AMU signs MoU with Hochschule Mainz University, Germany

AMU has signed a memorandum of understanding with Hochschule Mainz University of Applied Sciences, Germany to develop, orchestrate programs, promote advancement of education and research and strengthen mutual cooperation at Main Campus on 25th May, 2017. Click here to see the Pictures.

AMU President, Dr Damtew Darza and Prof Daniel Porath from Hochschule Mainz University of Applied Sciences inked the pact in the presence of top AMU officials in the sideline of workshop organized to launch PhD in Management in this regard.

Under the pact, both universities agreed to foster international cooperation and mutual interest in the fields of higher education and research. Apart from students and staff exchange, joint research activities between faculties of both varsities will get primacy for which sponsorship will be sought to execute collaborative projects.

Both partners will appoint coordinators, who will be responsible in establishing and coordinating a yearly work plan. This pact’s duration is of two years that can get renewed automatically.

Dr Damtew Darza in his valedictory speech stressed that alliance with German institutions has a long history, for AMU was collaborating with some of them in different arenas. And he further said, globalization is the core area identified by government and university alike to build capacity that will complement efforts in producing skilled graduates and expand reach.

He adds that expansion of programs is our focus that fits into Hochschule Mainz University’s niche areas like students and staff exchange and assured that this collaboration will certainly be successful; he also appreciated department of management for taking such initiative.

Prof Daniel Porath giving a lowdown on Hochschule Mainz University, said, university came into being in 1996; and presently it hosts 5200 students, where 10% of them are foreigners. Of total, 80% are UG and 20% PG students, wherein 75% of them are full-time and 25% part-timers.

He informed in Africa, it’s partnering with Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, since 2015, and with University of Applied Sciences, INES, Ruhengeri, Rwanda and ready to upscale partnership in Africa. It’s contemplating to launch double-degree program in Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, and Zambia, of which Arba Minch University in Ethiopia, will be the part.

Dr Gemechu Nemera, on rationale behind launching PhD in Management, said, in the backdrop of fast growing economy in Ethiopia, this program stands to produce highly skilled professionals and business professionals. But scant infrastructure, lack of manpower and other resources are the hiccups and expects guest lectureship, block courses, exchange of students and staff and cooperation in research from Hochschule Mainz University of Applied Sciences, Germany.

Academic Affairs Vice President, Dr Yechale Kebede, in his opening remark said, in the wake of government’s directive and AMU’s plan, academic programs are aggressively expanded. PhD in Management was planned long ago but couldn’t materialize due to lack of skilled staff. And he hoped this collaboration will enable to tide over such challenges in future.

College of Business and Economics Dean, Dr Melkamu Mada, extending welcome said at the back of every business, managers are crucial for they are engine; therefore, this partnership is important in a way that will make our program a success. Dr Afework Getachew was the anchor.


(Corporate Communication Directorate)