The fact that the economic globalization and regional integration is accelerating makes it imperative for Developing countries to be in a position to stick to these changes. Capacity Building is in the center of these activities. In Ethiopia`s endeavor to bolster bilateral relations with neighboring countries and grow together, Ethiopian Civil Service University has been providing different kinds of supports to neighboring countries. Now, the turn is to South Sudan; Some 37 students have got scholarship at ECSU.
Admission Office of ECSU organized a welcoming ceremony to these scholarship holders on Friday, March 14, 2014. In the occasion, Head of Student Service, Registrar, Center for Academic and Professional Development, Guidance and Counseling Office, and representative of Center for Gender and Development officially welcome them and briefed on variety of issues.
Alemayehu Seberu, Head of Admission Office, opening the session
Dr. Hailemichael Abera President of the University in the occasion told the students to consider Ethiopia as their country and feel at home. He emphasized the importance of mutual cooperation in order to rise together. A few decades a go Africa was named as Least Developed Continent, Dark Continent etc. But now, there are signs that the situation can be changed. We should work hard like the Koreans and other South East Asian Countries did to get out of poverty. Ethiopia is on the right direction, said Dr. Hailemichael. He also said, "We give scholarships not because we are rich but we give high value to growing together". Dr. Hailemichael finally implored them to continue striving so as to achieve the great objective of developing their country in particular and Africa in general which is beyond getting Bachelors or Masters Degree.
Ethiopian Civil Service University held a consultative meeting with its public wings-Federal Ministries, Regional Civil Service Bureaus, and Students of the University on March 9, 2014 in Renaissance Hall, University`s main campus, CMC Road.
In his welcoming speech, Dr. Hailemichael Abera President of the University said that the main objective of the consultative meeting is to incorporate the participants’ opinions and suggestions in our plans in the bid to improve our service delivery in education, training, research and consultancy which ends up in producing competent and responsible civil servants. Dr. Hailemichael also said " we want you to participate in the preparation, implementation and assessment of our annual and strategic plans."
In the consultative meeting three presentations on: the three years performance report of the University`s five years strategic plan, Service delivery standards of the University, and public wing participation assurance documents were given and the participants held discussions.
After the presentation, questions ranging from graduates’ placement to entrants’ age limits, to impact assessment to satisfaction survey execution were asked by the participants.
Dr. Samson Kassahun, Academic Vice President of the University described the consultative meeting as constructive. In response to the questions and comments raised by the participants Dr. Samson said the University is looking in to ways to benefit the federal ministries` civil servants through continuous and distance learning programmes. He also said that he shares the concerns that some the regional government offices do not properly place graduates based on their qualification.
HIV/AIDS Management Unit of ECSU, HAMU, shared good practices of mainstreaming HIV/AIDS interventions into ECSU programs to visitors from SNNP Regional Civil Service Bureau experts on February 28, 2014.
The experts were from HIV/AIDS Mainstreaming and Gender Offices of the Regional Civil Service Bureau of SNNP. The meeting was opened with welcoming speech by Mr. Philipos Petros, head of HIV/AIDS Management Unit. Philipos extended his appreciation to the regional bureau guests for choosing the Ethiopian Civil Service University for benchmarking.
In his explanation about the establishment of the unit, Mr.Philipos said five university staff members were sent to South Africa before 2004 for training with the aim to building institutional capacity in responding to the epidemic.
Following the international training, HIV/AIDS Policy was developed and endorsed by the then College Senate members. This created conducive environment to establish HAMU in 2005 for better organization and institutionalization of the mainstreaming efforts of the university.
The Financial Committee of the French Parliament Lower House, led by Mr. Jean-François MANCEL, visited Ethiopian Civil Service University on February 28, 2014.They also held discussion with the University president, Dr. Hailemichael Abera, Director of Institute of Leadership and Good Governance, and UNDP Ethiopia representatives.
From left to right Dr. Hailemicjael Abera and Mr. Jean-François MANCEL
Dr. Hailemicheal Abera, president of the University in the occasion thanked the French government for the support it has been giving to ECSU`s Leadership and Good Governance Institute through the United Nations Development Programme. Dr. Hailemichael also said that Ethiopian Civil Service University serves as technical hand for the implementation of Civil Service Reform programmes in Ethiopia. He mentioned some of the leadership Training areas that the University is providing in order to support leaders at all levels execute their duties. He also said that the reform programmes will be successful only with a strong and committed oriented leadership.
Dr. Hailemichael pointed out some of the areas that the University identified and wanted to research on. Some of the areas are: How to identify competencies and skills that leaders at all levels have to develop, and especially in the disadvantaged regions of the country, as the concern is transforming in to a modern society, how can we make the trainings we are providing helpful to the leadership in these areas in mobilizing resources and people in the transformation process.
Discussion in progress
Mr. Jean-François MANCEL on his part thanked the University President for his welcoming remarks. Mr. Jean-François MANCEL said, he and his colleagues, as a member of the French National Assembly Financial Committee, have the duty to supervise that the French Government Public Aids are properly used. According to Mr. MANCEL, they decided to come to Ethiopia due to its longstanding relationship with French.He described Ethiopia as great country with long history. He finally proposed a linkage of the ENA and ILG alumni associations, and hints the opportunity to host interns, in France, at the central and decentralized levels.
Dr. Waqgari Negari, Director for Institute of Leadership and Good Governance made a presentation of the ILG activities and achievements. Dr Waqgari said the Institute so far graduated 153 students in two batches and the third one is taking internship.
India`s Ambassador to Ethiopia Sanjey Verma visited Ethiopian Civil Service University on 25 February, 2014.The visit programme included a tour of University`s infrastructure and discussion with Senate members, Management council and the Universiy`s School of Diplomacy and International Relations.
Dr. Hailemichael discussing with Ambassador Sanjey
Dr. Hailemichael and Ambassador Sanjey, while giving presentation