YOM Institute of Economic Development, apart from offering post-graduate (Masters Level) education, is also engaged in research and training activities.
This time, the Institute’s research and training wing, BAMSOL Consult, has offered a 10 days short-term training for the staff of the Ministry of Science and Technology in Addis Ababa. The Training was delivered for more than 50 staff members divided in two groups with a title PROJECT PREPARATION & APPRAISAL and conducted from March 12-23/2018. The training was more of practical- and skill-oriented as well as exemplified by real world situations. Case studies, group discussions, and two-way communications are at the heart of the training.
The Institute assigned senior and experienced trainers on the area for the training both from the Institute as well as from outside source. The two state Ministers, H.E. Proff Dr. Afework Kassu and H.E. Dr. Shumete Gizaw, as well as the HR Directorate of the Ministry were closely get informed and supervising the training session.
The certificate of participation for the trainees and certificate of achievement for the trainers was given on the final session with BAMSOL Consult officials and the State Ministers. The State Ministers finally forwarded work message for the trainees so that the trainees should interpret the knowledge and skill they have gained from the training into practice.
YOM Institute of Economic Development has hands-on experience on offering customized short-term trainings for different customers. The Institute offered short-term training for several governmental, non-governmental, and private organizations including, but not limited to the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research and to the academic staff of public universities such as Haramaya University, Debre-Tabor University, Mizan-Teppi University and many others.
The FDRE Ministry of Science and Technology is one of the federal government organizations which is working closely with YOM Institute of Economic Development. The Ministry in the last academic year has sponsored 13 students in the two departments to continue their Masters education in the joint-DMU-YOM program.
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
YOM Institute of Economic Development, the quality-centered Post-graduate Institute in Ethiopia, organized its first graduation ceremony at Sheraton Addis on August 27, 2017. The Graduates are from the fields of Development Economics, and Project Planning and Management who have been attending their two years education at Masters level.
Government officials from the FDRE Ministry of Education, Higher Education Relevance and Quality Agency, higher officials and Academic Staff members from Debre Markos University, Journalists from different Radio, Television, and Print Media, Parents, and other invited guests have attended the ceremony.
Mr. Desalegn Samuel, the delegate from the Ministry of Education, in his address to the graduates, expressed his feeling that today’s graduates will hopefully be tomorrow’s professionals and leaders who will serve the country and the people to the level they are demanded. He added that the work effort by the Institute in addressing Education Quality at the forefront is highly regarded.
The Institute’s Managing Director, Dr. Melkamu Tadesse, on his part, disclosed that the Institute is moving forward in attaining the dream of the founders. According to his address to the audience, this is easily manifested by the day to day increase of students’ enrollments. Different Governmental and Non-Governmental Organizations are sponsoring their students in a huge number per academic year. This is exemplified, according to his speech, by looking at students enrolled this year through sponsorship by the FDRE Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) as well as the Dawro Zone Administration Council. Students joining the Institute from the Commercial Bank of Ethiopia are quite enormous. Banks like Zemen Bank, Abay Bank, Development Bank, Enat Bank and others also have a significant number of students in the Institute. Dr. Melkamu also called graduates to become members of YOM ALUMNI and prompted them to stay in touch.
Each year YOM Institute of Economic Development, in collaboration with Debre Markos University, holds a research seminar in order to better understanding of the research undertakings and provide some insight into the selected thematic area.
The seminar brings together researchers, academicians, students, and other multidisciplinary stakeholders from around Debre Markos and Addis Ababa.
The annual research seminar was conducted on December 23/2017 in Debre Markos town in the Seminar Hall of Debre Markos University in the presence of University Senior Officials, Researchers, Academicians, Post-graduate students, and other university community members and invited guests from Debre Markos town.
The main theme of the seminar was ‹‹Focus on Micro & Macro Perspectives of Economic Development›› and in alignment with the theme, academics and former joint DMU-YOM students presented their latest works which encompass the diverse and changing context of development such as irrigation and production efficiency, rural household poverty, Economic growth and environmental degradation, and Livelihood.
Participants appreciated the seminar session and notified YOM that it should be continued even in a more improved way.
YOM Institute of Economic Development (YOM) and Asossa Environmental Protection Association (AEPA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Addis Ababa today 30th August 2017 to establish an institutional framework for their future partnership in the areas of Research, Consultancy, Capacity Building, and Training.
The MoU was signed by the Managing Director of YOM, Dr. Melkamu Tadesse and Executive Director of AEPA, Ato Mengistu Bayisa. Other officials, Experts, and stakeholders were present at the signing ceremony.
The key rationales of the MoU are promotion of exchanges of knowledge and experience in the field of Project Planning and Management, Natural Resource Management, and Development at large with the view to strengthening the administration and management of projects, researches, exchange of information, expertise, and technical know-how. Training of personnel and development of human resources, and organizational development and capacity building are also included. The two parties agreed to work together focusing on larger, longer term projects of mutual interest.
Dr. Melkamu Tadesse, the Managing Director, in his address to the audience, expressed confidence that the MoU would pave the way for an effective partnership between the two organizations and benefit other stakeholders and the community at the grassroots level. Ato Mengistu Bayisa, the AEPA Executive Director, on his part stated his belief that the MoU would facilitate sharing of best practices, skills, and experiences between the two parties.
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