University of Toronto delegation pays AAU working visit


A delegation from the University of Toronto led by Meric Gertler, President of the University, paid a working visit to Addis Ababa University and conferred with AAU officials at the Hilton Hotel on October 20, 2017.

The Canadian delegation spoke with AAU officials on strengthening the already existing partnership between the two universities.

Speaking on the occasion, AAU Academic Vice President for Administration and Student Services, Matiwos Ensermu (PhD) noted that the partnership over the last fourteen years tremendously benefited AAU in capacity building.

“Through staff exchange and joint research, the University of Toronto has shared its rich experience in health to AAU health professionals; that plays great role to enhance our health services,” said Matiwos (PhD).

More and more in the 21st Century, said Meric Gertler, the challenges we face as humans on this planet are global in scale and scope. “To make our full contribution in facing those challenges, great universities must be truly global institutions, extensively networked with other leading universities around the world. This is crucial to the mutual exchange of knowledge and insight, which is at the heart of our academic mission.”


He further explained that the collaboration between the University of Toronto and Addis Ababa University is a brilliant example of this kind of exchange.

The President of the University of Toronto noted that since it began in 2003 in psychiatry and expanded in 2008 to embrace a wide range of fields in medicine, engineering, social sciences and graduate programs, the partnership between the two institutions has been amazingly productive.

“By working together to promote higher education and advanced research, we are building up our own countries while making each other stronger. And we are increasing our shared potential to make a positive difference in the world which leads us to even greater heights as we continue working together to prepare the next generation of Ethiopian health professionals and academic experts,” said the President.

The delegation celebrated their long-standing multi-disciplinary partnership in the presence of Ethiopian government officials and the Ambassador of Canada to Ethiopia, Philip Baker.

The delegation briefed media on the ongoing institutional support they provide for the continued success and expansion of Tikur Anbessa Specialized Hospital and the strategic engagement with the AAU and Ethiopia.