Ethiopia is one of the leading nations in the developing world set to quickly strategically relocate it by putting various strategies in place critically important to ensure national development and global competence.Asset in many literatures and practically evaluated educated human power are the determinant factors for the countries development in the world. The existing situation shows that countries which have more educated people are more developed and vice versa. This implies that education is an enabling tool to solve artificial and natural disaster and it helps to improve livelihood of the society living through the support of science and technology. In our country Ethiopia, even if modern education was started back a century, due to problems related to access, relevance and other problems the coverage is still limited. The country was unable to produce competitive human power in quality and quantity that fits with the current development program of the country. Due to these facts the government formulated Education and training policy in 1994. To bring the policy in to action, the government has walked a very long journey with success where we live in the time of growth and transformation.
On the road towards development issues and alleviation of poverty in the country, since 2011 Debre Tabor University has been going under remarkable progressive institutional buildings, constructions and remarkable achievements have been accomplished in the first two years.Even though it hasn’t given a fraction of minute for taking a breath to fully develop the university in this very short period of time, in the past seven years, we have prepared future strategic plan (2015-2020) by critically examining the GTP of the nation and other higher educational institutions. The strategic plan of the university focuses on ensuring quality and higher order learning, research and community service.
The University apply innovative curriculum. This implies innovative, creative, critical thinking and to face for something new, something different learning. This approach also implies the teaching learning process to be student centered in order to ensure the quality of education and its value by aligning the different components of teaching-learning at the course module level by incorporating domains of education and learning hierarchies. The strategic plan has also played special attention to carry out the tasks efficiently and effectively to achieve the goal set out in the GTP for science and technology. The University gives special attentions especially in terms of equipping students with practical experiences and associated skills in addition to enabling them to understand the theoretical parts of their subjects.
Aligning academic programs and research priorities with GTP is critical to improve the livelihood of our communities. In order to enhance partnership with community our research profiles work together with the community, business sectors, professional institutions and other stake holders. As we passed many up and downs in the last seven years, hopefully with strong commitment and restless work, we will achieve our university stated vision and mission.
The landscape of global higher education partnerships is continually evolving. Even at national and regional level, new program thematic models are emerging, including consortia agreements like the Amhara Universities Forum and other forms of multi lateral collaboration, interdisciplinary research ventures involving teams of faculty and students, and the incorporation of internships and service learning. Now a days, the pool of our potential partners is expanding, as our institution seek to engage with government agencies, private companies, and other organizations outside of academia.
For these reasons, it is important to understand not only the explicit guidance set forth in standards of good practice developed by various organizations, but also the spirit of the recommendations, and the broader, underlying principles that cut across program types and particular cultural contexts.
The themes identified in the strategic plan of Debre Tabor University is intended to serve as guideposts to help all those interested international partners to not only ensure the efficacy of our possible collaborations, but also successfully navigate the uncharted waters of future endeavors with Debre Tabor University, and the city administration of Debre Tabor, and the entire community around.
Our hope is that discussion of these issues will come from our partners any where in the world, and good practices and additional guidance will emerge that would help to build upon expected standards through which Debre Tabor University will be your partner.Because in the globalized world of the twenty-first century, Debre Tabor University is keen on building relationships and internationalization with counterparts in accordance with common overall institutional mission and goals.It is true that the world of higher education and knowledge development has always been networked(American Council on Education 2011).
Now is the time for all institutions of higher learning to collaborate and cooperate towards common goals that capitalize fully on the rich possibilities of global engagement and that, ultimately, will help build a better world for all.
So contact us and we will be a true partner for achieving common goals.
Anegagregn Gashaw Ferede (PhD)
President of Debre Tabor University