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Ethiopia and Kingdom of Jordan to start STI collaboration
The newly appointed Ambassador of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and to the AU, H.E. Dr. Wasfi Ayyad paid a visit to the Ministry on February 21, 2018. H.E Dr. Ing. Getahun Mekuria and expressed his appreciation of the opening of a Jordanian embassy in Addis Ababa and further requested the ambassador to facilitate scientific and technological collaboration between the two countries. The ambassador reiterated his country’s keen interest to work with Ethiopian institutions in areas of science and technology education and research. The two sides agreed to commence partnership in human resource capacity building and technology transfer that specifically focus on higher education and research, staff and student exchange, joint academic programs, technology transfer. The Ministry of Science and Technology will sign memorandum of understanding with the Jordanian Ministry of Higher Education for the successful implementation of the initiatives.
Message from the Minister
H.E. Dr.-Ing. Getahun Mekuria Kuma has been appointed as the new Minister for Science and Technology beginning the 1st of November 2016. The appointment is part of Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn's cabinet reshuffle that came in the first week of November.
H.E. Dr.-Ing. Getahun has served the Ministry for the past two years as State Minister and Director General. Previously, H.E. Dr.-Ing. Getahun worked for the Addis Ababa Institute of Technology of Addis Ababa University in different academic and management capacities. He earned his BSc and MSc degrees in Electrical Engineering from Addis Ababa University. He completed his PhD degree in the same field at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany. The appointment of H.E. Dr.-Ing. Getahun as the Minister for Science and Technology is expected to galvanize the transformation process that the Ministry has already embarked on.