Addis Ababa University’s (AAU) delegation led by President Admsau Tsegaye (PhD), visited the University of Mississippi, OleMiss, from August  31-September 2, 2015. In the delegation were Jeilue Oumar (PhD), Academic Vice President, Berhanu Asefa (PhD), Deputy Scientific Director, Addis Ababa Institute of Technology and Zenebe Beyene (PhD),  A/ Director, Office of External Relations, Partnerships and Communications. The delegation met with various university officials including Chancellor Stocks and Provost Wilkin.

The delegation held talks with Dr. Nosa Egiebor, Executive Director of the Office of Global Engagement at the University, and his leadership team, and deans and program heads at the Meek School of Journalism and New Media on student and faculty exchanges  and collaborative research.The Meek School of Journalism and New Media team expressed its strong interest in sharing its experience with AAU and helping AAU launch a similar program.

The delegation also met with Dean Ken Cyree of the School of Business Administration, and Dean David Allen and Dir. Larry Walker from  the School of Pharmacy.  The president  emphasized the importance of joining hands in conducting exchange programs and identifying areas of common interests for collaborative research.The delegation also held talks with Dean Cheng, Assistant Dean Kendricks, and Director of MS Mineral Resources Institute Greg Easson from School of Engineering. The school of engineering team expressed its strong interest in working with its AAU counterpart.

The Ethiopian delegation informed the Mississippi team that Ethiopia is in a unique and diverse agro ecological setting and hosts abundant and unique flora and fauna, and critical medicinal plants that would help to create opportunities for collaborative research.

One important lesson from meetings with and briefing by various university officials particularly from the school of pharmacy and the school of engineering is that the schools have important research centers under them ( for example Mississippi Mineral Resources Institute under school of engineering and National Center for Natural Products Research under school of pharmacy). The directors of the two centers informed the delegation that they are a research arm of their respective schools and accountable to their respective deans, who also serve as the executive director of their respective research centers.

Source: AAU
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