Arba Minch University’s Institutional Quality Enhancement (IQE) Center will be holding its 2nd Round Higher Diploma Program Regional Moderation Workshop & Graduation Ceremony from 28th to 29th June, 2013, at Lecture Theatre, Main Campus.

On June 28, moderation workshop will begin at 9 am to 5 pm. It will be attended by Higher Diploma Leaders (HDLs) and selected candidates from four cluster institutions.

AMU President, Dr Feleke Woldeyes, will deliver the opening speech, informed IQE Director & Coordinator for HDP, Mr Yohannes Tigro. During the workshop participants would share their experience and challenges they have faced all through the year.


On June 29, Graduation Ceremony will be attended by AMU President, Vice-Presidents, Directors, Deans and Heads of different departments, all HDP graduates, HDLs from AMU, Hosanna & Arba Minch College of Teachers Education, whereas only three HDLs and two HDP graduates from Wachamo & Wolaita Soddo Universities are invited for the day.

Second day opening speech will be delivered by Mr Yohannes Tigro. HDP graduates would be presenting their Action Research conducted during the training. There will also be photo exhibition and Annual Report of HDP will be presented by IQE Director.

In the ice-breaking session, HDP graduates will share their experience followed by the distribution of certificate of participation to HDP graduates. AMU will certify its own HDP graduates along with Hosanna and Arba Minch College of Teachers Education.

The IQE Center is the offshoot of Academic Development Resource Center (ADRC) which has vigorously contributed in the professional development of AMU academic staff through trainings, curriculum development, internal quality audit and resource provisions.

HDP came into being in 2007, with an objective of enhancing the teaching skills and honing professionalism of AMU instructors thereby improving the dispensation of quality education to our students. And till date, over 500 instructors have been trained, Mr Yohannes Tigro, added.

Ministry of Education has mandated AMU, with the responsibility of moderation for four cluster institutions i.e. Hosanna College of Teachers Education, Arba Minch College of Teachers Education, Wolaita Soddo University & Wachamo University.

It’s a sort of Training of Trainers, where University instructors are trained in four modules i.e. Reflective Teacher Educator (30 hours), Managing Learning (60 hours), Action Research (30 hours) and Organizational or School Placement (12 hours).

The total duration of the training is 132 hours. Each week would have two sessions of two-hour each. And instructors are given 60 hours for independent study. After the training, Higher Diploma Leaders are chosen who in turn train the selected HDP candidates. As of now AMU has six HDLs.

Higher Diploma Program is being carried in three AMU campuses i.e. Chamo centre where this year, 39 instructors have been trained, at Abaya 27 and at Nech Sar 30 instructors. In the coming year, IQE will conduct HDP training for Institute of Technology instructors in the Main Campus.


By Philips Joseph