DTMES 2022 - Presentation

Challenges and possibilities observed in teaching Electronics Engineering in Ethiopian Universities: Case study AAU, and BDU
Getachew Alemu, AAiT, Ethiopia

Abstract - In the modern world, the day-to-day life of human being is becoming fully dependent on electronics devises like computers, mobiles, televisions, and other important household electronics equipment. The basic service giving institutions like hospitals, banks, and markets etc. are also firmly dependent on electronics devises. This necessity has its own impact on the economy of the developing countries like Ethiopia, in different aspects. One of this is that all the electronics devices are to be imported from abroad with great amount of foreign currency and the second is the proper installation and maintenance of these devises also needs foreign professionals which cost a lot. In this regard we may mention the medical electronics devises as an example. Educational institutions have to be strengthened and produce qualified electronics engineers to fill the gap of professional inadequacy in the area, so that these countries become self- dependent. Electronics engineering education produces experts in the area which can do design and fabrication setups in the country which enables the country to produce its own electronics equipment. This also helps to develop research in the area of available raw materials in the country which may be used for electronics devise fabrication. Establishment of electronics engineering education in the higher institutions of Ethiopia is found to be not an easy task. Electronics engineering education primarily needs expensive laboratory setup, and this again need additional cost to the country. In this talk we present the assessment we made in two of the senior universities in the country which has launched electronics engineering specialization; the AAU and the BDU. The challenges and opportunities in this aspect will be presented.

Getachew Alemu has received B.Sc. and M.Sc., in Computer Engineering in 1996, and Ph.D., in Electro-technics in 2004, all from the Warsaw University of Technology (POLAND). He is an Academic staff of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Addis Ababa Institute of Technology, AAU since 2006. His main involvement in the University is Teaching Electronics Engineering Courses in both the graduate and undergraduate programs. Currently he is an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at Addis Ababa Institute of Technology, AAU.