May 14, 2016: A closing workshop for the Joint Venture (JV) between Mekelle University (MU) and Adama Science and Technology University (ASTU) to provide Consultancy Services to the ADAMA II WIND FARM Project was successfully held today in the presence of H.E. Dr. Debretsion Gebremichael, Coordinator of the Finance and Economy Cluster with the rank of DPM and Minister of MCIT, Presidents and members of management, heads of respective schools and units from both universities and invited guests.
The workshop was to held share the experiences gained during the project period of over two years and draw recommendations for the way forward. A welcoming remark was given by Prof. Jang Gyu Lee, President of the ASTU. He pointed out that such involvement paves the way for local capacity building and Technology transfer. Dr. Kindeya Gebrehiwot, President of MU, on his opening speech explained how the innovative management and structure followed made a lasting impact towards the success of the JV. He expressed the readiness and interest of the universities to scale up their achievements in various sectors.
Dr. Mulu Bayray, the Project Manager of the JV delivered a presentation on the overall experiences gained in the technical and other related topics in further detail. The presentation was followed by a general discussion session during which participants made key remarks on their impression and the way forward.
H.E. Dr. Debretsion in his concluding remarks pointed out that universities are mandated to conduct consultancy services. He underlined that the government is equally committed to further the role of universities beyond consultancy works. While he recommended that the consultancy services be directed to the level of international benchmarks through acquiring standards, he advised the universities to prepare themselves for the next challenges: involving in the actual construction and technology development of various mega and large scale projects which are planned by the government of Ethiopia. He added that the government is looking forward to engaging other universities with similar projects and proper documentation of this JV is expected to be shared.
The ASTU - MU JV which was established on July 2013 following the joint award to both universities by the then EEPCo for the consultancy service of the Adama II Wind Power Project. To realize the project, both universities have pulled 17 experts from Civil, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering departments.
A site visit and a recognition session through which all parties and individuals who contributed for the successful completion of the JV were part of the closing workshop program.
The JV Consultancy Service is the first of its kind for Ethiopia Higher Education Institutions and its success is as remarkable as it is a best practice to take lessons from.