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Berhanu Nega appointed Chancellor of Addis Ababa University

Addis Ababa University Chancellor
Addis Ababa University Chancellor , Berhanu Nega (Photo : from the web/file)

By Staff Reporter

ADDIS ABABA –  (BORKENA) – Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (Dr.) has appointed Professor Berhanu Nega, Minister of Education (MoE), as the Chancellor of Addis Ababa University (AAU).

The appointment was given to the professor after the decision made by the government to restructure AAU as the first autonomous university.

The news source, Ministry of Education, indicates that following the restructuring of AAU as an autonomous university, Chancellor and new board leadership have thus been appointed. The board is also expected to appoint university presidents and vice-presidents who will be in charge of leading the university responsibly.

Addis Ababa University
Addis Ababa University logo

The latest is that Ethio Telecom Manager Firehiwot Tamiru was appointed as chair of the board of AAU, and Dr. Samuel Kifle, Deputy Minister of Education, was appointed as the acting president of the university.

MoE said last year through its higher officials that being autonomous means that the university will fulfill its missions with accountability and responsibility. 

The then president of AAU, Professor Tassew Wolde-Hanna, told Ethiopian News Agency (ENA) last year, November 23, 2022, that being autonomous “creates an opportunity for the university to establish research and community services successfully and in an effective and cost-effective manner”. It will give them the opportunity to strengthen their capabilities and do better work. It is also important to improve the quality of education, he said.

Nine more universities, which have been given a research mission and identified as the first generation, will become autonomous in the future, according to ENA. 


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  1. This patriotic countryman has been doing the right thing since he and his group stopped wandering aimlessly in the forsaken deserts of Eritrea and returned to the old country in 2018. Since then he has tirelessly toiled to clean up the mess in the education sector. Thank you sir and keep up the good job!

  2. I don’t know why every where were he goes, he tried to hold a position by creating a new structure which make him a leader, a chair person, a presedant, or any name. But, in his long life history he is not a champion except, academic qualification.
    In his political career he was the main cause for the failure or resolution of parties.
    So making professor Birhanu Nega as a Chancellor of Addis Ababa University may backfire.

  3. The way he started cleaning up higher education system is amazing. 97% of student body shown to be failures, meaning used to pass by cheating copying…. Only 3% of the total student size proved legitimate students. Mind you all our corporate leaders and probably any where workforce now days are part of the 97%…..
    I am glad he stopped this craziness. By the way it is nothing to do with students smartness, simply how politics, and cheating, and leadership took is that point. Hope it stays like this for the sake next generation


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