Mekelle University Signs a partnership Agreement with two prominent Universities based in New York
Awramba Times (Addis Ababa)- Mekelle University has signed a partnership agreement on various fields with two prominent universities of New York, Binghamton University and Cortland University.
The greements were signed on August 22, 2016 between Mekelle university president, Dr. Kindeya Gebrehiwot, who is currently on a working visit in the US, and his counterparts of both institutions.
According to the press statement issued by Mekelle university’s corporate communications,the MoU is the result of several months negotiations with both universities which was made on the grounds of reciprocity and expresses the interest of both parties in exchanging scholars, academic information, and materials in the belief that the research and educational process at both the institutions can be enhanced in a way that mutual understanding between their respective scholars will be increased.
During the signing ceremony of the Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) on 22 August, 2016 in Binghamton, New York, which is said to be Binghamton university’s first MoA with an African institution, both Dr. Kindeya Gebrehiwot and Dr. Harvey Stenger Presidents of Mekelle university and Binghamton University respectively, have expressed their interests and capabilities with an emphasis on postgraduate programs, especially at PhD level (mainly, sandwich programs), supporting MU staff to make successful applications at BU for post-graduate programs, staff and student exchange, curriculum development, and collaborating on studying important research issues in Ethiopia including watershed management, renewable energy, public health, SMEs and entrepreneurship but also multi-disciplinary areas such as governance, environmental and sustainability, and development studies.
Dr. Kindeya has also signed another partnership agreement with Cortland University of New York. Both signatories on the occasion agreed to encourage the development of the following exchange programs based on their respective academic and educational needs
• Exchange of staff members
• Cortland University faculty members invited to serve on the editorial board of future journals housed at MU
• Cortland University faculty being invited to serve on thesis/dissertation committees
• Mekelle University faculty being invited as speakers and visiting scholars to Cortland University
• Encourage research projects between faculty at CU and MU
• Exchange of academic information and materials
• Organization of joint conferences
• Organization of other academic exchanges agreeable to both universities
The parties recognize that the implementation of any exchange program will depend upon the academic interests and expertise of individual faculty members and upon the availability of financial resources. Accordingly, the implementation of each exchange program based on this agreement shall be separately negotiated and determined by both universities.
During the meeting of Dr. Kindeya and Dr. Mary Schlarb (the director of the International Programs Office at CU), the MoU ceremony was made with an emphasize on the master programs at CU among which “Adolescence Education”, “Communication Disorders”, “English”, “Health” and “History” were highlighted by Dr. Kindeya as the preferred areas for MU. The MoU was another success for Mekelle University given that Cortland University agreed on giving priorities to MU applicants when applying for a scholarship at CU as well as waiving the application fee.
The tandem dean of the College of Business and Economics, Dr. Hossein Azadi who has initiated this partnership was also with Dr. Kindeya Gebrehiwot during the meeting. Dr. Hossein will pursue further negotiations with the chairs of different master programs at CU in order to facilitate getting master admissions for MU applicants as well as organizing the visit for CU directorates from Mekelle University in the near future.
Source: Corporate Communications Directorate, Mekelle University