School of Biomedical Engineering

Background

Jimma Institute of Technology’s, Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME), widely regarded as the top program of its kind in Ethiopia, is dedicated to solving important clinical problems in the country. At the intersection of inquiry and discovery, the department integrates biology, medicine, and engineering to prepare students for transforming Ethiopian healthcare. Its association with Jimma University Specialized hospital provides students with opportunities to engage with some of the best public health hospital professionals and scientists in the country.

Biomedical Engineering directly benefits the health and well-being of people; hence, the Biomedical Engineer is often attracted to this humanistic component as well as the intellectual rigor at the intersection of disciplines. A biomedical engineer is therefore a person who is professionally and academically qualified to design, develop, test, and maintain biomedical equipment. 

Future Plan

  • Integrate additional practical training in design and innovation throughout the curriculum, especially in collaboration with the newly outfitted Jimma University Specialized Hospital.

  • Continue to expand relationships with industry, government, clinical, and other academic partners for increased participation in experiential learning (e.g. internship, study abroad) and placement opportunities, as well as support for entrepreneurial activities 

  • Expand the national and international presence of our program through quality research, capable alumni and international partnerships.

  • Providing a fully functional prototyping laboratory for developing medical devices appropriate in the context of Ethiopian healthcare.

Community 

The Biomedical Engineering Department at JiT exposes students to BME – related issues in the community through the Team Training Program (TTP) and Community Based Training Program (CBTP). These programs allows student to team up with students from medical and public health faculties and exposed to the health institutions in the service of community-related health problems. These programs intend to offer opportunities for hands-on experience and build inter-sartorial collaboration. The students have the opportunity to identify problems associated with biomedical equipment in the health care system and propose realistically feasible solutions and strategies.