DAAD Supports Multimedia Teaching at Adama Science and Technology University (31.3.2014)

By sending Prof. Dr.-Ing. Achim Ibenthal to the Adama Science and Technology University (ASTU) for a 6 months assignment in summer term 2014, the DAAD continues supporting ASTU with experts. Prof. Ibenthal from the German HAWK University of Applied Sciences and Arts is specialized on multimedia signal processing. He gives courses to undergraduate as well as postgraduate students. Beyond this he is establishing a project on automated tuberculosis diagnosis together with the W.-Hirsch-Institute of Tropical Medicine in Asella, the St. Paul Hospital in Addis Ababa and German company MVIP Software Consulting GmbH. According to the World Health Organization, tuberculosis is a high priority health issue. The project partners are working on a screening method which is suitable for mobile applications and can be operated by non-experts. This way, screening can be extended to rural regions lacking of health centres and radiologists.

Being asked, what motivates him to work in Ethiopia, Prof. Ibenthal answers: “Ethiopia has a unique history. It is the cradle of mankind, it looks back to more than 6000 years of documented history and it is Africa’s only country which never became colonialized. Its development has always been and still today is a role model for Africa and for Africans abroad.” Having said so, the Rastafarian professor points to Ethiopian culture: “It is amazing to see people of different religions living together peacefully, walking side by side on the street, greeting and respecting each other. There is a lot to learn about tolerance in Ethiopia.”

Prof. Ibenthal is keen on establishing a long-term relationship: ”Working conditions are challenging but the staff at ASTU more than compensate technical difficulties by their personal support. I am grateful to all and I will certainly come back to Ethiopia.”

Since 1966, the DAAD Short-term Lectureship Programme supported 15,700 lecturers of German universities to teach at universities all over the world. For more information about the programme, please follow this link (information are only available in German).