Get to know GKEN at UNITY FESTIVAL.

Get to know GKEN at UNITY FESTIVAL.

This weekend you can find our GKEN volunteers at the 8th Ethiopian Sports and Culture Festival; UNITY FESTIVAL.

Drop by our stall to find out more about GKEN’s work and how as graduates, academic, researchers and practitioners you can get involved.

Hosted by Escf London the sports weekend takes place on Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 July from midday till 9 pm both days. At West Ham Memorial Sports Ground, 157-159 Memorial Avenue, E15 3BS. (Wes Ham Tube Station).

Great DJs, Food, football, athletics, talent show, quiz, all kinds of business stalls etc.

Children games, football and running contests. Adults, men and women, running contests will be more exciting than last year. Come to enjoy the weekend with your fellow Ethiopians and Eritreans.

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Network sets to switch brain-drain challenges to opportunities

Network sets to switch brain-drain challenges to opportunities

JIMMA- Global Knowledge Exchange Network (GKEN) said it is working to switch brain-drain challenges into opportunities.

GKEN Co-founder, Chairman and Ethiopian Doctoral and Masters Academy (EDMA) Director Prof. Amare Desta, at recently held 7th International Multi-disciplinary Conference and Workshop, noted that GKEN aspires to cultivate local researchers, knowledge exchange initiative and reinforce Ethiopian and Ethiopian born professors’ support to the local community.

“Promoting indigenous knowledge at the grass root level should be the main concern of Ethiopian intellectuals.”
Prof. Amare also said that: “We have to think beyond the horizon on how to invigorate and interrelated indigenous with scientific knowledge to utilize it for the national development endeavors.”

GKEN has 1,541 volunteer members with Professors and Ph.D level performing and practising various academic researches worldwide, he said. According to him, these Professors and Doctors have been contributing to bring about a tangible knowledge exchange and provide students here with competent advisory, support and mentorship.

President of Jimma University Prof. Fikre Lemmesa said that the main objective of the conference is to exchange GKEN member professors’ research, teaching-learning and innovation experience among the local university students and researchers. Currently, the members of GKEN are providing free supervision and mentorship service to post-graduate and doctoral candidates, Prof. Fikre added.

Over 250 Ph.D graduated students have been offered advisory service by Ethiopian legendary network member professors working in different international universities, Prof. Fikre said. According to Prof. Fikire, hosting this conference creates a good platform to exchange knowledge, present researches and publish journals together.

“This conference is part of the university’s strategy of internationalization and will bring a lot of opportunities to diversify our university’s extensive engagements”, Prof. Fikre noted.

Prof. Fikire reaffirmed his university’s commitment to reinforce partnership with GKEN in different areas and succeed the university’s move in serving the community.

For his part, GKEN-EDMA Jimma University Coordinative Manager Demelash Mengistu (Ph.D) said that supporting, supervising and mentoring postgraduate and doctoral candidates are the foremost objectives of EDMA’s establishment. “Ethiopian and Ethiopian born university instructors in UK, Australia, Canada, US and other countries assigned as an external advisor and they are helping our students with fresh insights,” he added.
Nigeria’s Premier University of Education Prof. Edwards Adeseye Alademerin (Ph.D) said that knowledge transfer is obsolete this time and has changed with knowledge exchange. Intensifying efforts in developing competent human powers, advancing such knowledge exchanging networks and investing more in education is essential to manage the impact of brain-drain, he recommended.

Accordingly, participants from Ethiopia and Africa working in the global universities as well as African lovers are attending the conference.

 

Source The Ethiopian Herald 

Short term training on “Design and Analysis of Experiments; and Publication of Peer-reviewed Papers on Reputable Journals” conducted

Short term training on “Design and Analysis of Experiments; and Publication of Peer-reviewed Papers on Reputable Journals” conducted

Jimma University organised a four days short term training on “Design and Analysis of Experiments; and Publication of Peer-reviewed Papers on Reputable Journals” in collaboration with Global Knowledge Network (GKEN)/ Ethiopian Doctoral and Masters Academy (EDMA). The short term training was conducted from July 17-20/2017. Directors, Colleges/Institutes Research and Post Graduate Program coordinators, editor-in-chiefs’ of Jimma University hosted journals, researchers and senior staff selected from different colleges/institutes of the University participated in the training.

