Universities Colleges graduate 4,769 students

Universities Colleges graduate 4,769 students


Addis Ababa, July 9 (WIC)—Several Ethiopian higher learning institutions Saturday graduated 4,769 students with degrees and diplomas in various fields of study.


The Addis Ababa University (AAU) , Ethiopia's largest Center of learning, graduated 3,067 students.  Some 16 of the graduates were PhD students, while 277 MA and MSC students.


In his convocation speech, University President Mogessie Ashenafi noted that over the last 50 years, the university has played a pivotal role in producing trained manpower in various disciplines.


The President, however, indicated that in spite of its long history, the AAU was faced with many challenges that threaten to hinder its activities.


According to Mogessie, shortages of qualified instructors, low pay, shortage of educational materials, including reference books, are some of the problem that weighs heavily on the University.


The University has been engaged in an extensive dialogue with the government, the private sector and non-governmental organizations as part of a restructuring program underway, he said.


Professor Mogesse added the University has designed a new curriculum with the view to upgrading the quality of education being offered at the AAU.


The Alamaya university of Agriculture (AUA), also yesterday graduated 669 students. Graduations were also held at the Nazreth Technical College, Maichew Technical College, the Adwa Teachers Training Institute, The Ethiopian Mass Media Training Institute, and the Adigrat Technical Training Center.  They all graduated a total of 1,825 students.