Ethiopia: Ministry Tables New Research and Technology Transfer Directive

Addis Ababa — A draft directive on research, technology transfer, university industry linkage, and community services for higher institutions was presented for discussion with stakeholders today.

The draft directive was discussed by higher education institutions vice presidents, officials of the ministry, and other pertinent stakeholders.

Science and Higher Education State Minister Afework Kassu said the new directive fundamentally sets overall governance system in higher education institutions (HEIs) to plan organized research, technology transfer, university industry linkage, and community service activities for effective implementation in their respective institutions.

The implementation of the directive plays a great role as it enables to strengthen existing initiations in HEIs and encourages university students to solve problems in the community in their laboratory, workshop and field station, he added.

Afework stated that laboratory infrastructure should be fulfilled to implement the standards in the five fields, i.e. in civil and electrical engineering, physics, chemistry, and biology for first degree, so as to improve practical education.

Higher Education Research and Academic Affairs Director-General, Zerihun Kebede said the discussion forum will enrich the directive to be ratified by Ministry of Science and Higher Education.

The directive ,which is expected to come into force next month, will be monitored by a Research and Technology Transfer Council.

There are 49 universities, 45 public.

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