The Addis Ababa University (AAU) welcomed a team of two from the Oklahoma State University (OSU) of the United States and held talks at the university’s senate hall on February 3, 2016.

The meeting aimed at strengthening the existing collaboration and partnership between the two institutions for mutual benefits and exploring new ones.

Attending the discussion with a number of university officials, Admasu Tsegaye (PhD), President of the Addis Ababa University noted that as the university has recently won a World Bank grant to host four centers of excellence at the AAU, such collaborations and partnerships contribute immensely to the new centers in one way or another. He further indicated that the administrative bodies of the two institutions are committed to work together on various areas of common interest and that now is the right time to engage the faculty members of both institutions to streamline the partnership.

On the other hand, Thomas Coon (PhD), Vice President, Dean and Director of the Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at the OSU identified the production of wheat, other crops and livestock along with the use and management of water as the top research priorities of the OSU. He further demonstrated OSU’s keen interest to scale up its academic and research partnership with various Ethiopian Universities on the areas of food security and nutrition, natural resources management, agriculture, biodiversity and watershed management.

Prof. Sebsebe Demissew, Director of the National Herbarium and faculty member of the College of Natural and Computational Sciences, for his part, accentuated the role ‘inset’ (a local plant) could play for food and nutrition security in Ethiopia, though the research conducted on it so far is very limited and fragmented. He further pointed out that the AAU is highly interested in conducting a joint research on this local plant with the OSU.

By the same token, Teklehaimanot Hailesselasie (PhD), Associate Dean for Research and Technology Transfer at the College of Natural and Computational Sciences of the AAU said that such partnership is inevitable as the research priorities of the two universities coincide. “Specifically, collaborating on livestock production and watershed management with the OSU is believed to add value to efforts of modernizing the existing backward livestock production system in Ethiopia as well as introducing new water irrigation technology to our farmers”, he added.

The two institutions signed a memorandum of understanding in 2012 that allows them undertake joint research and exchange staff and students.

The Oklahoma State University is a land-grant and coeducational public research university located in Oklahoma, United States of America. Founded in 1890, it is one of the flagship institutions of higher learning in America.

Source: AAU
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