More than two thousand Eritrean Students graduate
July 7, 2012 (ASMARA) — More than two thousand Eritrean students graduated from a number of colleges and technical schools over the passed few weeks, according to the Ministry of Information.
The students received their degrees and diplomas from various fields, including teaching, animal science, agro-mechanics, nursing, radiology, anesthesia, laboratory, dentistry, pharmacy, mechanical engineering, among others.
“Our mission is to provide competent health sciences specialists, who are equipped with the foundation knowledge, professional skills, attitudes and ethical principles so that they can provide optimum healthcare to the people of Eritrea,” said Zerabruk Tesfamariam, Acting Dean of Asmara College of Health Sciences.
Higher Institutional Education in Eritrea
Cognizant of education as fundamental prerequisite to the nation-building process, the Government of Eritrea, in collaboration with partners, began lengthy deliberations in 2002 on the types of Institutions of Higher Education that serves the country's socioeconomic needs.
As a result of their discussions, the government introduced a total of seven colleges: Institute of Technology, Hamelmallo Agricultural College, College of Health Sciences, Orotta School of Medicine, College of Marine Sciences and Technology, College of Business and Economics, and College of Arts and Social Sciences.
Located in different parts of the country and offering university level programs, the goal is to turn these schools into full-fledged universities within this decade. In order to coordinate their activities, a Provisional Committee for the Coordination of Higher Education was established.in October 2006.
Currently, the government offers free primary, secondary and tertiary levels of schooling. The state also provides free meals and covers dormitory expenses for students perusing higher education. Consequently, the government spends 45 percent of its annual budget on education; one of the highest figures in Africa.
|Eritrean Graduation Gown - Photo credit: Ginbar Ketema|
|College of Health and Science Graduates|
|Eritrean college students studying|
|College of Arts and Social Sciences in Adi Keih|