Statistical Collaboration Center and Its Services at Hawassa University, Ethiopia

Saturday, February 13, 2016: 8:00 AM-9:30 AM
Wilson C (Marriott Wardman Park)
Ayele Goshu, Hawassa University, Hawassa, Ethiopia
This talk describes the experiences gained from the established statistical collaboration canter at Hawassa University in Ethiopia as part of the LISA 2020 network. The established center has got similar setup as LISA at Virginia Tech. Statisticians are trained on how to become more effective scientific collaborators with the researchers at the University. The services are being delivered since May 2015. The University has a well established and strong academic graduate programs of statistics: one doctoral, two masters and one bachelor. The master programs teaching statistics are: Applied Statistics, and Mathematical and Statistical Modelling launched in 2008 and 2010, respectively. They are research based studies. They have produced over one hundred sixty graduates to-date, with current enrollment of over fifty students. The doctoral program has just started in 2013, with enrollment of ten students. The graduate students are the main role players as statistical collaborators at the center. The collaborators and clients have revealed positive feedbacks about the services. It is observed that the collaboration scheme seem to have an impact on research quality of the non-statistician clients (i.e. faculty members and graduate students). The role of statisticians will be important in the scientific researches of the University so as to meet the societal needs. The collaboration practice has a potential to enhance the statistics education and research at the department itself. The center needs to be strengthened and expanded for greater services and sharing experiences with other similar higher institutions.