Institutional cooperation with Jimma University (JU), Ethiopia

Flemish programme coordinator: Luc Duchateau (Ghent University)

Local programme coordinator: Kora Tushune

Operational coordination: Annick Verheylezoon (ICOS Ghent University) and Wondesson Kassahun

 

Phase 1 started in 1 July 2007, Phase 2 started on 1 April 2012.


1. Zoonotic and animal diseases

Flemish project leader: Geert Janssens (Ghent University)

Local project leader: Tadele Tolosa


2. Child health and nutrition

Flemish project leader: Carl Lachat (Ghent University)

Local project leader: Tefera Belachew


3. Environmental health and ecology

Flemish project leader: Olivier Honnay (KU Leuven)

Local project leader: Seid Tiku


4. Infectious diseases

Flemish project leader: Nico Speybroeck (University of Antwerp)

Local project leader: Zeleke Mekonen


5. Soil Fertilty

Flemish project leader: Pascal Boeckx (Ghent University)

Local project leader: Amsalu Nebiyu


6. ICT Library

Flemish project leader: Rudy Gevaert (Ghent University)

Local project leader: Girum Ketema


7. Socio-economic and statistical modeling

Flemish project leader: Paul Janssen (Hasselt University)

Local project leader: Wondesson Kassahun


8. Research coordination

Flemish project leader: Luc Duchateau (Ghent University)

Local project leader: Kora Tushune

About the partnership

The IUC partnership with Jimma University commenced on 1 July 2007 and is now in its second five year phase after a successful midterm evaluation.

 

JU was established in 1997 and is located some 335 km from Addis Abeba. It is a national pioneer in terms of Community Based Education and hosts some 35.000 students, benefiting from ambitious government support for its expansion in terms of infrastructure and its role in the Southern part of Ethiopia.

 

The IUC Partner Programme with JU is constituted of 5 thematic and 3 transversal  projects. The thematic projects concern issues related to the livelihood of the local rural and urban communities, such as child health and nutrition, zoonotic and animal diseases, environmental health and ecology, infectious diseases and soil fertility. These projects are supported by a project on ICT (e.g. e-learning) and automatisation of the library, one on  socio-economics and statistical modelling and one on research coordination.

 

More than 30 Ethiopian scholars, who are staff of Jimma University, are currently implementing their PhD research in a sandwich form, partly in Flemish universities, partly at Jimma University, within the framework of the different projects in a multidisciplinary approach. Supported by their Flemish and Ethiopian (co-)promoters and in collaboration with Master students from both countries, they are tackling urgent societal issues such as e.g. malaria, severely malnourished children, coffee production, biodiversity threats, soil erosion, water purification, pesticide health risk, amongst others.

Programme

Institutional University Cooperation

Country

Ethiopia

Publications

Mid-term evaluation of the ongoing cooperation with Jimma Univeristy, Ethiopia (May 2011)

Mid-term evaluation of the ongoing cooperation with Jimma Univeristy, Ethiopia (May 2011)

Final evaluation of the cooperation with Jimma University (JU)

Final evaluation of the cooperation with Jimma University (JU), Ethiopia (April 2017)

Management response forthcoming.

Testimonials

Ingesting worm eggs: an effective way to lose weight or a health risk?

Ingesting worm eggs: an effective way to lose weight or a health risk?

When Zeleke Mekonnen visited a school to collect stool samples for a study into worms, a teacher asked him a very unexpected question.

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Jimma University recognized as Ethiopia’s leading university

Jimma University recognized as Ethiopia’s leading university

For the third time Jimma University is ranked as the leading university of Ethiopia by the Ministry of Education.

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'We used American examples in our teaching, but now we use our own research results'

'We used American examples in our teaching, but now we use our own research results'

Ethiopia is one of the most important VLIR-UOS partner countries. VLIR-UOS is working out a country strategy for Ethiopia.

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When Google cannot provide the answer

When Google cannot provide the answer

Need to know how to deal with limited bandwidth, build robust network infrastructure and motivate trainers?

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Ghent University awards Ethiopian Kora Tushune

Ghent University awards Ethiopian Kora Tushune

Kora Tushune of Jimma University received the medal of honor for his dedication to the institutional cooperation project.

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‘You convinced me’

‘You convinced me’

Does the university cooperation with Ethiopia make a difference? Professors, researchers and ministers from Ethiopia and Belgium share their experiences.

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When will we drink our last cup of coffee?

When will we drink our last cup of coffee?

Science published a letter on small-scale coffee production in Ethiopia. The intensification of coffee agriculture endangers the coffee production worldwide.

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