Research and Publications office

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Research programs are one of the most important values of Paradigm University. The research and community service office of Paradigm University leads both analytic and applied research projects that can extend the boundaries of our epistemic universe and solve the over increasing problems of our communities and our globe at large. 

All the research programs and projects  are jointly designed and and developed and carried out in collaboration with our faculty, research team, students, and industries. In addition, our office also coordinates with various  branches of government so that local and federal policy makers and executive bodies would benefit from the latest research findings.

Our Research projects are funded in two mechanisms. The first one is by using the direct research fund allocated by the University for this purpose. Second, as the University is working closely with wide varieties of industries, international organizations and the government, it has developed a long list of thematic research areas which most of them has funds promised to be granted by a particular private or governmental organizations.  Upon the approval of a research topic, the university will connect the faculty or student researcher to the company for full or partial funding of the research project.


Research programs and community services are just like the two sides of a coin. The ultimate goal of education is bringing about change in behavior or solving a particular problem whether it is metaphysical or scientific. It is the norm at Paradigm University that the curriculum and research themes are emanated  from the community. The theoretical foundation of our investigation and the destination of the findings of our applied research is the community.

As an online University, our students are geographically dispersed everywhere in the country. And this is a rare opportunity for the country to get researchers in every corner of the country and walk of life. Unlike student researchers in tradition in brick and mortar Universities, which are confined in city-centers and students have to travel hundreds of kilometres to collect data for their thesis, our students do not need massive funds for transport and accommodation. They can select a research topic from their own company or local  community which indeed demands only small amount of funds.

In addition, the community Service Department of Our University formally organizes volunteer faculty and students to provide coordinated community services for the community where our Main office or regional coordination centers are located.

The Research Quality Assurance and Publication Department of Paradigm University is dedicated to the verification and dissemination of research findings via academic journal publications, social media outlet and official channel with sponsored companies and respective government offices. 

One of the problems identified in the Ethiopians research tradition is that many of the research findings are confined to the Universities’ archives or libraries; and are made accessible only to the academic community. If the findings of our research do not reach out to the concerned body, we cannot solve the problem or change our behavior under discussion. 

In order to solve this problem, the Publication Department of Paradigm University has organized both academic and public dissemination and publication mechanisms. For academic, we have established annual Research symposium and the publication the articles in the form of proceedings. In addition, faculty members will publish their original works to international journals in their own profession. In order to address the wider public who do not have access to the journals either due to language barrier or the complexity of the academic articles, we have introduced  monthly newsletter published in English and Amharic. Furthermore, our department will uses our official social media accounts to disseminate breakthrough findings to the wider public.  


Annual Publications
  • Research Guideline
  • Thesis Format
  • Research Projects
  • Research Fund & Grants
  • PU Annual Publication
  • Community Services
  • Research Conference
  • PU-Industry Link

Genet Abebe, Research Director

MEET THE director

Welcome to Research Office

It is in our office that that we  drive our research team to use scientific methods in view of pushing the boundaries of human knowledge and develop new technologies. 

Dear colleagues and Students,

I am pleased to welcome you all to my office of Research and publications. I have been teaching a range of disciplines including Mathematics, logic, philosophy, civics, political science, development, ethics, gender issues; and and researching in related disciplines. I am a very welcoming leader and expert in student counseling. should you  have any questions with regards to your research activities or related academic endeavors, please feel free to contact me.

