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Ethiopia Collaborates with Microsoft to Digitize Education Sector

ADDIS ABABA – Microsoft has collaborated with The Ministry of Education to implement a Higher Educational Management Information System supporting the digital transformation of Ethiopia’s education sector, according to the US tech company.

The Ministry sought to introduce country-wide education data analytics after facing an urgent need for comprehensive data and insights to ensure the success of the transformation process in the education sector.

With no Higher Educational Training Management Information System (HETMIS), decision-makers were lacking relevant data to drive the right decisions, and the impact of the implemented strategies could not be measured. 

The ministry in collaboration with Microsoft now implemented EDLIGO, a Microsoft Azure, PowerBI, and Office365-powered solution for advanced analytics and decision-making in education.

The Ministry plans to build education and training systems that ensure quality and equitable education for all Ethiopian citizens that will produce a competent and competitive workforce, says Zelalem Assefa, Chief Executive Officer of ICT, and Digital Education.

.The newly implemented “system allows us to pursue our digital strategy across the education sector,” Zelalem added.

According to Microsoft, a strategy, steering, and project management board was created to ensure successful execution, and a continuous improvement work stream was put in place, according to Microsoft.

The HETMIS strengthens the Ministry’s data collection, management, reporting, and analytics capabilities.  It also enables to Ministry to master the end-to-end data collection and analysis process and provides a powerful technology platform. 

The system can be used by multiple stakeholders at different levels, from higher education institutions to college or department levels.

Impacting over 50 public universities, 380 private universities, and 1,800 TVET institutions, the system roll-out was delivered in phases to minimize risk and ensure successful implementation.

The Ministry is now equipped with a Higher Educational Management Information System radically improving planning, decision making, monitoring and the evaluation of all higher education institutions, said Microsoft.