January 11, 2013, Addis Ababa- One of the biggest public universities of the nation, Jimma University, is no more limited to its traditional home town of Jimma for its services- proving Jimma is a brand rather than a location. The university has launched a collaborated graduate level training programs in Master of Public Health (MPH) and Master of Business Administration (MBA) at the premises of ABH Services Plc, a private consultancy and research company affiliated to Jimma University, located on Bole Road, Addis Ababa,. The program was launched at Sheraton Addis Hotel in the H. E Dr. Kaba Urgessa, State Minister of Education and member of the Board of Governors of Jimma University, other high ranking government officials, invited guests and Jimma University leadership. Dr. Fikre Lemessa, President of Jimma Universiy and Dr. Markos Feleke, Executive Director ABH Services Plc signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The two institutions have launched the program to increase access to graduate level training and address the high demand of professionals trained in both areas at graduate level. The partnership is also believed to promote an exemplary public-private partnership in the area.
The program will offer a unique opportunity for those living and/or working in Addis to pursue their further study at Jimma University without necessarily traveling to Jimma. While the current program is limited to MPH and MBA degree programs, it’s anticipated that the program will expand to include other areas and tracks including PhD programs. According to the MoU the two institutions signed, Jimma University will lead the program using its current curriculum and offer the degree to graduates, while ABH will be running the training center furnished by a state-of-the-art electronic library and class room facilities and staff to manage the program. The two parties are also considering the engagement of US based universities in the program while currently the faculty at Jimma University will be offering courses.
About Jimma University
Jimma University (JU) is a public higher educational institution established in December 1999. Jimma University has four campuses: The main campus, college of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine and Collage of business and Economics. The university is located in Jimma town 352 k.ms in the southwest of Addis Ababa. It has an estimated total area of nearly 500 hectares.
JU is Ethiopia's first innovative higher learning institution with a community based educational philosophy. Jimma University currently has 40,230 students enrolled in its 5 colleges and 2 institutes. The University has a total staff 1342 academic, 1545 administrative and 305 health service professionals of which about 80 expatriate staff mostly Indians .
About ABH Services Plc
ABH Services Plc is a private consultancy firm in Ethiopia established in 2007 to provide services in trainings, research, and project & program implementations in health and social sciences. ABH provides its services to governmental, local and international non-governmental organizations engaged in the support and implementation of facility as well as community level health and health related programs in Ethiopia. At its head quarter on Bole Rd, Addis Ababa, ABH has a state of the art training and office facility. Since 2010, ABH has been affiliated with Jimma University to partner in implementation of various projects.
For further information on Jimma University: visit: www.ju.edu.et or call +251-47-111-1461 For more information on ABH Services Plc, visit: www.abhservices.net or call +251-116186520