International Women's Day was colorfully celebrated at Adama Science & Technology University. President of FDRE Ambassador Sahile work Zewde, Vice president of Oromia Regional National state Teyiba Hassen and Professor Hirut W/mariam, Minister of MoSHE took part in the event!!!
On the occasion, ASTU has showcased its relentless efforts of capacitating women and girls. The university has given trainings to several girls and women. The university awarded prizes of different sorts to 122 female students who have got 3.25 CGPA and above. Of these seven students who have scored very great distinction took gold. The university also awarded ten outstanding female students from preparatory schools in Adama.

Adama Science & Technology University is working in collaboration with a number of world class universities and research institutes. The establishment of several Centers of Excellence (CoE) in the university has given it the opportunity to scale up its engagement in executing its responsibility of transferring technology. In connection with this the university has signed MOA with Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI).

Deputy Ambassador of Israel, Mr. Or Daniely made Public lecture to Academic Staff of Adama Science and Technology University. Mr. or Daniely delivered the lecture titled, “Innovation Lab: The case of Israel”. The lecture was about the story of Israel as an innovative country; the process of becoming the startup nation from being a developing country struggling with scarcity, wars, and lack of resources. What makes Israel one of the leading countries in innovation worldwide, how the public and private sector work together in building the right innovation-enabling ecosystem, and how these are related to Ethiopia have all been covered in the lecture.

The involvement of ASTU in technology transfer is gaining momentum. A case in point is the successful designing and operation of an electromagnetic induction injera mitada (EMIM). The electromagnetic induction injera mitad (EMIM) was developed by ASTU staff members, Ato Feleke and Dr. Oquino from the school of Electrical Engineering & Computing. During the presentation of the newly designed EMIN, Ato Feleke demonstrated that the prototype assembled with its controller is ready for injera baking which he managed to show on spot!!!! The designers also made it evident that EMIM has got 50% improved performances in comparison with other electric mitads.This is a great stride in ASTU's role of transferring technology!!!!

The office of postgraduate studies trained academic Staffs, who are specifically teaching and advising graduate students, on the postgraduate curriculum development and revision held from Feb 21-22, 2019. It is believed that the vision and development of the graduate curriculum cannot be achieved without the involvement of the academic staffs. So, the training focused mainly on the means to equip the academic staffs with skills of the curriculum development and revision. The contents of the training are curriculum development and program review, and the trainers were Dr.Ambisa Kenea and Dr. Dessu Wirtu, both from Addis Ababa University. The participants were Vice president, Central Deans, School Dean and academic staffs from all the engineering schools and applied natural sciences. One hundred twelve academic staffs participated in the training. Based on the training, schools are expected to form different program review committee at school and department levels so as to be able to reassess the existing PG curriculum and update them.

Introduction
Entrepreneurship Development Center of Adama and Science Technology University (ASTU-EDC) is set up to provide business incubation support and technology transfer initiative for various industries and sector offices in the multidisciplinary areas of science and technology on behalf of Adama Science and Technology University (ASTU).

The term incubation refers to the process of technical and management support which is needed to start-up and new enterprises for successful development. The aim is to produce successful firms that will leave the program financially viable and independent, through Science and Technology interventions.

The purpose of ASTU-EDC is to incubate and materialize the conceptual ideas among the students and faculty members of ASTU and other similar institutions, and transform these ideas into value added products in the commercial market.

ASTU-EDC will nurture nascent ventures by providing workspace and shared facilities along with focused counseling. In the ASTU-EDC, the entrepreneurs can receive value added support and access to critical tools, information, education, contacts, resources and capital in the form of soft loan that may otherwise would have been unaffordable.

ASTU has established Entrepreneurship Development Center (EDC) under the Office of the Vice President for Research and Technology Transfer in an effort to play a vital role in the development of entrepreneurship throughout the country. It is also a very important component of job creation and economic development through the provision of conducive environment. Moreover, ASTU-EDC works in collaboration with various stakeholders in the arena to create a vibrant private sector, prosperous and inclusive economy.

EDC is also designed to provide an integrated set of services to empower and engage individuals to pursue the career path to entrepreneurship which in effect fosters the economic growth and development of the country.

Vision of ASTU-EDC
The vision of ASTU-EDC is to become one of the leading EDCs in Ethiopia, become top technology and business incubation center, and renown in the region and nation wise by 2025.

Mission of ASTU-EDC
The mission of ASTU-EDC is to create and develop technology and innovation based businesses needed for developing industries and the society by providing the knowledge, support and technical services. The center was meant to create entrepreneurship culture in the university and develop entrepreneurship eco-system in the community at large to support the socio-economic development of the nation.

Goals of ASTU-EDC
• Improve the livelihood and survival rate of new firms by providing technical and business related support.
• Strengthen the knowledge component of the local economy, also by engaging more closely the university system with the world of production.
• Create entrepreneurial awareness, culture and environment throughout the region and the country at large.
• Provide a nursery for the commercialization of university research, especially when higher education institutions are directly involved in the promotion and management of the incubation process.
• Foster the development of cross-fertilizing technologies such as biotechnologies, nanotechnologies, or material sciences that have several possible industrial applications and have therefore a strong impact on productivity and growth.
• Support the emergence of high potential start-ups and new firms that can achieve significant progress in employment, sales and exports.
• Produce successful firms that will leave the incubation program financially viable and freestanding.
• Build the entrepreneurship-oriented capacity of local institutes and individuals through direct and indirect supporting mechanisms. Read more

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