Launch of partnership between Arsi University and Inntech College, Saturday 6 April 2019
On Saturday 6 April, leaders from Ethiopia's government, business, NGO and higher education sectors gathered at the Sheraton Hotel in Addis Ababa to launch Inntech College's new partnership with Arsi University. In his keynote speech, Inntech College's CEO, Hirpo Kumbi, addressed in his speech the purpose of higher education - to both enable individuals to fulfil their potential and to contribute to the national transformation of Ethiopia. His speech brought together his vision for Ethiopia and his experience of higher education leadership in the UK with both historic and contemporary perspectives - significant contributors such as John Henry Newman. State Minister of Science and Higher Education, His Excellency Dr. Samuel Kifle endorsed the partnership and set out the Ethiopian Government's vision for high quality, innovative higher education provision, encouraging the senior leaders of both Inntech College and Arsi University to develop bilateral learning between not just Inntech and Arsi as higher education institutions but also more widely between the UK and Ethiopia, which has the potential to accelerate quality enhancement across the Ethiopian higher education sector. President of Arsi University, Dr Daguma Adugna, also spoke about the benefits of working collaboratively and what the partnership would mean for the University as it seeks to become recognised as one of the leading universities in East Africa. Addressing specific details about the two new programmes, Tim Reith of Inntech College, set out what the new MA in International Business Management and the MA in Governance and Public Service Management would mean for future employability of graduates and for the business and government sectors in Ethiopia more widely.