Mekelle University holds National Workshop on Establishing a Future Urban Laboratory

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Mekelle University holds National Workshop on Establishing a Future Urban Laboratory

Ethiopian Institute of Technology, School of Architecture and Urban Planning, organized a two day national workshop on ‘Establishing a feature urban laboratory’ in Mekelle University from October 13-14, 2017 at the main campus management hall.

Prof. Kindeya G/Hiwot, President of Mekelle University, in his welcoming remark he indicated that the workshop will have pivotal role in giving insights as regard to the future architectural plan of our cities and towards their endeavors in the social, political and economic development aspect.The President also promisesthat the universitywill be cooperative and provides the necessary support to encourage the initiations.

Similarly, on his opening speech, Dr. Hadush Goitom, Scientific Director of Ethiopian Institute of Technology addressed that the establishment of the ‘Future Urban lab’ in Ethiopian Institute of Technology at the university will have wide impact and it is aimed to address and entertain urbanization major subjects. It has been said the institute and the university at large will make every effort to make the laboratory a center of excellence in which scientific outcomes and problem solving activities will be accentuated. Thereby, this is one of the many activities that Mekelle University involves to practically show its concern and care regarding our cities and urban areas and our community at large, Dr. Hadush added.


He also stated “The future urban lab will be a platform for scholars all over the world to come and research on different urban challenges and opportunities in order to really care about urban changes in sustainable ways.” And he calls up to the participants to review and enrich the Future Urban lab establishment document. At the last he thanked to the organizers of the workshop.

Therefore, need assessment on Tigray Urban Planning and Development Bureau, proposal for establishing a feature urban laboratory in Mekelle University and experiences from different governmental organization and higher educational urban planning and designing institute are presented and discussed on the workshop.




'Ginbot 20' Celebrations Concluded at the New Meles Zenawi Technology Campus

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The closing ceremony of the ‘Ginbot 20’ Victory Day Celebrations was colorfully held at MU’s new technology campus named after the late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi on the 7th of June, 2017.

The new campus, equipped with modern facilities and located at Quiha, in the outskirts of Mekelle, is expected to enroll 10,000 students in the upcoming academic year.


On the event, Dr. Kindeya Gebrehiwot, MU’s President, claimed that the new campus, which costed more than 2 Billion Birr to construct, is named after the late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi as a tribute for his relentless endeavors to use Science and Technology as fulcrum of the country’s renaissance and expressed his hope that it would help in realizing his dreams.

Dr. Haddush Goitom, Scientific Director with the rank of Vice President of the Ethiopian Institute of Technology-Mekele (EiT-M), MU, also underscored that the new campus itself marked one of the fruits of ‘Ginbot 20’ along with other impressive democratic and development achievements in the last 26 years and expressed the readiness by the management to work hand in hand with all stakeholders to make the new campus ready for service as of next year.

A campus tour and other celebratory activities were done in the colorful event that was attended by invited guests from various government offices, representatives from Quiha municipality and members of MU management and Community.

A Remark from MU's Corporate Communication Directorate
We want to inform our web followers that this event is in no way an inaugural event of the new campus. In contrary to what some media outles including ourselves report, the event is only held as part of the closing ceremony of the ‘Ginbot 20’ victory day celebrations in our university and doesn't imply inaguration whatsoever. We apologize for any misunderstanding this might have caused.

A Regional workshop on Technology Transfer for Economic Development

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A regional work shop with a theme of “Technology transfer for Economic Development of the Region” was held from June 5 – 7, 2017 with the presence of Federal TVET Agency Director, Mr. Nigusse Gebre and other regional and federal higher officials.

The workshop was organized by Ethiopian Institute of Technology-Mekelle Mekelle University, Federal TVET Agency and Tigray region TVET Bureau in collaboration. It was started with opening speeches from President of Mekelle University, Dr. Kindeya G/hiwot and the Head of Tigray TVET Bureau, Dr. Mulugeta.

The work shop has an objective of creating a strong linkage among University, TVET institutions, Research Institutions, and Industries for successful, demand driven and problem solving technology transfer activities. More than 80 Participants from industries, Universities, TVET Poly Technic Colleges and government offices of the region from Federal TVET agency and five other regions representatives are participating in the workshop. The participants have also paid a visit to Wukro Agricultural College and the new Meles Zenawi Technology Campus of MU.


EiT-M has signed to execute four research projects funded by the Ethiopian Construction Projects Management Institute

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Ethiopian Construction Projects Management Institute during the contract signing ceremony held on May 18, 2017 in Getfam Hotel in Addis Abeba has announced that from 37 research proposals sent from the various public universities, 12 projects from seven universities have qualified for funding. Among the twelve research projects, EiT-M has won four of them which make it the highest qualifier.

        Research Projects Signing Ceremony between the EiT-M and ECPMI


The four research projects signed by Dr. Aregaw Asha, Acting Director of Ethiopian Construction Projects Management Institute and Dr. Haddush Goitom Scientific Director, EiT-M are as shown in Table below,

 Dr. Haddush, EiT-M Scientific Director Delivering a Speech on the Signing of the Research Projects 


After signing the contracts for the four research projects, Dr. Haddush forward his view by appreciating the Ethiopian Construction Projects Management Institute for making the milestone in undertaking construction focused research calls and providing required fund. Furthermore, he has also mentioned that EiT-M is delighted and pound on the performances of his staffs on securing four of the twelve projects; he has also guaranteed that EiT-M management and community will extend maximum support to the success of these research projects.


International Experts workshop on Water Security underway

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Experts workshop on water security organized by EiT-M’s School of Civil Engineering in collaboration with EXCEED-SWINDON (Excellence Centers for Exchange and Development and International Network on Sustainable Water Management in Developing Countries) is underway at Axum Hotel, Mekelle.

The Experts workshop is held for 4 days beginning from the 16th of May and expected to continue until the 19th of May, 2017.

The workshop was commenced with the opening remarks of Dr. Bizuneh Asfaw, the Head of the School of Civil Engineering, EiT-M, followed by the speech of Dr. Dellbrugge Rosa, a representative, on Exceed –Swindon project and its way forward. Introductory remarks on Exceed-Swindon was then made by Dr. Kowenje, the Sub-Sahar coordinator of the project, followed by the official opening remarks of the workshop by Dr. Ashenafi Aregawi, Deputy Scientific Director of EiT-M.

The workshop is expected to deliberate on themes like water security index, biological water quality, and communication of water issues. Papers on specific topics in relation to water security by various scholars will also be part of the workshop which will be culminated with an excursion to Tekeze Hydropower Project on the 19th of May.