Institute of Omotic studies

Wolaita Sodo University, Institute of Omotic studies

Background of the Institute

The Institute of Omotic Studies (IOS) at Wolaita Sodo University (WSU) was established at the beginning of 2007 E.C with the purpose of studying, preserving and promoting all Omotic languages, cultures, histories and heritages and uses them as the tourism resources. The Institute creates opportunities for all Omotic languages, cultures, histories and heritages to be intensively researched and published as scholarly articles and books. It is hoped that these publications can advance knowledge and develop the languages, cultures, histories and heritages of Omotic people via scientific process of restoring them back to their original status.

 

The Institute will organize national and international conferences to share and disseminate the latest research findings of its thematic areas. It also will strive to bring about the standardization of the many Omotic languages and the restoration of all Omotic cultures, histories and heritages. Furthermore, the Institute will strive to promote and globally market the tourism industry of the Omotic people using the overall and rich tourism potentials of the people.

 

Administratively, being established under the Vice President for Research and Community Services, IOS is mandated to undertake multifaceted researches and provide varieties of community services on Omotic languages, cultures, history and heritages of the linguistically and culturally diverse people who are settled around Omo River such as Wolaita, Dawro, Konta, Gamo, Gofa, Basketo, Dorze, Kaffa, Male, Oyda, Hammer Benna, Bench, Ari, Shakicho and others.Its major responsibilities are studying, documenting, preserving and promoting Omotic languages, cultures, histories and heritages. The Institute also focuses on collecting and documenting oral literature, indigenous knowledge, and indigenous wisdom of the Omotic people.

 

Objectives of   the institute

The main objective of the institute is to establish WSU as the world's leading research university in the area of Omotic languages, cultures, histories and heritages. This will be achieved through preserving the linguistic, cultural and historical aspects of the Omotic people, and through globally-informed scholarship, research excellence, and a mobilizing commitment to social justice of the aforementioned people.

Missions and visions

The mission of institute of Omotic studies is to promote all Omotic languages, cultures, histories and heritages and uses them as the tourism resources. It is also   mandate to undertake multifaceted researches and provide varieties of community services on Omotic languages, cultures, history and heritages of the linguistically and culturally diverse people who are settled around Omo River such as Wolaita, Dawro, Konta, Gamo, Gofa, Basketo, Dorze, Kaffa, Male, Oyda, Hammer Benna, Bench, Ari, Shakicho and others. Its major responsibilities are studying, documenting, preserving and promoting Omotic languages, cultures, histories and heritages. Institute of Omotic studies has also a vision to becoming a centre of excellence in researching, promoting and preserving the language, culture, history and heritages of the Omotic people.

 Major Activities of the Institute

The major activities of the institute are to preserve and promote the culture, language, History and heritages of all Omotic people through research and community service. The activities in detail include conducting  both  the  research and community service and disseminating the  findings to the local, national and international community, providing short term training and offering consultancy services.

Contact

Markos Mathewos Alaro (Assistant professor)

Director, Institute of Omotic Studies, WSU

Email:markos.alaro@wsu.edu.et

Tell: +251913860527

Web: www.wsu.edu.et

 

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