Professor Tassew Woldehana Named President of the Addis Ababa University
Awramba Times (Addis Ababa) – The public and foreign relations office of the Addis Ababa university, the oldest and largest higher education Institution of Ethiopia, today announced that the veteran academician, professor Tassew Woldehana, who is currently serving as a vice president, has been named president of the University.
It is to be recalled that 22 individuals from different academic backgrounds and institutions have managed to enter the competition to clinch the presidency.
Among the applicants, a dozen of them were currently working with the AAU in different fields while the rest are employed in other institutions both within and outside of Ethiopia.
The English version of the Reporter newspaper on its January 20, 2018 edition had disclossed that foreigners were among the applicants eying the top position of the university.
However, according to the newspaper, the evaluation result indicated that none of the foreigners and Ethiopians teaching abroad has managed to make it through to the next stage.
In the second round of the evaluation some 13 individuals were selected to go through third stage of the competition. Out of the total 13 applicants who were shortlisted in the second round, five of them were professors while the rest have attained the assistant professorship levels.
The competitors with a rank of professor include individual such as Fikre Dessalegn (Prof.), the current president of the Ethiopian Civil Service University (ECSU); Bekele Gutema (Prof.), dean of the College of Social Sciences of AAU; Tassew Weldehana (Prof.), vice president of AAU; Masresha Fetene (Prof.), head of Ethiopian Science Academy and Emana Getu (Prof.).
After this, the board of the University, which is chaired by Shiferaw Shigute, will have the power to shortlist three candidates and present it to the Ministry of Education for the final selection of the president.
Accordingly, Pof. Tassew Weldehana has been selected by the ministry of education among the finalists to lead the university for the coming six years, through this new way of selecting presidents which jas become effective as of this year.