Unity, Addis College Sign Memorandum of Understanding
Unity University and Addis College signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to form a nucleus for promoting excellence in quality manpower in the fields of engineering, technology and business. The MoU was signed on April 26, 2017, by Dr. AregaYirdaw, President of Unity University, and Dr. KebedeYadete, President of Addis College, at an event organised in the Conference Hall of MIDROC Technology Group CEO Office.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. AregaYirdaw put emphasis on the strong features of the two parties and said that there is broad spectrum of areas of cooperation. In this connection, the President pointed out the strength of Unity in the area of Architecture and that of Addis College in the area of Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) programmes. With this in view, the President underlined that the two institutions have a lot to gain from each other.
Dr. Arega further noted that Unity had had TVET programme sometime in the past; and currently, there is plan to launch the programmefor the coming Academic Year in arevitalised manner. He said, “Unity would like your assistance at this point; to start up the programme and avoid duplication of efforts.” On the other hand, the President underlined the wide opportunity Unity had as there are several sister companies of MIDROC Technology Group that would facilitate university-industry linkage and apprenticeship for students of Addis College.
Also speaking on his part, Dr. KebedeYadete pointed out that it was a great pleasure for Addis College to partner with a pioneer private higher education institution like Unity University. As regards the areas of cooperation, Dr. Kebede underlined, “If Unity is planning to launch TVET programme, we are behind you.” He also mentioned about the Annual Research Symposium organised by Addis College, and reiterated that joint research undertaking is another area of cooperation. At this juncture, he made note of the declining trend in the area of research undertaking; and recalled, “During our days, the clarion call was ‘publish or perish.’”
The MoU stipulates that the scope of academic interactions involve: Exchange of personnel through deputation as per the rules of the respective institution; Organising joint conferences and seminars; Practical training of Addis College students at Unity university and vice versa; and Guidance of student projects/thesis in the areas of specialisationand other areas of national interest at both institutions.