International University Partnership for the Establishment of Postgraduate Programmes in Ethiopia aims to improve the quality and relevance of teaching in Engineering and Technology so that Ethiopia is able to produce its own engineers on a sustainable basis. The project seeks to establish postgraduate programmes at Masters and PhD levels in the area of Engineering and Technology at selected Institutes of Technology (IoTs) / Science and Technology Universities (STUs) in Ethiopia, in collaboration with International University Partnerships.
The project exists within the context of the rapid expansion of higher education in Ethiopia, the shortage of adequate qualified members of staff, and the need to focus on national and local socio-economic development agendas.
The aim of this collaboration is to offer high-quality postgraduate products and services in Ethiopia that create long lasting, sustainable and systematic impact on the development of Ethiopia’s higher education sector as well as its socio-economic aspirations. In so doing it will be aligned with government strategies such as the Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP) and the current Education Sector Development Plan (ESDP).
- to improve the quality and relevance of teaching in Engineering and Technology so that Ethiopia is able to produce its own engineers on a sustainable basis
- establish postgraduate programmes at Masters and PhD levels in the area of Engineering and Technology at selected IoTs / STUs, with the help of International University Partnerships.
The project has both long and short term aspirations. In the short term, the project will build the capacity of academic instructors in Ethiopian universities (in IoTs and STUs plus staff in Engineering faculties of other universities) in selected disciplines of engineering and technology. In the long term, it is anticipated that Ethiopian centres of excellence will enable sharing of best practice with other institutions, create new external funding opportunities, engage in global engineering agendas, and develop new international links. It is expected that this approach will allow capacity building in the sub-Saharan area and eventually beyond.
HEP is divided into three different Lots for the separate PhD and MA programmes. Following the procurement exercise, we selected two international partner universities which are Group T/Leuven University and Texas University to work with the IoTs. Leuven with cover Lot1 and 2 for HEP and Texas Lot 3. We are now in the process of drafting the contractual agreement between the British Council and the partner universities. They will then progress to sign a MoU with the IoTs
The total budget of the programme is 3,169,330 Euros.