Through the 26th-28th of December 2017 at the post graduate hall in Atse Tewodros Campus a seminar that empowered future educators to take up the subject of physics was held. It may seem that physics was once a major that only incorporated males. But the University of Gondar is set to take a different path. The students that were present at the seminar were predominantly female. In fact the future that the department holds may change the way we see the status quo of science as we know it.
The president of the University of Gondar Dr. Desalegn Mengesha and other scholars such as Dr. Newayemedihin Tegegne, Dr. Abebe Kebede, Dr. Loza Assefa (Stanford University) and Dr. Iwunet Abate (Stanford University) shared their insightful ideas and life changing information that spawns from physics and chemistry.
In his introductory speech the president of the university advised the students that were in attendance that the road to making an impact in the lives of people will have to incorporate two things: networking and energy.
Alluding to his own past experiences, Dr. Desalegn referenced the fact that scholarships are often times acquired through constant communication with others. “If you want to get a scholarship you need to network. Communicate through email, social media and other mediums,” said the president.
On the same topic Dr. Desalegn spoke about the need to have an energetic persona to fight any burden and to overcome any barrier. “You need to be active in whatever you are doing” he said, “a lot is expected of you and weakness is of the mind so be prepared to tackle all things with well-structured organization.”
Females who held a majority in the venue had a lot to be motivated about. Women in science and engineering can contribute much more than imagined because of their unique traits. Embodying such a persona, Dr. Newayemedihin Tegegne came as the living figure which all females could essentially look up to as a role model.
After acquiring her P.h.D from Stellenbosch University, located in South Africa, she came back to Ethiopia to impart some of her knowledge as a lecturer. Her presentation which focused on organic electronics and the environmental friendly storage of solar cells was informative.
In a subject, up until now, that was dominated by males physics is bound to have a new status quo. With a multitude of relevant information on the World Wide Web that would essentially fast track scholarship opportunities it can be said that the up and coming generation are quit fortunate. More of UoG’s female students are at an advantage to further their learning carriers with a click of a button. And with such prospects waiting around the corner it will just be a matter of time until Ethiopia’s female intellectuals become the next celebrated scientist.
By Samuel Malede| Public and International Relations Directorate