Dr. Abebe Ejigu has been appointed as Vice President for Support Services of Mekelle University, a position vacated by the former V/P Dr. Tesfamichael Gebreyohannes, who now heads the Office of Water Resources of the Regional State of Tigray.
Dr. Abebe, an Associate Professor, has had a blend of extensive academic/research as well as managerial experiences with a number of research publications and serving the university in different positions at different times.
Dr. Abebe has had his BA in Management and Public Administration and his MSc. in Information Management from Addis Ababa University in addition to his Master Degree in Public Policy (MPP) with Dean’s Award for distinguished Performance from National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), Tokyo, Japan. He has had his PhD in Agricultural Marketing and Supply Chain Management from Catholic University of Leuven (KU Leuven), Belgium. He has also been a Post-doc research fellow at College of Graduate Studies, SARChI chair for social policy, UNISA, South Africa.
In his two-decades service in the university, Dr. Abebe was a Head of the Departments of Management and Human Resources Development, Coordinator of the MBA Program, the University’s Head of Higher education reform office and the university’s Director of Academic Programs Directorate. Dr. Abebe’s CV is decorated with more than 30 research publications and presentations at international platforms.
In what is the first of its kind in the history of Ethiopian Higher Education institutions, Mekelle University held International Conference on Women in Science, Innovation and Development which brought together women scholars and leaders from various sectors and different corners of the world for three days from 10 to 12 April, 2017 at Mitiku Haile Hall, Main Campus, MU.
Prof. Fetien ABay, MU’s Vice President for Research and Community Services
Prof. Fetien ABay, the head organizer of the conference and MU’s Vice President for Research and Community Services, warmly welcomed the participants underlining the significance of such conferences towards scientifically mainstreaming gender in science, innovation and development while also expressing her gratitude to all who took part in making the conference come true.
Dr. Kindeya Gebrehiwot, the President of MU
Dr. Kindeya Gebrehiwot, the President of MU, made an opening speech at the beginning of the conference applauding the organizers and invited participants of the international conference and accentuating his and the university’s commitment towards ensuring gender balance. He also expressed his hope that such conference would ‘bring strong women in sustainable network which can help encourage the next generation of women to pursue careers in science, advance technology and create innovative ideas.’
H.E. Demitu Hambisa, Minister of Women and Children Affairs, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
Keynote addresses were also made by H.E. Demitu Hambisa, Minister of Women and Children Affairs, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, and H.E. Mahbuba Adem, State Minister of Justice, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, respectively calling for a better stake for women in Science and Technology and an enabling legal regime for women participation in science and innovation.
H.E. Mahbuba Adem, State Minister of Justice, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
An exhibition, as part of the conference, was then opened by H.E. Demitu Hambisa and Dr. Kindeya Gebrehiwot.
The Exhibition being inagurated by H.E. Demitu Hambisa and Dr. Kindeya Gebrehiwot
The first plenary session that focused on Women in Science and Innovation then followed where Dr. Judith Francis (Senior Program Coordinator, Sciences and Technology policy and executive secretary of the European Platform on Agricultural Development, CTA, Netherlands), Dr. Ann Waters Bayer (Rural Development: Royal Tropical Institute (KIT), Netherlands/ Germany), Dr. Wanjiru KamauRutenberg (Director of African Women in Agricultural Research and Development/AWARD), Dr. Aster Gebrekirstos (ICRAF), and Prof. Fetien Abay (Vice President for Research and Community Services: Mekelle University) made presentations on topics like African women in science and innovation and Agenda 2063: the Africa we want, Women in trans-disciplinary research: interacting with citizen's science and innovation, Agriculture-driven prosperity for Africa: unlocking African potential through gender-responsive agriculture, Knowledge gap on climate change and its impacts in Africa: need for collective action, and Unlocking the potential of Biodiversity for health and Nutrition (seed food health): an evidence from gender inclusive research, respectively.
