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Vice president for research and community development support



Mizan-Tepi University is one of the second generation universities established in 2006 in southwestern part of the country with the aim of serving the society through learning, teaching, research and community support. From its beginning the learning, teaching, research and community support were lead by one vice president.

This has created a serious load on effective working environment and currently the learning teaching activities are lead by the vice president for academic affairs and the research and community activities are lead by the vice president for research and community development support.

Since 2011 the university is striving tangibly to bring about changes in the area of research. The University is paying a great attention on the establishment of research and community development support service activities in its catchment areas, which are Benchi-Maji, Kaffa, Sheka and Majang zone. The ultimate objective of research in Mizan-Tepi University is helping the development endeavors of the nation in Ethiopia in general and in southwestern Ethiopia in particular. The research priority of our University is geared to meet these objectives and the vision of the university. Mizan-Tepi University research priority areas are identified based on the community need assessment in harmony with the country’s research priority. Some of the research areas are Culture and indigenous knowledge, Natural resources and environment , Production and productivity of agrarian, semi-agrarian and pastoral community, Gender and Childhood Issues, Community health, Education (access and quality), Science and Technology, Business and Economics, etc.

One of the purposes of research in Mizan-Tepi University is to generate knowledge and dissemination of publication. Concerning the publication, the number of scientific journals published by our staffs is currently increasing as compared to the previous. The community service engagements in our university are based on pre-determined needs of target community groups through regularly conducted need assessments, as well as research based intervention. Addressing the wide-range of community needs through a variety of approaches, including provision of professional, consultancies, free legal aids, Trainings, Projects and other supports. Academic staff involvement is increasing from 108 to 138 (2007 to 2008 E.C.). Currently it is increasing too.

Direct beneficiaries from community service projects/Trainings/Consultancies is increasing (more than 8000 people in 2008E.C.) Professional/material/technical support given to different governmental and NGOs is also increasing. In addition to these, the university is planning to conduct applicable researches and to serve the society in an improved way.

Mitiku Woldesenbet Gijji (PhD)

Thank you!!!