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2014 marks the 60th anniversary of the University of Gondar – its Diamond Jubilee. It is one of the oldest higher education institutions in Ethiopia. Initially established as a Public Health College and Training Center (PHC&TC) in 1954, it has since evolved into one of the top 3 leading Universities in the country. The past six decades have seen the institution evolve from training Ethiopia’s first health officers and medical doctors to now producing professionals in a wide range of disciplines. Throughout its 60 year history the institution has made an invaluable contribution to the surrounding community and the nation at large. With over 30,000 alumni, many pioneers and leaders in their field, the influence of the University of Gondar and its graduates reaches far and wide. Our institution has also been the site of many ground breaking initiatives, helping to forge new ground in teaching, research and community service.

Concept: Reflections at 60

As it marks its 60th Anniversary, the University would like to give voice to the many members of its community: both past and present. The University’s history is very much the history of its past students, staff and supporters.  As part of its Diamond Jubilee Celebrations the University of Gondar would like to commission a series of reflective essays to help capture the experiences of prominent members of it community.

The 4 part book/publication will be comprised of:

  • Part 1 – Express the experiences and reflections of University of Gondar alumni who have emigrated abroad and form a very strong part of the Ethiopian Diaspora community.
    • Content: reflective essays touching on individuals experiences whilst part of the institution; their memories and stories of their time; their views of the strengthens and weaknesses of the University as they knew it; the influence that their time here has had on their personal life paths; their vision for the future development of the University – accompanied by relevant photos
  • Part 2 – Express the experiences and reflections of University of Gondar alumni who have stayed in Ethiopia and gone on to exert influence in their various fields.
    • Content: reflective essays touching on individuals experiences whilst part of the institution; their memories and stories of their time; their views of the strengthens and weaknesses of the University as they knew it; the influence that their time here has had on their personal life paths; their vision for the future development of the University – accompanied by relevant photos
  • Part 3 – Express the reflections of the current University of Gondar administration/institution
    • Content: what have been the major developmental milestones achieved over the last 60 years;  what does the university currently look like (what are its various parts); what is its vision; what are its goals; where would it like to go; what are its strengths and weaknesses – accompanied by relevant photos
  • Part 4 – Express the experiences and reflections of current students at the University of Gondar
    • Content: what did they know about the University of Gondar before they came here; reflections on their time at the University; what is it like to be a student at the University today; what is the impact that they are hoping the University will have on their own future development; what are their hopes and vision for the university’s future development – accompanied by relevant pictures

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If you are interested in contributing to this publication please email us at uogyear60@gmail.com