Debre Berhan University (DBU) has undergone a significant transformation, evolving into an Applied Science University. In response to this reclassification, the institution has re-engineered its pedagogical framework, shifting from conventional teaching methods to practical, skills-driven approaches. As part of this transformation, DBU organized a half-day training session entitled "Overview of Pedagogies for Practical Teaching."
At the commencement of the training, Dr. Nigus Tadesse, President of DBU, underscored the imperative for academic staff to transition to outcome-focused education through practical teaching, reflecting a fundamental shift in the university's educational ethos. The training, conducted by Dr. Dereje Engda, President of Addis Ababa Science and Technology University (AASTU), emphasized scientific techniques, including experiential and project-based learning methodologies, covering elements such as planning, preparation, facilitation, and Evaluation. During the session, Dr. Abrham, Vice President for Research and Technology Transfer at AASTU, shared valuable insights into AASTU's experiences with project-based learning, enriching the discourse with practical applications.
The discussions among participants centered on the implementation and trajectory of teaching methodologies, culminating in a shared understanding that DBU, now designed as an applied science university, must shift from conventional to practical-oriented pedagogical methodologies. Dr. Nigus Tadesse concluded the training by summarizing its key themes, urging academic staff to adopt this transformational shift, ensuring the facilitation of practical teaching and the cultivation of proficient graduates equipped with essential skills, attitude, and knowledge. Additionally, he directed middle-level managers and academic staff to wholeheartedly embrace the implementation of practical-oriented education, aligning with DBU's new mandate as an applied science university.
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