Visit from Addis Ababa University
On Wednesday 24 June Rector Ole Petter Ottersen received a visit from Dr Admasu Tsegaye, President of Addis Ababa University (AAU) in Ethiopia. AAU is one of UiO’s main partner universities in Africa. The two rectors discussed ways of further strengthening the cooperation between the universities.
AAU VISIT. Back row: Senior adviser Einar Meier; Chair of CEES Professor Nils Christian Stenseth; Rector Ole Petter Ottersen; President Admasu Tsegaye, AAU; Professor Janne Bondi Johannessen, Chair of MultiLing, Professor Elizabeth Lanza. Front row: Professor Brooks Lemma, AAU; Senior adviser Marit Egner. Photo: Anette Løken, UiO.
AAU is the oldest and largest university in Ethiopia and plays an important national role in strengthening the teaching competence of Ethiopia's many new universities through its PhD programmes.
UiO has extensive research collaboration with AAU and also contributes to the education of PhD students from AAU through the Quota Scholarship Scheme. UiO currently has 46 quota students from Ethiopia, of which 20 are from AAU (14 PhDs and 6 Master’s students).
Through the NORHED program funded by Norad, AAU and UiO are partners in a major research project, Linguistic Capacity Building - Tools for the inclusive development of Ethiopia. The project is led by Dr Binyam Sisay from AAU and Professor Janne Bondi Johannessen from MultiLing, one of UiO’s Centres of Excellence. The project works to document a number of minority languages in Ethiopia, so that they can be employed in writing as well as orally. Although much of the project content is basic research, the project will also enable more people to receive basic education in their mother tongue. Ethiopia has 89 different languages.
UiO has research collaboration with Addis Ababa University in a wide range of fields, including biology, computer science, education, medicine and public health. Amongst others, the Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis (CEES) has extensive research collaboration with Ethiopian institutions, and Professor Nils Christian Stenseth, the chair of CEES, is an honorary professor at AAU.