Jimma University Hosted the Second Annual and Stakeholders’ Meeting of EPHAM Project.

Jimma University recently hosted the second annual stakeholders’ meeting for the “Enhancing public health capacity through academic network and mobility (EPHAM) Project.” The collaborative project involves Jimma University, Ambo University, and VID specialized university in Norway. Attendees included key stakeholders, project team members, mobility students, and supervisors.

Dr. Tadesse Habtamu, Vice President for Academic Affairs of JU, opened the meeting and emphasized the project’s objectives. These objectives encompassed strengthening nursing and public health master programs, facilitating staff and student mobility, delivering joint courses, and addressing gender imbalance among faculty.
Various speakers highlighted the project’s accomplishments, such as the development and delivery of joint courses, co-supervision of mobility students, e-learning training for faculty, student research seminars, and the successful completion of the first stakeholders’ meeting. The meeting also provided a platform for discussing challenges, evaluating achievements, and outlining future plans. These plans included expanding mobility opportunities, enhancing digital training, promoting joint supervision and co-teaching, increasing joint publications, and undertaking additional activities.
The meeting participants acknowledged the project’s achievements and engaged in constructive discussions on overcoming challenges. JU officials expressed their unwavering commitment to supporting the project and securing its long-term sustainability. Furthermore, the project team from Ambo University and VID specialized university had the opportunity to visit teaching facilities in JU and explore the city of Jimma.

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