This week-long exhibition is going to be very interesting as all the participants including water engineering and other departments have put up innovative models of all the existing dams of Ethiopia in a single room. And, I hope when other universities would come, they will enjoy it, the Arba Minch University Board Chairman, Mr Tagesse Chafo said.

In order to strengthen its existing infrastructure, Arba Minch University has unleashed series of constructions to support its ever expanding academic and allied activities. The construction being carried out in two stages – Tier-I & Tier-II, is expected to be completed in the stipulated timeframe of 18 months.

‘‘Every year, the Ethiopian Roads Authority (ERA), would need 50,000 skilled professionals in the road sector of which, 5,000 are civil engineers with MSc degree. This sector being dynamic, the volumes of projects and sophistication works continue to grow that keeps our need changing all the time,’’ said the Deputy Director General of ERA, Mr Bekele Negussie.

‘‘In the meeting between seven universities Institutes of Technology and Ethiopian Roads Authority (ERA), the latter has proposed university-industry linkage in a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that has detailed activities on research, consultancy services and joint programs to be launched together,’’ said Academic Affairs Vice President, Dr Agena Anjulo.

The rescheduled Arba Minch University’s 25th anniversary celebration will begin from 19th to 25th May, 2014. The celebration which was to start this week got postponed due to some uncertain reasons.

The schedule of the programs announced earlier will be held as usual with minor changes. Country’s high-profile dignitaries will grace the event. Representatives from all 32 public universities, non-governmental organizations, partners, stakeholders, well-wishers, patrons and general public are also invited.