Genet Abebe

Phone: +251-922-850163


frequently asked questions

  1. The requirements to join Paradigm University undergraduate program is basically similar in all departments.
  2. It may differ from year to year; nevertheless it is always according to the guidelines set by the FDRE Ministry of Higher Education.
  3. Those from the preparatory program should fulfill the minimum requirement of the Ministry of Education in their national exams and /or;
  4. Those who prefer to upgrade or continue their degree in Sociology & Social Work need to have a diploma in relevant fields of studies from recognized higher educational institutions (universities and colleges).
  1. The program takes four years to complete.
  2. You have to successfully complete a minimum of 120 credit hours to graduate.
  3. You need to have cumulative GPA not less than 2.00 and remove the “F” grade scored in any of the courses.
  4. You Should meet the minimum requirement set for the major course which is you have to get a  “C” mark.
  5. It is recommended if a student could take approximately 7.5 credit hours every term to complete his study in four years.
  6. You can take more than or less than the recommended number of credit limits per term if you get approval from your course counselor.
  7. If you take less than 7.5 credit hours every term, you will need more than four years to complete your undergraduate study.
  8. The average annual  total credit hour you may be permitted would not be grater than 36 credit hour.
  1. Each module will be represented with Four Block letters acronym for the course. Followed by hyphen and terminated with four digit numbers as in ENLA-M1001
  2. Each Course will be represented by Four Block letters acronym for the course. Followed by with four digit numbers as in ENLA1001 (There should be no space between the characters in the case of course code)
  3. The first four digit is a convenient acronym of the course full name
  4. The –M in the module name represents the word Module and differentiates module codes with course codes (It is applied only to module codes; but not course codes)
  5. The Last four numerical digits represents the following:
  6. The first numerical digit represents the class year in which the courses may be taken. Thus 1 represents first year; 2 represents 2nd year… (1-4 undergraduate and 5-9 graduate courses)
  7. The 2nd numerical digit represents whether the course has one prerequisite, more than one prerequisite or has no prerequisites. Thus 0 represents no prerequisite; 1 represents one prerequisite and 2 stand for courses with more than one prerequisites (Ranges between 0-2)
  8. The last two numerical digits stands for the course numbers as indicated in the college’s central course catalogue. Each course in a college should have a unique number between 01 and 99 (Ranges between 01-99)
  1. A program clustered into nine modules each with three to five courses;
  2. A program composite of 40% descriptive, theoretical and positivist, and 60% normative, knowledge and capacity building courses;
  3. A program composite of 50% of endogenous sources and realities and 50%  exogenous sources and realities of specialized knowledge all gravitating to the main subject – matter civics and ethics;
  4. A program composite of systematic comparison and contrast between theory and practice with at least 15% field work and practical observations;
  5. The entire program to be guided by  Criterion-referenced evaluation approach, with continuous assessment as an integral part of the teaching learning process
  6. A program systematically periodized in to 4 phases. These phases are the following:
  7. Knowledge broadening Phase (familiarizing with academic civic and ethics)
  8. Knowledge–Building (Describing) Phase;
  9. Enquiry Provoking Phase; and
  10. Analysis conducting and criticizing Phase.
  11. A program composite of self confidence – building, self – expression qualities, dialogue provoking and consensus building techniques facilitated by group discussion sessions, multimedia lectures and students’ reactions, etc particularly through descriptive courses.
  1. The grading system is depend on the rules and regulations of the college as stipulated in the College’s Senate Legislation.
  2. Both traditional credit hour system and European Credit Transfer Systems (ECTS) will be used. 
  3. 1 credit hour is equivalent with 1.66 ECTS; thus a 3 credit hour course will have 3 x 1.66 = 5 ECTS
  1. Each course in the catalogue is assigned a credit hour and European Credit Transfer system (ECTS) point value so that teachers and students would understand how much time and load it takes to complete the course.Most Western European countries have moved to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).
  2. This system was developed by the European Commission to provide common overseas procedures for recognizing studies completed within participating countries within Europe.In ECTS terms, 60 credits represent the full time load of an academic year of full-time study, 30 credits represent the full time load of an academic semester of full-time study.
  3. At the Paradigm College, this would equal 30 MC credits for a full-time academic year, 15 MC credits for a full-time academic semester.
  4. At Paradigm College, we use American Credit Hour system. In order to get the equivalence value of American Credit hour point to ECTS point, multiply the Credit hour points by 2 or (divide ECTS in half).Working Hours or Student’s work load is the average total time it takes to complete the course. Work load is calculated by multiplying every ECTS credit point by 25-30 hours.
  5. At Paradigm College we believe that one ECTS takes 25 working hours for many courses. For example, since three credit hour course is equivalent to 6 ECTS; In order to get the total working load or students working hours in a 6 ECTS course, simply multiply 25 hours by 6 ECTS gives us 150 Students Working Hour per 3 cr. Hrs course.

You can simply open the course breakdown page and you will find them in a series of tables. As all courses are organized in chronological order, you can see the list of courses you would like to take or check in their respective terms.

If you are not sure which course has a prerequisite or whether you can take a particular course in a particular term you can always consult your Course counselor.