The short term training was aimed at strengthening the research capacity of Jimma University.  The training included design and analysis of experiments, analysis of data using Minitab and SAS, the art of research collaboration and the ins and outs of publishing peer-reviewed papers in reputable journals.

The training was delivered by Prof. Tessema Astatke, a Professor of Statistics at the Faculty of Agriculture, Dalhousie University, Canada, and an active member of GKEN/EDMA. Finally, on the 20th of July-2017 all trainees were certified for their successful completion of the short-term training. On behalf of Jimma University, Dr. Tsige Ketema expressed her gratitude to Prof. Tessema Astatke and the founder of the GKEN/EDMA, Prof. Amare Desta for their dedication to develop the academic capacity of the University.

Source: Jimma University.

Network sets to switch brain-drain challenges to opportunities

Network sets to switch brain-drain challenges to opportunities

We are pleased to inform that our 7th GKEN Conference & Workshop event, hosted in collaboration with Jimma University between 11 December 2017 – 22 December 2017, featured in The Ethiopian Herald, one of the national newspapers of Ethiopia. The Ethiopian Herald presented and praised how GKEN and Jimma University are set to switch brain-drain challenges into opportunities. Read the full article here in English and in Amharic. More details of this successful event are also available on JU website.

We will soon be hosting our 8th GKEN Conference & Workshop in Africa this year, 2018. Watch out for our updates.

Mr. Kora Tushune, Vice President, JU, Visits London

Mr. Kora Tushune, Vice President, JU, Visits London

Mr. Kora Tushune, Vice-President of Jimma University visited London between 7th June  – 9th June 2017 to further strengthen the noble work of GKEN / EDMA at our hub (i.e. Jimma University). In order to further assist JU to internationalise their courses and start collaborative partnerships with UK institutions, GKEN also facilitated Tushane’s visits to Anglia Ruskin University and to Portsmouth University for Wednesday the 7th and Thursday the 8th of June respectively. A special meeting was held for GKEN members to meet Mr. Tushune at London South Bank University on Friday, the 9th June 2017.

         

7th GKEN Conference & Workshops (2017)

7th GKEN Conference & Workshops (2017)

The 7th GKEN Conference & Workshop event was hosted successfully under the theme of “Accelerating Educational & Public Health Provision in Africa”.   We feel very privileged to have had 24 distinguished professionals (i.e. academics, researchers & practitioners from 5 countries (i.e. Canada, Nigeria, South Africa, UK and USA who came together to Ethiopia by mobilising their own resources and then traveled to Jimma, Ethiopia in order to share their ideas and experiences with fellow professional colleagues and learners / research candidates at GKEN’s hub, Jimma University. 

 The event was opened on 11th December 2017 by the president of Jimma University Prof. Fikre Lemessa and an insightful closing remark was made by the Guest of Honour, Prof. Farida Fortune

 We are very grateful indeed to many people for delivering inspiring Keynote speeches, running educational and result oriented workshop sessions and continued to deliver a week-long Block Teaching – even after the conference workshops event was successfully completed. 

 We are also very grateful for many people who have presented their exciting initiatives in/for Africa and also presented their evidence based and insightful research papers.  The list of speakers and presenters and their profiles is available on our partner’s, Jimma University, website. Many of those who attended have informed us that the conference / workshop events were an uplifting and they are hugely inspired by the 12 days long event which commenced on Monday, 11th December and ended on Friday the 22nd of December 2017.

 We also feel ALL the events were a ground-breaking success. Please read here what the Ethiopian national newspapers has been saying about the 7th GKEN conference in English & in Amharic. We are pleased to let you know that all the presentations materials and further details will also be available soon.  Be on the lookout for our newsletter and also check our website. Catch glimpses of the event in this video 

Dutiful to serve the motherland!

“Global Knowledge Exchange Network (GKEN) was established to facilitate ways and to support Ethiopian university students [post graduate and doctoral] while doing their research. It avails the necessary materials including competent advisers working in the global universities to help students in Ethiopia. Promoting indigenous knowledge at the grass root level is also the main concern of Ethiopian intellectuals. And this initiative primarily focuses on assisting the country’s education system to render quality education.

