A consultative discussion entitled "The Role of STEM Centers in Ethiopian Higher Education and TVET Institutions" organized by Ministry of Science and Higher Education (MoSHE) in collaboration with STEMpower has held in Addis Ababa.
H.E. Professor Afework Kassu, State Minister, Ministry of Science and Higher Education, in his opening speech stated that STEM Centers and STEM activities of Ethiopian Higher Education Institutions shall be strenghened as they play important role in Quality of Education and beyond.
In order to strenghen the centers/activities, standardized STEM curriculum, appropriate structure with human resources, provision of necessary inputs, collaborative works with stakeholders, etc are essential, the State Minister explained.
Ms. Kidist Gebreamlak, Executive Director of the STEMpower, presented STEMpower's activities at STEM Centers in Ethiopian Universities.
Currently 13 Universiries have STEM Centers, and 8 more other Universities have sighed MoU with the STEMpower and MoSHE to establish the center.
Gondar University, Wollo University, Bahir Dar University, Addis Ababa Science and Technology University (AASTU) and Kotebe Metropolitan University presented progresses of their STEM Centers/activities. Strenghths and limitations of the centers were identified and the way forward was discussed.
University Presidents, Academic and Research Vic Presidents, STEM Centers Coordinators and other stakeholders participated in the discussion.