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Zemen Development and Management Institute (ZDMI), a Higher Education institute in Addis Ababa is set to have the first official graduation in Master of Business Administration (MBA) and an International Diploma in Project Management (IDPM) on November 24, 2012. The programs were conducted in a joint cross boundary education by Zemen in partnership with Cambridge International College (CIC) and Castle College Nottingham in the UK.
The MBA program takes two years to complete but students would be allowed to extend their study periods up to three years if they are forced to interrupt their studies. “Since this is international education, it is possible for mobile students to continue their studies in the new country contacting local CIC representatives available in many countries,” Solomon said.
“Nothing brings change in a country like ours except through education. Bearing this in mind, we established Zemen (ZDMI) in June 2008. Exactly four months after the kick off, in October 2008 Zemen signed agreement with Nottingham International College to deliver an International Diploma in Project Management (IDPM) which is validated by the University of Cambridge-International Examinations (CIE). Since then, we had been exerting all efforts to deliver quality education for our students,” Solomon Seleshi, Director General of ZDMI told Capital.
He added: “When ZDMI began operation we planned to deliver short-term trainings but shortly after we started delivering an International Diploma in Project Management (IDPM), a postgraduate level diploma, for first-batch of 40 students. In the last four years, about 188 students joined this program and 93 completed their study for an International Diploma in the Project Management (IDPM) program.”
Capital learnt that Zemen is to begin undergraduate programs in Information Technology, Computer Science and Business Administration on its main campus. The director General said that the program is set to begin since accreditation has been obtained from the Ministry of Education.
The Ministry of Education has separated education in correspondence in to two parts: cross boundary education and distance education. “In cross boundary education mobility of programs, students and institutes are taken into consideration and educational institutes are required to conduct up to 20 hours of tutorial support per course for students. In distance education, on the contrary, students are expected to attend a tutorial of only 3 to 6 hours per course. Currently, insignificant distance providing Higher Education institutes exist in Ethiopia and ours is an institution that gives both regular and cross boundary education,” Solomon said.
Solomon believes, that by far and large Master’s students join from primarily, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), road and civil construction projects, building contractors, executives of enterprises. Zemen is known for its project management programs. “The feed back is very encouraging. We are hopeful we can contribute substantially towards the fulfillment of the five year Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP). There are huge projects to be completed in the GTP. For example, railways and roads are expected to be constructed in thousands of kilometers. These projects require enormous trained human power. We are working hard to provide skilful and trained human resources for these big projects. In our endeavor to meet this demand, Zemen has received 591 students starting June, 2008 to study in the MBA and postgraduate project management programs,” he stated.
In the first official graduation to be conducted on November 24, 2012; high officials from the Ministry of Education, the British Embassy, British Council, Cambridge International College and the Castle College Nottingham are expected to attend the grand ceremony. Among the 120 graduates, 20 are expected to be MBA students, the Director said.