The First National research Symposium Held in DDU

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Posted on: Oct 08,2015

Dire Dawa University hosted the first National Research Symposium on “Strengthening University Industry Linkage and Technology/Knowledge Transfer to ensure National Sustainable Development”, from June 27-28, 2015.

Speaking on the opening speech, Dr. Girma Goro, President of Dire Dawa University, stated “Since Dire Dawa is an industrial corridor, technology and knowledge transfer contributes for the sustainable national development. This is, in

another way, an implication that the university can go one step forwards in contributing its part to the nation. Introducing the events of the symposium, Dr. Girma stated “25 articles which will be presented here in the symposium will have a significant role for the development of the nation. Therefore, it is inevitable to say that your active participation during the discussion session is considerably vital.”

On the other hand, on his key note address, Dr. Yitbarek Getachew, Vice President for Academic and research Affairs, said “This symposium, as its theme ‘Strengthening University Industry Linkage and Technology/Knowledge Transfer to Ensure National sustainable Development’ indicates, has a great role in solving technological drawbacks of the nation.” He also noted that this is the first symposium fully funded by Dire Dawa University with the goal ‘promoting sustainable national development’.

“Striving to be one of the largest public providers for Research and Community Services, DDU got the first of its kind chance to host this national symposium”. Amare Kenaw, Director of Research and Community Services and Technology Interchange Directorate (RTI), said.

According to Amare, organizing this kinds of symposium would, specifically, create a venue for experience sharing and knowledge transfer, publicize the findings of researches/out puts, create a room for scientific debates and experience sharing among researchers and experts on research findings, increase linkages among stakeholders and sister universities/institutions.

Following the key note address by the opening presenters, fellow researchers had an opportunity to interact with the invited speakers at a panel discussion, during which the speakers answered scientific questions and offered advice. The symposium included two sessions that highlighted the research projects of more than 25 fellows. It was featured with an interactive session, in which fellows were assigned to small groups to present and/or listen to presentations on multidisciplinary topics.

As one of the presenter stated “The interactive session was a unique chance to present my work and to learn about other work going on in different fields. I also enjoyed meeting and interacting with other fellows across the disciplines.”


(Written and Edited by Eyob Nega)