GROW WISER AT THE WATER TOWER
ደብረ ማርቆስ ዩኒቨርሲቲ
Debre Markos University
DEBRE MARKOS UNIVERSITY
INTRODUCTION /short brief
Education has become the most powerful tool to build competences in the globalized world since the application of advanced knowledge has become a fundamental driver of social progress and economic development of nations in this competitive environment. Hence, every nation must transform itself economically, socially and politically to compete effectively in the connected ecosphere. In this context, higher education systems play a critical role in developing countries like Ethiopia to support knowledge-driven economic development strategies and to build democratic and socially cohesive societies. Higher education institutions (HEIs) can create a societal impact that shows a strong potential to act as leverage point for sustainable development locally and globally through their education, research, and operations roles. They have an indispensable role for the effective and efficient creation, dissemination, and application of knowledge and for building institutional, professional, and technological capacity. Furthermore, a strong higher education system is essential for any developing countries in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals of 2030.
The Government of Ethiopia, as a result, has demonstrated a great commitment to expand higher education institutions to support the national development framework of GTP II which is an integral part of the Sustainable Development Goals. The five-year plan recognizes the crucial role of higher education as a driver of competitiveness and growth and envisages the establishment of several centres of Excellence. For these reason, Ethiopia has made incredible access to higher education in recent years.
Debre Markos University, therefore, is one of higher institution in Ethiopia which was officially established by the Council of Ministers Regulation No.227/2011 to realize the Growth and Transformation agenda. The University is located 299 km North West away from the nations’ Capital, Addis Ababa. The area is known mostly by the sources of the world longest river, called the Blue Nile. Supplant to this, the socio-economic and cultural capitals thereof are verily rich yet the larger body of it has not been studied and employed well for scientific and epistemological inquiries.
The area is surrounded by the choke mountain ranges, of which the water tower Africa and where the Blue Nile and its tributaries use to originate. This fact has made the University to opening its eyes wide for research and community service practices; required to make prior engagement on the preservation and rehabilitation of the natural environment in a wider scale. Though attempts have been made in natural resource management, irrigation, soil conservation and afforesting the area, many efforts are required from various stake holders and partners so as to rescue the endangered site. DMU still have called various partners to take part and save the area from degradation and subsequent causality upon the volume of the rivers that cometh out, thereof, from all around the world. Ever since its foundation, the University has made remarkable expansion in infrastructural development, underway problem solving researches, education, trainings and community service activities. In education and training, the University has six colleges, three institutes, two schools and three campuses. In the sphere of research and community service, the University has identified comprehensive thematic areas, which are believed to concord with the potential needs and demands of the surrounding locales, nations as well as the world at large, thereby operating through all in place for the purpose of uplifting the life of many from the dire shackles of poverty in plenty.
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