With all the stackholders available in attendance, on 8 August 2017, the University of Gondar held a consultative stackholders-planning workshop. By focusing on UoG’s campus master plan and its landscaping design the day brought UoG’s higher officials, The Ethiopian Construction Design and Supervision Works Corporation (ECDSWC) and The Building and Urban Design and Supervision Works Sector (BUDSWS) to consult on the way forward.
The university of Gondar when established in 1954 was a major powerhouse in terms of planning. The Malaria out break that spread through the Dembya region during that time caused the Government to improvise. In essence, UoG’s predecessor, the Public Health and Training Center came into existence to train able middle level medical practitioners to solve the threat facing that area.
At the moment, the University of Gondar has been able to plan accordingly and is growing in record pace. With the vision, to be the leading societal problem solving university by 2020, in reach, more is being done to accomplish above expectation.
The University of Gondar’s President Dr. Desalgen Mengesha, who opened the workshop, expressed words of urgency and assurance in the years to come. “To strengthen our plans and aims,” he said, “we are constructing huge mega projects that will fast track us towards being a research university.”
The president of UoG is aiming to feature two plans that, when completed, will allow UoG to become an international institution. He stressed the need for the University of Gondar to evolve from a teaching university into a research university. This will propel the students and the environment into progressive arenas that would further the cause and aims of the country. By stepping away from theory and going into deep examination and practical analysis UoG will benefit immensely. Therefore, the need to transition into a research university is a priority of The University of Gondar. Secondly Dr. Desalgen also spoke of the need to increase the number of postgraduate students. “Another transformation agenda,” he said, “is allowing the students a safe transition from undergraduate studies to postgraduate education.”
National award winning status intact, the University of Gondar seeks new horizons internationally. Up to date facilities, groomed landscaping, proportioned areas and a well thought out agenda is just the thing that global acceptance requires and UoG is willing to accommodate just that. With such recognition the ability to attain much needed international grants and aid will follow.
It is quite relevant for an institution to be guided by a master plan. Over crowdedness and a lack of forward thinking, in the past, has led to crumbling conditions in some of the campuses across this prestigious institution. With awareness of future projects and planning in mind it is believed that those errors will cease to exist.
Landscaping is also a noteworthy area that needs to be considered. As Mr. Amare Setegn, director of the Engineering Services Directorate expressed, “Landscaping is also significant in so much that it makes its surrounding environment beautiful.” Along with the 5 campuses of UoG, The University of Gondar Community School, a public school created by UoG to educate the community, will also have a makeover.
UoG’s leadership, as well, will have a say in all of this. Responsibility will be bestowed upon higher officials so that they will have a chance to put forward their suggestions on how it all transpires. This will allow all the participants and stockholders to feel some sort of appreciation and ownership. Hence, the future, of Ethiopia’s top-flight university, will be in everyone’s thoughts.
The workshop that concluded on 11 August will function as an ideological incubator that will bear much fruit in the next 20 years. Its importance cannot be underestimated, therefore, all who feel a sense of ownership in the construction and planning of UoG must be ready too give their 2 cents. When great minds come together, one of the oldest universities in the nation will be able to survive for centuries to come.
Reported By Samuel Malede| UoG Public and International Relations Directorate