Today on 27 October 2020 Queens University Canada graduated its first batch of Masters in Occupational Therapy Fellows. The Fellows Haben Tesfamichael and Zelalem Demeke are staff members from the University of Gondar.
The University of Gondar won a grant from the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program back in 2016 that allowed its staff members to get a once in a lifetime education at Queens University Canada, which is one of the premier Educational Institutions in the world.
Due to the current global pandemic the graduation ceremony had been streamed live through the internet platform Zoom. Instructors, coordinators, graduate students and members from the Foundation were all present to congratulate the 2 individuals on their successful completion of their studies.
What made the day more special than other days is the fact that the ceremony landed on the same day as World Occupational Day. The fellows expressed their delight in the Occupational Therapy program at Queens and are eager to come back to their native country to share their newfound knowledge and to treat others with this unique science.
In the coming weeks the graduates will be tasked with OT related work here in the country of Ethiopia. Among the endeavors they will concentrate on starting clinical services in Occupational Therapy at UoG Hospital and starting the first ever BSc level OT training program at the school of medicine.
The two graduates will be among many other fellows (who will graduate in the near future) who will be tasked with establishing Ethiopia’s first Occupational Therapy department in Ethiopia.