JU’s new project on quality of education and digitization

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NURTURE is a capacity-building project funded by The Norwegian Programme for Capacity Development in Higher Education and Research for Development under the NORHED II 2021-2026 scheme. The project aims to improve the capacity of three education programs in five selected Universities in Ethiopia and two universities and one research institute in Norway. The institutions from Ethiopia are: Jimma University, University of Gondar, Hawassa University, Debre Markos University and Addis Ababa Science & Technology University.

The project offers insight and solutions to the higher education in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs) by focusing on the quality of education, job creation, improved digital access, and inclusion of female and disadvantaged groups. “Jimma University is one of the partner institution in this project, and as Ethiopian leading research University, JU will certainly make the most out of this project” said Dr. Jemal Abafita, President of the University, during the meeting with the Principal Investigator, Prof. Shegaw Angaw, while discussing the project at Jimma University on September 22, 2021.

This project is vital in creating cooperation in eHealth, informatics, and special needs education. Ultimately, it will create opportunities for interdisciplinary education, research and digitalization that have been neglected for various reason across LMICS. The very heart of the project is cpacity development, inter-disciplinary research, curricula revitalization, and digitalization. The project also enhances social cohesion, sustainable development and personal and institutional fulfilment. By providing a platform for co-creation and boot camp seminars for graduate students, the project contributes in tackling youth unemployment and also in enhancing student creativity and career development.

NURTURE implements three new master programs, revise 16 curricula, support 45 MSc & 15 PhD scholarships. The project will also develop digital solutions for students with sensory impairments, organize boot camp seminars, and strengthen access to digital content through eLearning platforms and small scale infrastructure. Gender equality will be a priority throughout the whole project period and in all interventions. Fifty percent of the scholarships will be offered to female staff. Besides, the project will provide financial support for economically deprived and disadvantaged female students from all partner universities.

To learn more about the project please contact

Prof. Shegaw Angaw, the Prinicpal Investigator at shegaw.mengite@usn.no, or

 Dr. Million Tesfaye, the JU project coordinator at million.tesfaye@ju.edu.et