June 2, 2014
|While Signing Memorandum of Understanding
Unity University (UU) signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Addis Ababa University (AAU) on May 30, 2014, at the Senate Hall of Addis Ababa University. The MoU was signed by Dr. Admassu Tsegaye, President of Addis Ababa University and Dr. Arega Yirdaw, President of Unity University and CEO, MIDROC Ethiopia in the presence of academic and administrative officials of the universities.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Admassu Tsegaye expressed the pleasure in signing the MoU with Unity University, which he said is, “The renowned and pioneer private higher education institution”. Dr. Admassu pointed out that AAU has an enrolment of over 50,000 students, of which the graduate students number over 14,000. In this connection, he underlined that AAU has strong desire to work closely with other institutions of higher learning to meet the challenges of meeting the needs of all these students. He said, “Although we are the senior in providing higher education in the country, we still have some gaps, which we need to fill by working closely with private institutions of higher learning.”
Going into areas of cooperation, the President underlined that student exchange, exchange of academic staffs and undertaking joint research activities are some among many areas of cooperation. He further noted, “To this end, we need to first adequately examine and utilise local resources before seeking external assistance. Therefore, we are sincerely grateful to Unity University for the step in this direction. The idea was in our minds for quite some time; and we are glad it has now become a reality. The signing of this MoU is only the first step; and the detailed actions will follow.”
Speaking on his part, Dr. Arega Yirdaw, President of Unity University, expressed his pride over and the respect for the senior Addis Ababa University, which he said, “Is what made us what we are today. As such, we dare not compare ourselves with Addis Ababa University. However, we will humbly learn and gain a lot by working with it.” He strongly reiterated the need to exhaustively engage locally before looking outward too. In this regard he said, “We do not find it appropriate to look for foreign cooperation before taking advantage of such a renowned University right at our doorsteps.” Further, Dr. Arega made note of the advantage Addis Ababa University would draw from Unity. He underlined that “Unity, being a member of MIDROC Ethiopia Technology Group Companies, would facilitate for Addis Ababa University to meet its need to work with the industrial sectors. Hereby fulfilling its needs for the private-public relationship.”