This year’s Ethiopia-Michigan symposium was held in Addis Ababa and about 40 University of Michigan students and staff joined a hundred of their Ethiopian partners to learn about one another’s projects

By Chetali Jain (The Michigan Daily) |

Ethiopia is quickly becoming a key player in the University of Michigan’s global engagement and multidisciplinary projects.

The collaborations with Ethiopia are widespread and diverse, ranging from the development of the first online cancer base in the nation to the longest-running field study of gelada monkeys. Other endeavors include transforming physician training, soil restoration and conservation, improvements in reproductive health and assessing the local groundwater and sanitation needs.

Three years ago, the Office of the Provost at the University formed an Ethiopian Steering group, with the goal to unify ongoing University projects in Ethiopia and develop a synergistic relation between existing and future ones. In 2015, the first Ethiopia-Michigan symposium was held in Addis Ababa, the capital of the country; the 2016 symposium was held in Ann Arbor. This year’s symposium was held in Addis Ababa again, and about 40 University students and staff joined a hundred of their Ethiopian partners to learn about one another’s projects and discuss ways to join forces through their work.

Nuclear Engineering Prof. James Holloway, vice provost for global engagement and interdisciplinary academic affairs, said he believed a growing interest to engage with Ethiopia from students and staff has driven many of the collaborations. Holloway described these partnerships as being “mutually beneficial” and having the potential to create something unique.

“I hope that our students come to see the amazing opportunities and capacities that Ethiopia society affords its people and find ways to learn from those opportunities, while sharing their own talents and capacities with the people of Ethiopia,” Holloway said. “I hope that Ethiopian students come to know the people of the United States and of Michigan and that they also learn from the engagement and develop new ways to grow their own society.”

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