UN Conference: 3rd International Day of Women and Girls in Science, New York, 8-9/Feb,
MoST-UNOPS Collaboration on STUs CoE Establishment Underway
On October 3, 2017, H.E. Dr.-Ing Getahun Mekuria, Minister of Science Technology held discussion with a team of delegates from United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) led by Ms. Worknesh Mekonnen, Director of Operational Hub (Ethiopia, Sudan, and Djibouti) and AU Representative of UNOPS. The two parties discussed on the establishment of Project Board for the Development of Centers of Excellence in Addis Ababa and Adama Science and Technology Universities. The Ministry of Science and Technology and United Nations Office for Project Services have already entered in to Memorandum of Understanding on August 9, 2017 for the successful implementation of sixteen Centers of Excellence projects at the two Science and Technology Universities.
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.
H.E Dr Ing. Getahun Mekuria, Minister of Science and Technology of Ethiopia has addressed the 61st General Conference of IAEA at Vienna International Center, Vienna. The Minister said that Nuclear Technology is used in Ethiopia for peaceful purposes in Agriculture, Food Safety and Human Health sectors. He stressed the need for strengthened technical cooperation between the Agency and developing countries. He also condemned the weaponization of Nuclear energy and called for diplomatic solutions to resolve the current tensions in the Korean Peninsula.