HU signs MoUs with GIE and MIDI

HU signs MoUs with GIE and MIDI, Ministry of Mines, Ethiopia.

Dr. Ayano Berasso, President of HU, penned Memoranda of Understanding with two institutes under the Federal Ministry of Mines: Geological Institute of Ethiopia (GIE), and Mineral Industry Development Institute (MIDI), on March 13, 2023, at the Senate meeting Hall.

Upon the MoU signing ceremony, both institutes presented their profiles showcasing potential areas of collaboration with Hawassa University to the participants. His Excellency Mr. Thomas Tut, the State Minster, and Dr. Zufan Bedewi, Dean of the College of Natural and Computational Sciences, HU, were in attendance while the director generals of both institutes explained their respective units’ interests to collaborate with HU and other relevant research institutions to promote scientific research and innovation in the areas of mines and energy development of Ethiopia.

Dr. Ayano Berasso remarked that Hawassa University is one of the first generation universities differentiated as a research university striving to excel in identified priority areas among which is internationalization and partnership. The president mentioned the fact that HU has great potential to avail capable researchers and well established research infrastructure for partners from government and private sectors to collaborate on areas of mutual interest.

Dr. Ayano Berasso, President of HU, signed the MoU with Dr. Dejene Feyissa, Director General of GIE, and Dr. Guta Legesse, Director General of MIDI, respectively.

It was explained that selected areas of collaboration with GIE will be geological data collection and mapping, mineral potential exploration and development, and surveys of geothermal energy and petroleum potentials. Both parties expressed their interests to collaborate in research and development projects jointly in the fields of mineral exploration and development.

On the other hand, MIDI and HU agreed to collaborate on capacity-building, conducting joint researches, and running community development projects.

After the MoU signing ceremony, both teams have discussed the way forward and specific areas of collaboration with Dr. Zufan Bedewi, Dean of CNCS, and later visited the Petrography laboratory at the department of Geology, HU.

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