Hawassa University won Grants from NORHED

Hawassa University has won grants for four grand projects proposed by its different academic units some in partnership with foreign and local universities. Two projects from the Main Campus and two others from the College of Agriculture have secured funding from NORHED/NORAD for staff capacity building (Masters and PhD), collaborative research and training.

The two projects at the Main Campus are one from College of Social Science & Humanities- School of Language & Communication Study and the other is from College of Law & Governance from Governance & Development Studies. The two projects are entitled “Linguistic Capacity Building – Tools for the inclusive development of Ethiopia”and ‘Institutional Cooperation for Capacity Building of Universities and Local Authorities for Democratic and Economic Governance in South Sudan and Ethiopia (ICBULGOV)’ respectively.

The project entitled “Linguistic Capacity Building – Tools for the inclusive development of Ethiopia” is set to research on Ethiopian Languages and Cultures which are endangered.  The PhD program is to be hosted by Addis Ababa University; Oslo and Hawassa Universities are collaborating on it.  Moreover, there are Masters programmes to be hosted by Addis Ababa and Hawassa Universities. The project creates opportunity for Academic staff from Hawassa and Addis Ababa Universities to pursue their PhDs, at least 50% opportunity being prioritized for women faculty in the respective Departments. Masters Scholarship opportunities are also expected for academic staff both at AAU & HwU. The Southern Nations, Nationalities & People’s Region, SNNPRG, which is the mosaic of cultures and people, is expected to benefit a lot from this big venture.

In the second project- ‘Institutional Cooperation for Capacity Building of Universities and Local Authorities for Democratic and Economic Governance in South Sudan and Ethiopia (ICBULGOV)’- Hawassa University collaborates with the University of Juba, South Sudan and UMB, Norway. This project is also set to create opportunities for HwU’s staff to pursue their PhD’s. There will also be Masters Scholarship opportunities for HwU’s female graduates. What is special about this project is that it caters for short-term training opportunities for about 250 local leaders at different levels.  A tuition waiver scholarship scheme is also expected to benefit about 60 local officials. At last, the project also establishes a Center for Policy and Development Research at HwU.

Of the two grand projects to be hosted by HwU’s college of Agriculture one is on Climate Smart Agriculture and the other is in the area of Biotechnology and Tissue culture. The two projects are also comprehensive endeavors having staff capacity building (both at PhD and Masters Level), collaborative research and training undertakings as their priority. Both of the projects are expected to contribute to the government objectives in achieving a Food-secured nation and, consequently, serve the wider community.

The successful execution of these five year projects could foster HwU’s stride towards achieving its vision.  

Hawassa University has launched its brand new software to strengthen teaching learning process.

Hawassa University has launched its brand new software called Student Information System to strengthen teaching learning process.

The software is mainly designed and developed by the ICT Directorate Staffs of the university. It has two kinds of version to satisfy the user requirements. These are the desktop application and web based system. The software was developed for the Registrar and Alumni Directorate and other teachers/ lecturers and students to process and manipulate the student records in short period of time that helps to strengthen the teaching learning process.

In general terms this software is a desktop and web-based application that helps to manage the student information commonly called registrar system. It helps different sectors of the university to manage the student information throughout the university (i.e. in different campuses and colleges the university has) .It has four basic modules that are classified to make it flexible and easy to manage. These modules are Admission module, Grade Module, Configuration Module and Student Module, Reports module and Help and Support Modules. Its basic uses are admission of different types of admission that the university is admitting on, the grade submission of the teacher though students online portal, printing different kind of reports as needed like the ad-hoc reports and regular reports such as the registration slip ,grade report, student list, student copy , student placement for the dormitory and many more.

In addition to this the system has auto update functionality which helps to fix bugs and repair as the error occurs and the update is required. Therefore system has the following additional features:

  • Amharic support
  • Easy upload of excel files
  • Top notch Report styles
  • Top notch scratch and custom search support
  • Ad-hoc reporting
  • New web based student service system
  • Online grade reporting system
  • Extremely easy way of conversion in working with ECTS and Conventional grading system
  • Allows decentralization of information dissemination
  • Strong multi-level security system
  • Allows secure account transfer for selected office tasks when necessary
  • Encryption implementation for secure data like passwords and log files
  • Alert responsible personnel during sensitive data update on the centralized database and putting all necessary information regarding the change made.
  • Excellent database design to maximize performance when computing large amount of data
  • Designed by paving the way for future system expansion and integration
  • Easy and secure academic file storage and access both for students and teachers
  • Online grade submission for teachers
  • Chatting
  • Photo storage
  • Remote updating

To sum up the system is expected to increase the efficiency of the college’s record management, decrease time required to access and deliver student records, decrease data duplication, increase data integrity, increase user access and convenience, decrease time spent on non-value added tasks and increase ability of staff to better serve the student population.

Developers of the system are Simon Tiruneh, Getachew Kumara, Dessalegn Mengesha and Samuel Tesfaye.


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