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Five U.S.-Ethiopian Universities Partnerships to Receive U.S. Embassy Seed Money Grants

To mark the conclusion of International Education Week, the Embassy of the United States of America today announced the results of a small grant competition to provide seed money for innovative partnerships between U.S. and Ethiopian universities. Five grants of $15,000 each will be awarded to new research, academic exchange and curriculum development partnerships between:

1. Jimma and Mettu Universities/ University of North Texas Libraries – Enhancing Institutional and Digital Repositories of Jimma and Mettu Universities

2. Mettu University/Bowling Green State University – Teaching and Research Collaboration between Mettu and Bowling Green State University

3. Addis Abeba Science and Technology University/Brown University – Training on digitalizing libraries for research networks and technical education, and research proposal writing and laboratory skills

4. Wollo University/ Ball State University – Higher Education Administration and English Language Development at Wollo University

5. Debre Birhan/University of Maryland- Community outreach through women in agriculture program

The U.S. Embassy says it is delighted to provide initial funding to support new and innovative collaborations and partnerships between higher education institutions in Ethiopia and in the U.S.

The objectives of the grant competition were to a) grow mutually beneficial and sustainable partnerships between U.S. and Ethiopian universities and colleges, b) introduce new higher education institutions to U.S. and Ethiopian partnerships, and c) strengthen the skills and experience of faculty and administrators in both countries in developing and implementing partnerships.

International Education Week this year is November 17-21, and is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of our efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States.

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