Hawassa University evaluate its collaborative projects.

Nov. 01 & 02/2017 marked historic for HU as it, for the first time in its history, deliberated to review the collaborative engagements on progress and on the pipeline in presence of its top leadership as well as project coordinators at the Senate Hall. 

 

On the welcoming speech of this event Dr. Tesfaye Abebe, VP for Research and Technology Transfer, said the University executes great activities through this but so far not well-organized coordination has been in place that negatively impacted both the workers and the institution. But now, new office, Collaborative Projects Coordination Office (CPCO), has been in place, led by Dr. Mebratu Mulatu, and this review workshop will be just a start in the new direction the University is going regarding handling these projects.

Ato Ayano Beraso, HU president, in his opening speech appreciated the collaborative projects focal persons for taking the initiative and bearing the burden of writing quality proposals that won tense international competitions and executing successful projects in the last several years in which the University community as well as the nation benefited in many ways. But, the president added, the University didn’t make strong follow up and support to these projects which enforced it to report only the activities performed by the budget from the state treasury and hence reflected only part of the huge work the institution is performing. This also put the workers not well understood & rewarded for the excellent commitment they shown but now the University is on a new path towards the point. Accordingly it is expected that the CPCO and the HU Corporate Communications and Marketing Directorate that oversees the International Relations will work under close supervision by the top leadership to ensure full implementation of collaborations initiated, capacity building for HU community on collaborative projects initiation and management as well as annual plan & quarterly report submission of these engagements which will be included in the report the University regularly submits to its board, MoE & the Federal Parliament.

The attendants also appreciated the University for this initiation and expressed some concerns they are facing while handling this collaborations. The University leadership set direction on all of these concerns and expressed commitment to hold such reviews at least once in a year and close communications through different fora throughout the year.

It is learnt that currently some 50 collaborative projects, listed below, are on progress and more are on the pipeline expected to come to this list as well as mature to become full-fledged joint ventures shortly.

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