Presentation on theme: "The impact of North South University Collaboration:The Case of Mekelle University 13 February,2014 Leuven,Belguim Mitiku Haile."— Presentation transcript:
The impact of North South University Collaboration:The Case of Mekelle University 13 February,2014 Leuven,Belguim Mitiku Haile
BACKGROUND The Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992 and 2012 stressed the need for “Encouraging twinning of universities in developed and developing countries” (Agenda 21,Chapter 36). Exchange between Higher Education Institutes in developing and developed countries brings mutual benefit for both sides. Many innovations in higher education are indirect results of these cooperation activities.
THE CHALLENGE With global interdependence it is critical that nations have the institutional capacity to interact globally to solve problems and create opportunities related to: development, security, peace and justice Broad based development and transformation in the South requires a significant human and institutional capacity development
Specific challenges of African Higher Education Institutes Financial constraints affecting faculty and infrastructure development Isolation from global knowledge generation systems Low levels of research and technology development Inadequate training of leadership and management in advocacy, marketing, fundraising and governance Uneven access along gender, ethnicity
The impact of North South University Collaboration: The Case of Mekelle University in the drylands of Tigray
North South University Collaboration … focus on Mekelle University
Anno 1995...the first auditorium of Mekelle University...
Birds' eye view of Mekelle University anno 2005 First auditorium First MU-Headquarters
1996 – 2001: VLIR OI: Soil conservation (UGent-K.U.Leuven) 1998 – 2001: Desertification – Fund for Scientific Research Flanders (K.U.Leuven) 2001 – 2006: VLIR-OI: Fighting desertification (K.U.Leuven) 2000 – 2004: VLIR-OI: Forest rehabilitation (K.U.Leuven) 2003 - now : VLIR- Institutional Collaboration All Flemish Universities Institutional University Cooperation (IUC) – Mekelle University, Ethiopia OVERVIEW MU-FLEMISH COLLABORATION
VLIR OI Soil conservation 1 st PhD Mintesinot Behailu: ‘Assessment and optimization of traditional Vertisol irrigation in northern Ethiopia: a case study at Gumselasa microdam’, became vice-president of Mekelle University
VLIR-OI Forest rehabilitation through natural regeneration in Tigray, Northern Ethiopia PhD Kindeya Gebrehiwot: ‘Ecology and Management of Boswellia papyrifera dry forests in Tigray, northern Ethiopia’- now President of Mekelle University
Matchmaking for the VLIR-MU-IUC Partner Programme Brussels, 2003
Enhancement and optimization of ICT usage Institutional University Cooperation (IUC) – Mekelle University, Ethiopia
Upgrading of library services Institutional University Cooperation (IUC) – Mekelle University, Ethiopia
MU-IUC Research Goal: Improved livelihood of the farmers in Tigray