staff employees. Beyond and on top of the academic mission, the university has done marvelous accomplishments in research and community service.
As many other universities are doing, for example as what Bhdar dar University has named the city Bahr Dar; City of Wisdom, Mekelle university is also trying to express the city as aforementioned; City of Knowledge. But can the current appearance of the city lead us to say that? How dare this university called to the city just “city of knowledge” where there is no even one capable public library even to read a newspaper?
Here I am not totally blame to the university where many of its missions are being done in a fruitful manner. It is a federal institution and is accomplishing what is expected from it in trendy way. So copping the knowledge infrastructure of the city up with the heartwarming catchphrase is beyond what Mekelle University can do.
Leaving this for a while I just want to forward some of my opinions on what a city of knowledge should have been seems like. This is with a great hope and determinism the change.
We said “Mekelle; city of Knowledge”. Well, what is knowledge in the first place? I do think that knowledge is man’s power to understand things and have an action consequently. So knowledge’s foundation is information. Let me try to see this in a well paraphrased manner.
Library is one of the sources of information and after a deep think and look at the information it becomes knowledge. But in Mekelle it was only that old and twisted Library located at Endamariam church. It is twisted and considered as recreation place of youth not a library. I was reading there when I was in campus. You can get out when you get bored and you can play a football game there in the compound. There was also (even now) a musical club in the compound of the library. Two of those things are anti what a library should be. Neither expansion nor management has shown and this has killed the library of the city which is named as a “city of knowledge”.
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