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To Support Accreditation of Engineering Programs, U.S. Embassy and Ministry of  Education Hold Workshop for Public University Leaders  

U.S. Embassy Ethiopia _ Support Accreditation

U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa, April 8, 2024 – International accreditation is essential for Ethiopian  public universities as they transition to autonomous governance. Not only does  accreditation assure students that their academic programs meet rigorous  international standards, but it also opens new educational and economic  opportunities for students because their educational backgrounds are recognized  by international institutions and employers. For this reason, the U.S. Embassy in  Ethiopia, in collaboration with Ministry of Education and Institute of International  Education (, held a workshop on April 4 and 5 in Addis Ababa to help public  universities understand the process of accrediting their engineering programs.  

As part the U.S. Embassy’s continued support for Ethiopian universities as they  transition to autonomy, the Embassy’s Counselor for Public Diplomacy Naomi  Fellows opened the workshop alongside Dr. Ebba Mijena, Director General for  

Academic Affairs. The workshop was led by Dr. Firew Tegegne, former president  of Bahir Dar University, and two former Fulbright and Ambassador’s Distinguished  Scholars Program fellows, Dr. Samuel Lakew and Dr. Merone Lekhal. The  workshop highlighted Bahir Dar University’s success in accrediting four of its  engineering programs – the first Ethiopian engineering programs to be accredited  by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).  

Two U.S.-based international accreditation institutions, ABET and Association to  Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, provided insight virtually on their  accreditation processes for engineering and business programs respectively. Presidents, academic vice presidents, and deans from ten research universities joined the workshop with leaders from the Ministry of Education.

For 120 years, the United States and Ethiopia have partnered in health,  agriculture and food security, science and the environment, and many other areas  to improve the lives of all Ethiopians. This partnership is especially deep in the  education sector where the U.S. government and U.S. universities have worked  closely with Ethiopian universities since the 1950s. This includes the founding of  Haramaya and Jimma agricultural colleges and the Gondar Public Health Institute  under the U.S. government’s Point Four program, all of which have evolved into  leading research universities with ongoing partnerships with U.S. universities.


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  1. Thank you the USA for technical support and dedicated commitment for quality improvement in the education sector Thank you the USA for technical support and dedicated commitment for quality improvement in the education sector

    Thank you the USA for always focusing on the fundamental building blocks that would transform Ethiopia and lift her out of abject poverty. It is a shame that since the 1974 revolution, a virulent ideology subservient ideologues of the derg, the tplf/eprdf and now the oromumma/pp so called leaders, cadres and sycophants have hijacked the economic, political and cultural wheels of the Ethiopian people, and halted pragmatism, data driven policy devising and implementation.

    The inevitable truth is since the mid 1970s, the brightest and more talented men and women in Ethiopia have eschewed government sector posts for the more lucrative, professionally satisfying and morally and conscience wise options that are free from political intimidation and behind the doors arm twisting politicized government posts. Unfortunately, this trend now has concentrated the despicable and politically charged government sycophants in nearly all positions across the country. Even worse, this disease now has also spread into the once venerated religious institutions of the country where the cadre class has infiltrated. The net result is moral decay,corruption, embezzlement and utter incompetence everywhere.

    There will be a lot of house cleaning awaiting Ethiopians for decades to come.


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