In the modern-days, development of a country mainly depends on the development of the industries. The development of these sectors significantly depends on the standard of technical education nurtured by the universities and the technical institutes of the country. It is observed that most of the developed countries maintain a strong relationship between the universities and the industries. It is believed that the universities are the gateway of new technologies. Universities develop new technologies and by co-operating with industries they implement these technologies to raise the standard and effectiveness of the industry. Universities take the responsibility to provide technical human resources for the industries of any country.
The Electrical Engineering (EE) program is one of the largest programs in the Gondar Institute of Technology, University of Gondar. The Program has been serving the country and also advanced the University ‘s reputation since its official establishment in 2003E.C. It has trained a significant number of Electrical Engineers in the country who are playing key roles in the various sectors of development in the country. The core strategy of the program is to pursue its vision and mission to enhance its research, linkage with industry, academic and scholarly activities and become a center of excellence for its programs, thereby improving its eminence in national and international rankings.
The EE Program aspires to excel in teaching, research, and industry linkage/consultancy at a national level as well as regionally and also in producing competent engineers within the field of electrical engineering to solve the problem of our country and bring about growth. Realization of this vision requires focusing on specializations relevant to the need of the country; namely, Electronics and Communication Engineering, Electrical Power Engineering, and Industrial Control Engineering. This in turn requires institutional reorganization such as upgrading to faculty level where each discipline may have its own program. The attainment of this vision will require hard work on the part of Institute/program, staff, and students. This effort will require collaboration with the administration, alumni, industrial friends, different organizations and other universities. Taking into consideration the requirements of modern industries the program has realized that there is a need to implement the following four specializations (streams) in the present undergraduate electrical engineering course.
- Communication Engineering,
- Electronics Engineering,
- Electrical Power Engineering,
- Industrial Control Engineering
The coverage of these specialized areas will be given during the last three or four semesters of the present B.Sc. engineering course.
The Electrical Engineering Program is aimed:
- To produce skilled manpower in electrical and computer engineering to lead productive and rewarding professional lives at the forefront of Engineering based on:
- Current technological advancement in the area,
- The demand from the industries (need of the country),
- Increasing the linkage between the industry and the faculty,
- Enhancing the innovative and problem-solving skills of the graduates.
- To foster research and project work to solve the problems of the society.
- To conduct community service activities.
Rational of the Program
- Engineering in general and Electrical Engineering in particular is a highly dynamic field of study in that the rapid development of the technology does not allow leaving academic curricula untouched for a long time. Thus, to minimize the gap between the state-of-the art and the teaching process and maintain the relevance and educational standard, there is always a need for curricula review.
- The basic rationale for the program is the prevailing conditions in the Country with respect to the needs for professionals in this area and the future trends that are developing in the demands for the profession. The Program has been keenly following the developments in this regard both within the Country and internationally and the following provide some of the major facts and observations on which these programs are premised.
- Over the years the Program has trained students and has now reached a conclusion where graduates of its undergraduate program are equipped with sufficient theoretical and practical skills that would enable them to be engaged in work in the Electrical/Electronic sector of the national economy.
- Ethiopia, like many of the developing countries, is essentially a user of products of Electrical Engineering technology. So far, the undergraduate program is designed so as to meet the needs of the main employers of the graduates in the operation and maintenance of electrical and electronic equipment and machines.
- It is still logical to maintain the broad nature of the undergraduate curricula that affords the graduates versatility in terms of employment. But it has now become necessary to look ahead to the future needs of the Country and provide educational means to meet these needs. The current revision of the curricula has therefore sought to address these through strengthening all streams.
- With the advent of microelectronics, computers and computer-based equipment have found wider application in industry and other sectors. The declining prices for these equipment ‘s have also made them affordable and therefore accessible to large segments in industry. Computer applications have now been diversified and the traditional use of the computer in data processing and other computational applications are only a small part of these diverse applications.
- The convergence of computers and communication technologies has made it imperative to provide education that imports knowledge & skill in these three fields concurrently. The Electrical Engineering Program is well placed to offer such a program through its currently revised programs.
- This newly revised EE degree program is a 5-year program, including industry internship semester, which prepares graduates for careers as professional engineers in such areas as Electronics Engineering, Communication Engineering, Electrical Power Engineering, and Industrial Control Engineering. The training provided should be versatile and enables graduates to work in research, design, development, manufacturing, quality control, marketing, sales and technical support, and as entrepreneurs, consultants and teachers.
- The aim is to produce electrical engineers who are flexible across various disciplines; and can apply their knowledge and skills to lead multi-disciplinary teams to solve the increasingly complex problems of the industry and technology.
- To train high level technical manpower, who carry out research in the areas of Electrical Engineering and render consultancy services to the community, in the national development activities;
- To train Electrical Engineers.
- To prepare graduates with the capability of following the current and future developments in the field and related applications.
- To enable graduates work as a team in addressing technical problems
- To provide opportunity for workers in the field of electrical technology to upgrade their knowledge through a continuing education evening program.
- To provide graduates with sufficient background to undertake postgraduate training in any one of the various focus areas of Electrical Engineering discipline.
- To engage students in research that offers optimal solutions to technical problems in the industry, energy sector, telecommunications, computer applications and other industrial sectors.
- To offer consultancy service to the government, industry and society.