At this time of the year, students from different colleges graduate in various fields of studies. The graduation of these students is indispensable to the process of building human resource which is the government’s top priority. Following their graduation, these students are assigned to work in different sectors of the economy. Through this, the envisaged of development program of the country towards ensuring social justice and economic emancipation could be implemented by nationals equipped with knowledge. One of the colleges, Asmara College of Health Sciences has graduated 136 students out of whom 8 completed masters’ studies, 124 in first degree and the rest 4 in diploma. Shabait conducted an interview with the Dean of Asmara College of Health Sciences, Dr. Azieb Ogbagebriel. Excerpts follow:
Would you please brief us with the background of the College?
The College of Health Science was setup as an independent institution in 2005 with the restructuring of higher educational institutions. The formation of this college was aimed at nurturing skilled manpower in health sector. We have five schools including pharmacy, nursing, medical laboratory technology and school of public health.
How many students does this college accommodate at present?
We have 1,382 students pursuing various courses in the college at all levels. About 570 students enrolled last year. However, we are planning to receive more students with the increasing demand for skilled professionals and the rising number of high school complete students.
How about the capacity of this college?
The college is striving to provide standardized education particularly in terms of hiring competent teachers, provision of updated books and modern lab equipments. The main task of this college is to maintain academic excellence with local relevance. Of course, there remains much effort to be exerted so as to maintain the standard and expand health education opportunities. We have 56 teachers in degree program, 36 of whom are Eritrean nationals. We are still working to upgrade the capacity of these teachers by sending them abroad for masters’ studies as well as providing distance learning.
Any new developments in the college?
Well, 8 students have graduated in masters for the first time, which attests to the enhanced capacity of the college. Besides, we were able to graduate students in degree in public health school for the first time since its establishment in 2006.
Does the college have links with international educational institutions?
The college has been making relentless endeavors to foster relations with well-known educational institutions abroad in a bid to ensure academic excellence of the college. We also have cooperative relations with regional and local educational institutions.