YOM Institute of Economic Development conducted a Workshop on Curriculum Review of Graduate programs of the two disciplines.
The opening address of the workshop was made by Dr. Melkamu Tadrsse, the Managing Director of the Institute. In introducing the existing curricula, the Managing Director put a remark that the curricula are competency-based and student-centered and is built around an interdisciplinary philosophy.
He also noted that the need to revise and update existing YIED’s curricula emanates from the Institute’s desire to respond to profound and multifaceted changes occurring in the world today. This one-day workshop aims to gather the key sectors and players to look at and discuss the merits of the existing curricula and promote the adoption/adaptation of appropriate curriculum change ideas and facilitate the implementation of proposed curriculum changes.
Ato Megistie Mersha, Dean of the institute, on his part said that the workshop will help in creating skilled and competent human power required for the transformation of the country through providing high-quality education, research, and outreach services in the field of Social Sciences and Humanities. Ato Megistie Mersha added that YIED is running two graduate programs in two departments and two campuses. As per the Institute`s need to expand graduate programs, YIED is also in need of diversifying its graduate studies by assessing the demands of the market in consultation with different stakeholders. Based on this, YIED is working hard to develop demand-driven academic programs that will address the social, economic, political, cultural, and environmental problems of the society. In line with this, the Institute has a plan to launch one graduate program: Masters (MSc) in Business Management
The workshop had participants from different stakeholders including program instructors who are also experts in curriculum development & revision, Institute managers, representative of founding members, a representative from students and other like-minded training institutes, and other relevant stakeholders. The workshop also had as resource speakers some known experts in the fields that are being launched & taught and those who have participated in the development of the previous curricula.
Accordingly, the Institute's resource persons presented a total of 3 presentations for discussion on Institution’s Graduate Program.
Ato Megistie Marsha’s presentations addressed the need for Curriculum Reforms in the YIED Context where he made some remarks saying that YOM Institute of Economic Development widely recognizes the need to revise and update existing educational curricula to respond to profound and multifaceted changes occurring in the world today. His presentation also addressed Some Success Stories & Some observed Challenges and the need for revising the existing Curriculum for PPM.
Dr. Melkamu Tadesse in his presentation on revising the existing Curriculum for Development Economics recognizes and noted the need to revise and update existing educational curriculum to respond to profound and multifaceted changes occurring in the country as well as worldwide and pleaded all participants to actively contribute towards this trend and invited all for group discussion.
The two group formed chaired by Ato Berhanu Shanko, Head of Project Planning and Management