Mekelle University’s annual research review day was held last week from 24 Feb. to 25 Feb., 2017 this time along with a knowledge-product sharing exhibition at Prof. Mitiku Halile Cultural Hall, Main Campus.

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Knowledge-product sharing exhibition being inagurated as part of the annual research review day

The plenary session on Day one was opened by a welcoming remark of Prof. Fetien Abay, MU’s Vice President for Research and Community Services, who called for an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approach to the research practices of the university. Dr. Abdelkadir Kedir, MU’s Vice President for Academics, then made an opening remark highlighting the need to carryout problem-solving researches the expectations of stakeholders from such research review days.

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Prof. Fetien Abay, MU’s Vice President for Research and Community Services making a welcoming remark

Research, consultancy and community services performance of the unievrsity in 2015/16 academic year was also presented by Dr. Gebrehiwot Tadesse, Research and Postgraduate Director before the knowledge-product sharing exhibition was officially opened where innovations and research results from various research undertakings by the university staff was presented.

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Keynote presenters during the first-day plenary session

Presentations on ‘Natural resources in Ethiopia: Achievements, Challenges and Future Prospects’ by Prof. Mitiku Haile, ‘Bridging the research policy divide in Health’ by Dr. Afework Mulugeta, ‘Opportunities for Solar and Wind Energy Application: the case of Geba Catchment, North Ethiopia ‘by Dr. Mulu Bayray were made and discussed in the morning plenary session. Presentations of small, middle, large and mega research projects from all colleges and institutes of the university were also made in parallel sessions in the morning and afternoon of the consecutive two days.

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Knowledge-product sharing exhibition on show

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On the day two afternoon plenary session, Prof Fetien presented the challenges in Research and Community Services and the strategic roadmap proposed by her office followed by a general discussion by participants.  The Annual Research Review Day was then concluded with the award ceremony for Best Researchers. Dr Dejenie Kassahun from the College of Dry Land Agriculture and Natural Resources (CoDANR), Dr. Miruts Hagos from the College of Natural and Computational Sciences (CNCS), Mr. Araya Gebreyesus from the College of Health Sciences (CHS) became this year’s winners from colleges. Dr. Mesfin Tilahun was also recognized as the winner of The Best Researchers Award at university level. The winners received their awards from Dr. Kindeya Gebrehiwot, the President of MU, who accentuated the need for MU research community to be engaged in interdisciplinary research focused on areas of excellence that aim at addressing the real challenges and problems in the immediate environment and community.