Posted on: Oct 08,2015
Dire Dawa University (DDU) has signed a memorandum of under-standing with Ethiopian Air Force (Eastern Garrison) on June 22, 2015. The agreement was signed in order to create an opportunity of mutual collaboration and work between Dire Dawa Institute of Technology (DDIT) and Ethiopian Air Force on multi-areas activities including on training and research activities.
Dr Girma Goro, DDU President, who made the opening speech, stated in his statement why the partnership was so important for the University, particularly to DDIT. He said the collaboration with Ethiopian Air Force, Eastern Garrison, “first would enable DDIT instructors and students to get the access to practical based training where such activities are to be run on the basis of planned procedure and mutual willingness; second, in order to conduct problem driven research and technology transfer activities on selected military air force areas on the bases of EFDRE Air Force rule and regulations; third to utilize their potentials and give advices for different aviation organizations as well as to Ethiopian Air Force; and last to exchange scientific knowledge and innovations between the two institutions.”
As a result, he added, “in order to meet the above stated objectives, based on the existing situation of the two institutions, four areas of collaboration have been identified and set on the memorandum document.” At last he explained his wishes that the two institutions would soon get close each other and starts to work together.
Cornel Abiyou Abrah, who made a speech on behalf of the Ethiopian Air Force, Eastern Garrison first stated about some of the achievements of Ethiopian Air Force Aviation with regard to research and technology engagements; he then said that the agreement with DDIT would be important for engineering students to use Ethiopian Air Force, Eastern Garrison as a center of research and gain practical based training. This would help the students to graduate with full knowledge, he added. He at last pledged to change the paper signed agreement in to practical work as of next year.
Following the speeches the two institutions’ staff introduced each other and formal agreement was signed.
(Written and Edited by Nega Gezahegn)