሲሆን ዩኒቨርሲቲው ከተቋቋመባቸው ዓላዎች አንዱ የማህበረሰብ አገልግሎ እንደመሆኑ መጠን ነፃ የዓይን ህክምናውም የዚሁ አካል ነው ብለዋል፡፡ ዶ/ር ሂርጶ አክለው ዩኒቨርሲቲዉ ከዚህ በፊትም ተመሳሰይ አገልግሎቶችን እየሰጣ መቆየቱንና ለወደፊትም አጠናከረው እነደምቀጥሉ በመጠቆም በአሁኑ እድል ተጠቃሚ ያልሆኑት በማንኛውም ጊዜ ወደ አርሲ ዩኒቨርሲቲ አሰላ ማስተማሪያና ሪፈራል ሆስፒታል በመምጣት አገልግሎቱን ማግኘት እንደሚችሉ አስረድተዋል፡፡

ከህዳር 13-30/2010 በተካሄደው ነፃ የዓይን ህክምና አገልግሎት ያገኙት ታካሚዎች እንዳስረዱን ከሆነ ከዚህ በፊት ዓይናቸውን ለመታከም በተለያዩ የጤና ተቋማት በመገኘት አገልግሎት ለማግኘት ቢፈልጉም ለህክምና የሚጠየቁት ወጪ ከአቅማቸው በላይ መሆኑ ህክምናውን ሲያገኙ እንደቆዩ ገልፀዋል፡፡ ተካሚዎቹ የዚህ ዕድል ተጠቃሚ በመሆናቸውና ማየት የተሳነው ዓይኖቻቸው በርቶ በማግኘታቸው እጅግ በጣም ደስተኞች እንደሆኑ የገለፁ ሲሆን አርሲ ዩኒቨርሲቲ ይህንን ዓይነት መልካም ዕድል ስለፈጠረላቸው ለዩኒቨርሲቲው የላቀ ምስጋና አቅርበዋል፡፡ በአርሲ ሮቤ ዙሪያ ከሚገኙ ወረዳዎች ለህክምናው ከተመዘገቡት ውስጥ ለ881 ታካሚዎች ምርመራ የተደረገላቸው ሲሆን ከዚህ ውስጥ 104 ለሚሆኑት ደግሞ የዓይን ሞራና ሌሎች ተያያዥ ቀዶ ጥገና ተደርጎላቸው ወደ ቤታቸው ተመልሰዋል፡፡ በተጨማሪም ከ25-30 በጎቤሣ ዙሪያ ከሚገኙት ወረዳዎች የተመዘገቡት ውስጥ ከ996 በላይ ለምሆኑ ምርመራ የተደረገ ሲሆን 88 ለሚሆኑ ቀዶ ጥገና ተደረገላቸዋል፡፡ በአጠቃላይ ከ አንድ ሺ ስምንት መቶ ሰዎች በላይ በዕደሉ ተጠቃሚ መሆናቸውን መረዳት ተችሏል፡፡

 

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