LG Electronics is opening a million dollar Technical & Vocational Education & Training (TVET) College in September 2013 in Ethiopia. The college will offer courses in Information Technology (IT);electronics; and television and cell phone maintenance. According to Yong Geun Choi, representative for LG’sEthiopiaoffice and LG’s director of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) for the Middle East andAfrica, the College will also offer additional courses in agriculture.
The TV and cell phone maintenance services will be specific to LG products, while the rest of the courses on offer are general. LG will supply teaching materials for its college although the company intends to use Ethiopian instructors.
“Though the current TVET curriculum is good, there are missing practical links in the system. We have received very encouraging responses from the ministries about working on this,” said Choi.
LG’s college will accept 75 students into three departments for the first year of its two-year training. Students will graduate with a diploma upon completion of the two years. Students that have completed 10th grade are eligible to enroll.