Mid-Term Review of BRTE Project

The mid-term review meeting of Building Resilience Through Education (BRTE), which is a European Commission funded project, was underway in University College Dublin (UCD) on March 7, 2019 where participants from European Commission Officer, UCD staff, NOHA representatives, Concern Worldwide, Future Analytics, Ethiopian Ambassador to Ireland and 2 delegates, 4 Wolaita Sodo University senior management staff and Institute of Technology Carlow senior staff took part. The objective was to evaluate the progress of the project and share the novel approach of BRTE for partners to get more collaboration and scaling up.

Associate Professor Pat Gibbons, principal investigator of the project, explained the progress of the project. He presented achievements registered in building critical infrastructure in Wolaita Sodo University and the progress made towards work-package 4 -research and innovation. Following him, Dr Sulagna Maitra, Dr Berhanu Kuma, Mr Dejen Kuma, and Dr Ronan McDermott have also presented about the progress made on other aspects of the project.

The European Commission Project Adviser, Adam WALENDZIK, had a discussion during lunch time with representatives of the consortium members of the project and delegates of Ethiopian Embassy to Ireland.

Wolaita Sodo University (WSU) management team had an opportunity to discuss with the 14 PhD researchers, who are undertaking their PhD based on the inter institutional co-supervisory agreement made between WSU and UCD as part of BRTE project. The three work-package-3 team also joined the discussion.

During dinner programme, the project management team had a discussion with the delegates of WSU about upcoming activities and on how to further strengthen the benefits of the project. The discussion was successful in enhancing a better understanding among the participants and setting future direction.

Ethiopian Embassy to Ireland organized a dinner programme to the senior management team of WSU. In the dinner programme, his excellency Ambassador Eshetu Dessie emphasized that the success of this project promotes new way of partnership between local and international universities and can be used as a launching pad to scale up similar project into other universities of the country.

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