Strengthening the collaboration between Addis Ababa and Bergen
President at Addis Ababa University College (AAU), Admasu Tsegaye and Zenebe Beyene at AAU visited the Department of clinical dentistry (DCD) to strengthen the collaboration between AAU and UiB.
Together with Dean Nina Langeland he was recently present at the opening at the new university dental clinic at the AAU, equipped with dental units from the former building of DCD. (link to Norwegian article)
On a trip to visit the Norsk lærerakademi (NLA) in Kristiansand and Bergen, the president also visited the DCD, and professor Asgeir Baardsen gave him a tour of the department and the facilities.
Tsegaye was particulary interested in the skills lab, which is a crucial part in the preclinical training of dental students, minimizing the gap from preclinical to clinical work on patients. The wish is to make a skills lab for the dental education at the AAU, a goal that might be within reach, according to the president:
– The ambassador of Norway promised us to help us to establish the skills lab, says Tsegaye.
AAU is one of the biggest universities in Ethiopia, and by far the biggest dental school. They enroll 20 students every year, and with the contribution from DCD they hope to enroll up to 30 students per year.
Over 40 dental units were shipped from Bergen to Addis Ababa, and the Tsegaye now wishes to scale up the relationship with University of Bergen to include academic exchange:
– We wish to establish a relationship that also includes staff exchange and academic collaboration, says the president.
– With a skill lab we could harmonize and make common curriculum and common lectures for these programmes, says Baardsen.
Baardsen has been involved in the collaboration with the AAU since the lat ninties. He thinks that students and staff from both countries would benefit from this academic exchange
– In oral health there are a lot of questions that are not answered at all in Ethiopia, he says.
– Shift of focus
The equipment that was shipped from Norway was a great contribution to the clinic at the AAU. The field trip to the DCD also revealed that there is a long road ahead.
– Facilities at the AAU are still very much limited, especially in terms of space and manpower. This visit gave me many ideas of what to improve. We have resources, and I believe a lot can be gained on a shift of focus, says the president.