Jimma University has three aspirations; to be first in Ethiopia, renowned in Africa and respected in the World. The first and second have already been achieved, its aspiration to become recognized and respected in the world will be achieved through partnerships with the world’s leading universities.
Founded with assistance from international partners in the USA and the Netherlands, Jimma University has benefited from a number of long-lasting and wide-ranging partnerships. The Flemish Universities (Brussels, Ghent, Leuven and Antwerp) are working with Jimma on human and animal health, agronomy and ecology, McGill and Dalhousie Universities, with aid from the Canadian government, are supporting the ambitious program on Post –Harvest Management to improve Livelihoods, Copenhagen University, with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Nairobi University, are working with Jimma University on a long-term program to improve human nutrition and Brown University (USA) continues to support the Jimma Longitudional Family Survey – a unique ongoing resource for national and international researchers. In the clinical field, the Ludwig Maximillian University of Munich continues to support capacity- building in mental health and an internship scheme for medical students. There are similar capacity building programs in a wide range of clinical programs, through partnerships with a number of international universities and hospitals.
The future growth of the University – it anticipates a four-fold increase in the number of PhD programs – requires new international partners. Jimma University favors partnerships which combine student & staff exchanges with curricular and infrastructure development and joint-research projects. The University also seeks partnerships which will help it increase the number of full- and part-time expatriate staff.
In common with universities the world over, Jimma University has recently identified a number of research themes to maximise its impact on national priorities. International partners are especially welcome for joint-research in the following areas:
- Food Security and Livelihood - enhancing food security, improving farm earnings and the nutritional status of the community while caring for the natural resource base,
- Health Care & Delivery – epidemiology, diagnosis and treatment of major health problems, quality of health institutions and health care,
- Environment and Climate Change- mitigation and adaptation and natural resource management for sustainable development,
- Quality of Education- detailed and objective analyses of quality at all stages of the educational system,
- Social Justice & Democracy- human rights, governance, democracy, cultural identity and cultural diversity- especially in relation to improvements in livelihood,
- Institutional Innovations and Management- strategies for poverty reduction, policy analyses, micro-financing and change management,
- Technology Adaptation and Transfer- water and sanitation, renewable energy, construction materials and ICT infrastructures,
- Science for Sustainability – bridging science for research and development.
Jimma University seeks international partners interested in the following joint activities:
- Short-term secondments and/or appointments of academic staff from partner institutions to assist with curricular and infrastructure development, particularly in relation to the development of new PhD programs. Joint PhD’s are a possibility.
- Joint- application to funding bodies to support joint activities – especially for joint -research projects and programs.
- Short-term secondments and/or appointments of staff from partner institutions for the design, monitoring and analysis of joint-research projects and programs of research.
- Opportunities for Jimma academic staff to upgrade existing Master’s degrees to PhD’s, with minimal periods away from Jimma.
- Intermittent visits by staff from partner institutions to assist in staff development of Jimma academic staff, particularly in the areas of generic research training and continuous improvement of clinical skills .
- Two-way student internship schemes to give small groups of senior students academic –related work experience in another culture.
Famed throughout Ethiopia for its pioneering work in community-based education, Jimma University requires all its students to spend part of their studies applying disciplinary-based knowledge to community problem and their amelioration. With this commitment to the community, partnership with Jimma University gives international partners the potential to make a difference to the lives of 91 million Ethiopians.
The University welcomes enquiries from potential international partners. Please feel free to contact Mr. Ermyas Admasu ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) direct and he will reply without delay. The University web-site contains much information, but like web-sites in most universities, it needs constant up-dating and refreshing. A major up-date of the Jimma site has just begun.