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Deputy Premier Spearheads Partnership Voyage Among Ethiopia-US Universities
/ By: Tsehaye Debalkew, Washington DC, April 25, 2013/

A high calibre delegation drawn from thirteen Ethiopian Universities under the stewardship of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education Demeke Mekonnen are currently calling on Universities across the US in a bid to establish a strong bonding and partnership between the two countries' Centres of Higher Learning.

The nineteen high-powered academic leaders are from universities representing the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples' Region, Amhara, Tigray, Afar, Somali, Oromiya and Beni-Shangul Gumuz regions.
The strong academic team was joined by Ambassador Girma Birru, Special Envoy, Ambassador Extra Ordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ethiopia to the US and resident Envoy to Canada and Mexico, Former US Ambassador to Ethiopia and current Tech University of Texas Vice President for International Affairs Tibor Nagy, Gezahegn Kebede, Ethiopian Honorary Consul in Houston and two Senior Cultural Affairs Specialists from the US Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The strong Ethiopian academic group led by the Deputy Premier apprised University authorities and leaders of research centers and hubs of educational excellence of the Tech University in Texas by discussing in depth the enhancement and sustenance of a dynamic and vigorous mutually beneficial partnership of Ethiopian Universities and their counterparts in the US in the field of higher education. The Ethiopian side discussed of the modalities of cooperation and partnership that will in the end benefit the two parties in furthering mutual understanding and exchange of students and the academia.

The Deputy Premier seized upon the auspicious environment by briefing members of the academia and university authorities of the Tech campus the enormous strides made in the fair, just and expansive out-reach of education. He also underscored the progress attained in the General Education Quality Improvement Program. The promising and ever rising number of students, centers of education and excellence and the impressive results upheld in the sector in Ethiopia was another focus of his presentation.

Chancellor Kent Hance of the Tech University gave a speech to welcome the international guests, who then mingled and discussed the pending partnerships. Former US Ambassador to Ethiopia and Tech vice president for international affairs Tibor Nagy outlined the possible areas of partnership and underlined that not only does Ethiopia, Africa's second populous nation but also the US could mutually reap the benefits of the partnership envisaged, he said. The academic group of Ethiopians has continued its tour of other universities across the US, it was reported

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