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  • Ethiopia to Inaugurate Mekelle, Kombolcha Industrial Parks Next Month

    Ethiopia will inaugurate two industrial parks built by Chinese firms next month, according to Xinhua news agency.

    The news agency cited Industrial Parks Development Corporation as saying that Mekelle Industrial Park and the Kombolcha Industrial Park, located 783 kilometers and 252 km north of Addis Ababa, respectively, are both dedicated to the textile and apparel and have a combined construction cost of USD 250 million.

    Ethiopia has ambitions to be a textile and apparel manufacturing hub in Africa earning the country USD 1 billion by 2020 and providing ample employment opportunity for its estimated 45 million workforce, it added.

    "There are about 10 ongoing or completed industrial park projects with plans to inaugurate four other industrial parks by the end of 2017," CEO of the Corporation Sisay Gemechu told Xinhua.

    Mekelle Industrial Park and Kombolcha  Industrial Park are being built by China Communications Construction Company and China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation respectively.

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  • Universities to Enroll New Students

    These are the new universities that will start enrolling new students in 2010 academic years.

    1. Dembidolo University
    2. Debark University
    3. Bonga University
    4. Werabe University
    5. Jinka University
    6. Kebridehar University
    7. Enjibara University
    8. Raya University
    9. Mekdela University

     

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  • meaning behind the names of mekelle university campuses

    Mekelle University, a quarter-century old university is found in Mekelle, a town found in northern part of Ethiopia. This university is one of the leading higher educational institutes in the country located in different campuses named “Arid”, Business (Adihaki), “Ayder”, and “Kelamino”. These four different campuses have names for their different places and buildings. Let’s begin by Adihaki campus.

    1)      “Kenenisa” Building

    You may want to ask this question, what this building has got to do with kenenisa? The answer is as simple as this – Speed. Kenenisa building showed rapid progress starting from the day corner stone has laid till it was ready for dormitory service. Some of them said it was hard to believe. At the final point of construction Ethiopian athlete Kenenisa Bekele won the 10,000 and 5,000ntrack races; hence the name was given to the building.

    2)      Darfur Building

    This name is frequently mentioned on TV, Radio and Newspapers with war and ethnic conflicts. Although this building is not currently giving services but still it is serving as the name and for male and female dormitory. Because this dormitory holds up to 26 students in one room, it’s full of quarrels, noise, music and sometimes small and big robbing can happen here especially in male students this name deserves it.

    The Names of Arid Campus

    1)       “Ashegoda” or Lucy

    When you enter into Arid campus to the lefts side you will find a newly built teaching class and male students dormitory. This place is so windy that during night students are forced to wear clothes that gives them warm. This place is called “Ashegoda”, named after a place found when you enter Mekelle. This place has wind farm project which generates 150 megawatt electric power.

                Right after this building you will find female students dormitory area. Between those buildings there is a fence. This building is called “Hidase” (Renaissance) building, named after the burning issue of the great Ethiopian renaissance dam. At the same place you will find the old dormitory area of female students though now it’s serving as dormitory of male students which created paradox.

    2)      Africa Hood

    This place is found in different area from lucy and hidase buildings and has relatively interesting vibe. It serves as the room for graduating students. The main reason that makes it more interesting is that it’s great spot for music, art events and other events like crazy day, water day and culture day.

    3)      The “Gedam” hood

    Gedam (monastery) hood is male students’ dormitory filled with tall trees that creates fresh air. In this area you can rarely see female students; hence it’s given the name.

    4)       “ ken’an”

    This place has almost the same history with ken’an in the holy bible because this place took more time to build starting from the day the university has promised.

    5)       “Sawa”

    This dormitory building doesn’t exist anymore. In the earlier times up to 26 students used to live in one room and life in here was probably hard. Sawa is a military camp found in Eritrea; hence the name was given. 

     

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  • Rahel Art Gallery : An Eye Opener Place for Art

    At the heart of mekelle there’s one eye catchy, compound filled with green trees and fresh air. Rahel art gallery is one of the leading places in mekelle to refresh your self and gather up friends to have good time. It was opened in 2014 by painter Rahel Buluts aimed to promote art and create one option for entertainment in mekelle, a town experiencing shortage of entertainment areas.

      Rahel art gallery owns a gallery which combines various collection of paintings and sculptures made by young and experienced artists. Inside the art gallery there are two rooms which are dedicatedly open the whole day for domestic and foreign visitors.

    Inside the compound, there’s a coffee shop where people can enjoy drinking coffee or tea and eat the domestic bread named as “hanzza” with “mess” an Ethiopian domestic drink originally made of honey. In addition there are many books written by different authors which are free to be read by the customers of the art gallery.

                    Rahel art gallery is well known by its art event which takes place every Saturday afternoon at 9 o’clock local time. At this event many young and experienced writers present their short novel, poems, monologues and jokes from mekelle city and its surrounding towns. This art event is also becoming one big venue for inauguration of books and stage for inspirational speeches by different scholars.

                    Outside the compound, there’s one room filled with different cultural and historic gift items where many tourists purchase gift for their beloved ones.

     

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