Panelists of the first and second plenary sessions in discussion
The second plenary session that was on Open Science, Education, ICT 4 Life followed after lunch where Margareth Gfrerer (Education Scientist at Education Strategy Centre (ESC), Addis Ababa), Dr. Anastasia Anagnostou (Research fellow, Brunel University), Mrs. Chipo Msengezi (Information, Training and Outreach in Africa, ITOCA, Centurion, South Africa) presented on issues like Importance of women researchers for Africa, Open Science: Technologies, Education and Applications, An analysis of capacity development interventions on access and use of the research4Life programs: The Gender balance and distribution, respectively.
Panelists of the third plenary session
The second day of the plenary session that discussed on challenges & strategies of women in science and research brought together panellists like Prof. Yalemtsehay Mekonnen (Addis Ababa University), Kebe Nigussie (UN Women), Dr. Ambassador Genet Zewdie (General Director, Women Strategic Development Centre, WSDC, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia) and Prof. Meaza Demisse (Deputy Director at Addis Continental Institute of Public Health (ACIPH) where themes like Enabling professional women on the way to success: A reflection, Institutional and Political challenges of addressing the needs of women, The challenges of women in academic leadership, and Women in public health science: challenges and strategies, were presented and discussed.
Paticipants of the conference paying a visit to Mekelle Rehabilitation Center (MU based initiatives)
A documentary production of Ethiopian women leading innovation, business, humanitarian and community services presenting Mrs. Nahusenay, Mrs. Ambanesh, Mrs Roman Gebreselasse, Miss. Hermela Womndimu, W/ro Etenesh Wondimagegnhu, W/ro Frealem Shibabaw, Prof. Fetien Abay , and Amb. Genet Zewdie, was also displayed.
On the third day of the conference, parallel sessions involving women scholars from other universities in the country and neighbouring Sudan were conducted.
The participants of the conference also paid a visit to Mekelle Rehabilitation Center as part of MU Based initiatives, and concluded the conference by making a field visit to Abraha-We Atsbaha Village as a case for transdisciplinary intervention and village level knowledge management, and to Atsbi visiting Community Based Business (Shewit seed producer cooperatives).
As part of increasing the university’s efforts to assist graduating students in search of finding jobs/internships, Job Fair Organizing Committee established under the office of VPRCS invited Ethiojobs.net to MU for a two-day pre job fair workshop which took place from 31 March to 1 April, 2017 in both the Main and Adi-haki Campuses of Mekelle University.
Dr. Abdelkadir Kedir, Vice President for Academics, MU
In the opening of the pre job fair workshop, Prof. Fetien Abay, MU’s Vice President for Research and Community Services, and Dr. Abdelkadir Kedir, Vice President for Academics gave an opening and launching speeches respectively both underscoring the importance of such events for the university’s graduates.
Prof. Fetien Abay, Vice President for Research and Community Services, MU
Ethiojobs has been working closely with MU’s University-Industry Linkage for the past few months to organize a job fair and establish a Career Services Centre. It is as part of this project that a team of Ethiojobs came to Mekelle to deliver this pre job fair workshop for graduates with a view to enabling them to prepare on how to present themselves to the employers.
Mr. Macit Koc, University Industry Linkage Advisor at MU
Dagmawi Dawit and Siham Ayele, from Ethiojobs, delivered the training workshop attended by more than 2000 graduating students from both campuses.
Siham Ayele from Ethiojobs.net
According to the trainers, the workshop had two components, the Job Search guidance component which touches upon the basics like how to hunt a job, prepare a good CV and interview, and the personal development component which deals with issues such as how to identify one’s vision, set a goals and work on one’s strengths and weaknesses.
Dagmawi Dawit from Ethiojobs.net
MU Staff, the committee members of Job Fair, The Director of Corporate Communications, University Industry Linkage Advisor, and Student Union Representatives also attended the workshop to share their experiences with our students.
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