College of Natural Science, Addis Ababa University (AAU) has launched Center for Human Evolutionary Studies. Ethiopia is one of the countries in Africa where scientists have found australopith fossils and is endowed with diversified geological and environmental aspects. To properly utilize and manage these resources for research and development, creating appropriate institution which can provide scientific training is undoubted. To properly respond to this issue, College of Natural Science, Addis Ababa University has undertaken a half day workshop on August 13, 2015 at College of Natural Science, Graduate Building, under the theme “Curriculum Review and Expansion of the Paleoanthropology and Paleoenvironment Program to Center for Human Evolutionary Studies.”
The Center is established to search for the roots of human physical traits, behavior, culture and promote Ethiopia’s unique paleoanthropological and paleo-environmental resources and has enormous benefit to enhance tourism sector as it brings knowledge based promotion to the country. It offers graduate program in Masters of Science in Paleoanthropology, Paleoclimate and Paleobotany and admits students with background of BSc in Earth Science, Biology, Archaeology and other related fields including History, Geography, and Environmental Study.
Dr. Zenebe Beyene, Director, External Relations, Partnerships and Communications, AAU, in his opening remark said Ethiopia is the best place to study human evolution as it has unique geological manifestation and fossils that reveal the origin of mankind. Dr. Mulugeta Fiseha, Director, Community Services, AAU, added that establishing of the Center enhances to collaborate with different universities, inquire scientific instrument, and attract researchers and tourists.
The workshop hosted paper presentations by Mulugeta Fiseha (PhD) and Asfawossen Asrat (PhD) entitled “The Potential of Ethiopia’s Paleontological and Paleoenvironmental Resources” and “Review of Expansion of the Paleoanthropology and Paleoenvironment Program to Center for Human Evolutionary Studies” respectively followed by discussions and ways forward.
AAU is currently working comprehensively to expand its graduate programs in various fields which are deemed important to respond to the needs of the society.
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