Department Organises, Conducts MSc. Curriculum Review Workshop
The Architecture and Urban Planning Department, College of Engineering, Technology and Computational Sciences of Unity University, on January 3, 2018, organised and conducted a half-day Curriculum Review Workshop on MSc. Programme in Architecture and Urban Planning.
Speaking at the opening of the Workshop, which was held in the Executive Training Room, Gerji Main Campus, Dr. Tibebe Taffesse, Dean, College of Engineering, Technology and Computational Sciences, welcomed all in attendance and introduced the programme for the day. The Workshop was chaired by Dr. Ferrede Befekadu, Senior Associate Professor in the Architecture and Urban Planning Department, and the draft curriculum was reviewed by Dr. Mikiyas Abayneh and Ato Fitsum Shawel.
Ato Tewodros G/Tsadik, Head, of the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning, who presented the draft curriculum to the participants, gave brief account of the objective of launching the MSc. Programme. According to Ato Tewodros, the objective of the Programme is “to support the country’s efforts in developing the construction industry by providing highly-qualified professionals in the field of Architecture and Urban Planning; and to help individuals to attain their professional career.” Moreover, Ato Tewodros gave brief explanation regarding the new curriculum. He pointed out that the two-year programme was planned to be delivered the coming academic year, 2011EC (2018/19); and encompasses 14 courses, including Master’s Thesis.
As per the programme for the Review Workshop, Dr, Ferrede introduced the Reviewers (their academic qualifications and work experiences); and called upon the reviewers in succession. Dr. Mikiyas Abayneh stressed in his presentation, “Most construction activities carried out in Ethiopia in general and in Addis Ababa in particular have been designed and constructed by foreigners, which has led to professional colonialism. Therefore, higher education institutions should launch diversified programmes so as to educate and train our youngsters to fill the existing gap,” Furthermore, in addition to the commendations given by the reviewers for launching the programme, they have forwarded constructive comments on the contents of the draft curriculum.
Prominent among the comments forwarded by the reviewers were:
- The curriculum should not be limited to 14 courses; more relevant courses should be included;
- The University should provide better choice of specialisation to trainees in engineering fields; and
- Courses to be incorporated should be appropriate to socio-economic development; such areas could be environmental science, climate change, professional ethics, etc.
Following the presentations of the reviewers, the floor was open for discussion, whereby constructive views were forwarded by the participants and properly addressed by the reviewers and organisers.