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AAU, AASTU, Beijing University of CEA and Partners Ink Landmark Agreement for Talent Development in Civil and Transportation Engineering

A collaboration agreement has been signed today between AASTU, AAU, the Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture, and the East Africa Regional Headquarters of China First Highway Engineering Co., Ltd at Ras Mekonnen hall of AAU. The agreement was signed during the inauguration ceremony of the Sino-Ethiopian International Talent Training and Practice Base in Civil and Transportation Engineering and the Belt and Road Cooperation Forum on Infrastructure Connectivity in East Africa, academia and industry.

In his welcome address, Addis Ababa Science and Technology University President, Dr. Dereje Engida, expressed belief that the International Talent Training and Practice Base in Civil and Transportation Engineering program is designed to bridge the gap between theoretical knowledge and practical experience in the fields, adding the program will equip students with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in civil and transportation engineering studies.

Representing Addis Ababa University, Dr Mathewos Ensermu, Head of the AAU Presidential Office, said AAU is a leading African research university, immensely contributing to Ethiopia’s infrastructural advances and a vibrant center of research and scholarship with a rich network of partners across the world. Dr Mathewos further said the latest agreement with the Chinese partners  comes at a historic time when AAU has been accorded institutional autonomy by government decree, adding the university is ambitiously expanding its circle of partner universities based on its new five year strategic plan and its internationalization agenda.

His Excellency Ahmed Shide, Minister of Finance, for his part noted that the initiative aims to pool the stakeholders’ technological strengths and resources in civil and transportation engineering and build a platform for exchanges and cooperation between China and Ethiopia in talent cultivation, scientific and technological innovation, and the integration of industry and education.

The Minister of Finance added that by training professionals for Africa’s development, the initiative enhances cooperation between China and Ethiopia, promotes scientific research innovation and technological progress, and provides strong talent support for the development of construction and civil engineering in both countries.