The network is important to Ethiopia with diversified socio-cultural indigenous knowledge. It assists students to have ample opportunities to do investigations in their field of study without any difficulties. Currently, the network has more than 1,541 volunteer members with Professors and Ph.D level performing and practising various academic researches worldwide. The network sets to switch brain-drain challenges to opportunities.”

The aforementioned speech was taken from Global Knowledge Exchange Network (GKEN) Co-founder, Chairman and Ethiopian Doctoral and Masters Academy (EDMA) Director Prof. Amare Desta. He emphasized that the network is organized and run by Ethiopian and Ethiopian lover professors working abroad. “We have to think beyond the horizon on how to invigorate and interrelate indigenous with scientific knowledge to utilize it for the national development endeavors”, he adds.

According to him, these Professors and Doctors have been contributing to bring about a tangible knowledge exchange and provide students here with competent advisory, support and mentorship.
GKEN aspires to cultivate local researchers, promote knowledge exchange initiative and reinforce Ethiopian and Ethiopian born professors’ support to the local community. It also promotes sustained local-international scholars to joint work towards knowledge exchange.

Currently, the network is working extensively on knowledge exchange between universities of Africa and abroad. “Having such knowledge exchange network is fundamental to mitigate university students’ challenges related to the lack of competent advisers while doing researches.”

For instance, over 250 Ph.D graduated students from Jimma University had been offered advisory service by Ethiopian legendary network member professors working in different international universities. Thus, postgraduate and Ph.D level students here in Ethiopia have benefited immensely from the network. Competent external advisors from the network are assigned to the students to finalize their research successfully.
He underlined that the network was established in 2011 with the aim of facilitating a sustainable exchange of knowledge for African and friends of Africa researchers, academics, practitioners and students coming from different disciplinary backgrounds in order to exchange and share their knowledge and experiences.
President of Jimma University Prof. Fikre Lemmesa said that the network contributes more to install better experience, exchange knowledge and mentor, supervise and motivate students to research on different areas. “Jimma University has launched a new field of study Ph.D in Economics, Business and Information Science [the first of its kind to the country], with the help of the network”, he said.

Thus, the network benefits the university to mitigate its human resource bottlenecks, he underlined.
According to him, Jimma University is committed to widen the network activities and strengthen its collaborative works like launching journals publications together and use the network to internationalize the university’s research outputs. Currently, the members of GKEN are providing free supervision and mentorship service to post-graduate and doctoral candidates, he adds.

This time, intensifying efforts in developing competent human powers, advancing such knowledge exchanging networks and investing more in education are essential to managing the impact of brain-drain. Installing best practices of the network creates a good platform to exchange knowledge, present researches and outreach published journals to the global community.

The 35th president of the United States John F. Kennedy once said: “Ask not what your country can do for you-ask what you can do for your country”. This historic and golden speech is worth to be remembered every day.

 

Source The Ethiopian Herald 

The Jimma University has called for international gatherings to be successful

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (WIC) – Jimma University has expressed its commitment to share knowledge and experience among Ethiopians from the seven world-class countries. An “Ethiopian Medical Doctor Academy” is established to help students from second and third-degree countries in Ethiopia.

According to the University President, the University said that the university has achieved the highest achievement ever since the university began seven years ago to share its knowledge and experience in different parts of the country.

As a result, a system for assisting doctors and professors at various universities abroad is set up. As a result, the support for a number of secondary and tertiary students has been greatly enhanced.

According to the president, the involvement of the educators has made a great impact on the quality of the dissertations, the competitiveness of the international community, and the relevance and diversity of the educational system in Ethiopia with the rest of the world. Researchers have created favourable conditions not only for the University of Jimma but also for universities in the country.

Since the university has been working with scholars, there are currently about 250 postgraduate students receiving scholarships from these scholars. In this connection, they have been advised to advise students, organize conferences, produce research journals, and give the university a worldwide recognition. He has also been able to record co-curriculum, he said.

Professor Amare Wei, one of the founders of the Ethiopian Academy of Mathematical Academies, for his part, should not only educate and educate but also to improve and improve others. Knowledge of Africa, especially of Ethiopians, is to be shared with other nations. Accordingly, the teaching of the international community should be strengthened. He acknowledged that scholars from the outside world had gathered. The Ethiopian Medical Academy Academy currently has 1,441 members and it will grow more than this again.

