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Ambassador courts UB to partner with Ethiopian universities

Ambassador courts UB to partner with Ethiopian universities

Dated : 18.05.2017

Ethiopian Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, His Excellency Mr Mulugeta Kelil Beshir has extended an invitation to the University of Botswana to strike strategic partnerships with one of the universities in Ethiopia they would formally identify later on.

Mr Beshir, who is based in Pretoria, made the invitation in a meeting with the Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs, Professor Sebudubudu, at the University of Botswana on May 11, 2017. Professor Sebudubudu saw the ambassador on behalf of the Acting Vice Chancellor, Professor Kgomotso Moahi, who had travelled outside town on official duties.
Mr Beshir outlined the excellent diplomatic relations existing between Botswana and Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia which he said dated back to 1990. He further expressed the desire to see such cooperation extended to other strategic areas of mutual benefit at institutional level. He said overall, Ethiopia had about 44 government-owned universities which they would like to partner with others in Africa, including UB.
He noted that they identified UB as one of the well experienced universities which could benefit them in terms of skills and technology transfer, cultural exchanges as well as create a dynamic platform for sharing knowledge between Botswana and Ethiopia.
Professor Sebudubudu acknowledged that collaboration between UB and an Ethiopian university would be mutually beneficial to both countries, especially that Ethiopia was of strategic importance to Botswana as the seat of the African Union.
He said the collaboration would also promote South-South collaboration in addition to the North-South relations that had long existed, but advised that it could only be possible if the two countries and their institutions developed a memorandum of understanding in that regard. Professor Sebudubudu also appreciated the key role Ethiopia played in the development of Botswana and said UB was looking forward to exploring other areas of mutual benefit.
The Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, Professor Anderson Chebanne, said with Ethiopia as the epitome of African liberation, the collaboration would help the Faculty in disciplines that dealt with the historical, archaeological, cultural aspects of Africa which were also critical in the study of African renaissance and languages.
Professor Chebanne said with the MoU, UB would be able to explore more areas of collaboration and partnership. He added that it would be an exciting opportunity that the two countries, through their universities, would engage to build capacity and make sure that African academic development becomes an African affair.
He said he was happy that, unlike in the past where memoranda were signed and left to gather dust, this time around UB, though its international partners and internalisation policy, would ensure that such partnerships bear fruit.
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