The University of Montana will expand its international reach this week when president George Dennison signs an agreement with Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia.
The partnership with one of Africa’s top universities will establish new avenues for faculty research and exchanges, student exchanges, and joint conferences and publications.
“It has been our dream to have a major institutional partnership with a prominent African university and a new opening with a very important African country with a long history and rich culture,” associate provost for international programs Mehrdad Kia said. “Ethiopia presents all of those opportunities.”
Tsige Gebremariam Woldemariam, the vice president for graduate studies and research at Addis Ababa University, and Dennison will sign the agreement during a weeklong visit of Ethiopian administrators, beginning Monday.
Joining Woldemariam will be Yacob Arsano Atito, dean of the College of Social Sciences; Afework Bekele Simegn, dean of the Faculty of Science; and Damen Haile Mariam Gebre Kiros, associate dean for graduate studies and research in the Faculty of Medicine.
They will give a public presentation about Ethiopia and their university at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the old Journalism Building, Room 303.
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