The University, in collaboration with the International Directorate of Education, convened its Workers’ Disciplinary Conference and Workshop from December 1 to 5, 2010 (2017). The workshop brought together Ethiopian and Ethiopian friends from various countries, and international scholars, who have taken the lead in international knowledge exchange and have taken into account the contribution of Ethiopian scholars to their contribution to the country, according to the university.

 

Source Ethiopian Press Agency

Ethiopian PhD Candidate Timnit Gebru award Alicorn in Artificial Intelligence

Ethiopian PhD Candidate Timnit Gebru award Alicorn in Artificial Intelligence

Timnit Gebru honored as an Alicorn of Artificial Intelligence by People in AI

Meet Timnit Gebru, a person who The Selfpreneur has awarded the rare title of “Alicorn in Artificial Intelligence.”

As a teenager, she left her native country to move to the United States and began embarking on a journey that would lead her to achieve a Bachelors, Master’s and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford. From there she earned a prestigious engineering job at Apple, then co-founded a startup. That should be enough right? Not for Gebru! She left Apple in the past, and now she is a Ph.D. Candidate at Stanford’s Artificial Intelligence Lab. But there’s more.

Gebru’s work was featured this year by The Economist. They highlighted her research to use machine learning and deep learning to predict census data using millions of images from google street view.

What’s further fascinating about Gebru is that she is a multiplier! She returned to Ethiopia to teach programming to young students with AddisCoder, a programming bootcamp. The students in this bootcamp were a diverse range, hailing from both rural areas and cities, with male and female gender balance, and accommodating people with disabilities. Some of these students have gone on to earn admission to Ivy League Universities. Thanks to work like this the next great innovation for our world very well may come from the minds Gebru has inspired and helped to mold.

Forbes has even featured Gebru’s work. She saw a problem after having the experience of often being the only woman in the room at AI conferences and being among a small group of people of African descent. She didn’t sit back on this knowledge as diversity is critical to innovation in general, but also essential to the development of AI which is known to inherit the bias of the people who develop it. Gebru took action to address the problem and co-founded a social community called Black in AI which is a thriving community of data scientists, and AI engineers of African descent and/or who identify as black. This community serves as a place for sharing ideas, fostering collaborations and discussing initiatives to increase the presence of black people in the field of Artificial Intelligence.

Source: Theselfpreneur

Students invent sanitation app

Students invent sanitation app

Two students from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) have challenged Government and other policymakers to use science and technology to address Ghana’s sanitation problems.

The two; Miss Agyirakwa Monney Bernice and Doreenda Nikoi Kotei-Sika, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science students at the Kwame Nkrumah Science and Technology (KNUST) respectively have developed an app which has been electronically fitted into waste bins to direct the public on proper waste disposal.

They emerged winners at the 2017 edition of the MTN Girl Code Project in Kumasi.

The project which is a partnership between Women in Technology Africa and the MTN-Ghana Foundation is a five-day boot camp which equips young women with basic coding techniques and business validation processes to enable them develop solutions to problems in their communities.

Some of these apps and business ideas focused on breast care, kayayei, food and sanitation.

The winners have pledged to broaden their innovation which will go a long way to solve the sanitation problems in the country.

According to them, they will partner sanitation agencies to produce such waste bins for the primary and Junior High Schools (JHSs) across the country as a way of inculcating good sanitary practices and hygiene into pupils.

 

 

Source citifmonline

Chevening Scholarships 2018/2019

Chevening Scholarships 2018/2019

Applications for 2018/2019 Chevening Scholarships are open between Monday, 7 August and Tuesday, 7 November 2017.

Chevening is the UK government’s international awards scheme aimed at developing global leaders since 1983.

Funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organisations, Chevening offers two types of award – Chevening Scholarships and Chevening Fellowships – the recipients of which are personally selected by British Embassies and High Commissions throughout the world.

Chevening offers a unique opportunity for future leaders, influencers, and decision-makers from all over the world to develop professionally and academically, network extensively, experience UK culture, and build lasting positive relationships with the UK.

Applications for Chevening Scholarships open on Tuesday, 7 November 2017. APPLY HERE

Click here for full application guidelines.