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Ethiopian universities partner up with KU Leuven for new types of projects

*This article originally appeared on the website of KU Leuven.

During the visit of two Ethiopian high-level delegations, one from Addis Ababa University and one from Ambo University, a formal signing ceremony was organised to mark the importance KU Leuven gives to the collaboration with partners from this East-African country.

After months of preparation, two new collaborations were finally agreed upon. Both will be funded by VLIR-UOS and take a slightly different approach than the classic VLIR-UOS projects.

One of the projects, a JOINT (“Joint International Networking”), includes both Ethiopian universities and aims to create a growing network for professionalising the Ethiopian Public Administration. Through more efficient and correct governance, the project wants to help the Ethiopian government, development actors, and public service organisations to realise their objectives. From the KU Leuven side, the Public Governance Institute has already been involved in the topic since 2013, and will continue to work with the Ambo and Addis Ababa Universities.

The other enterprise that got the green light was the official signature of the first Global Minds PhD contract. With funding from the VLIR-UOS Global Minds programme, KU Leuven grants PhD scholarships to students from the South who spend only a maximum of half of their time in Leuven. The rest of the time will be spent in their own institution, where they need to be assigned as a staff member.

The PhD by Fanos Tadessa Woldemariyam from Addis Ababa University will be on the Foot-and-Mouth Disease virus circulating in Ethiopia. With the scholarship and the support of his promotors in Addis Ababa and in Leuven, he will be working towards a vaccine for the virus.

Every year, ten new Global Minds scholarship are offered by KU Leuven. The next call will be launched in September 2018.

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