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AAU/UCONN Partnership

AAU-croppedUConn-logoSince its official inception in 2010 , the AAU/UCONN partnership has received nearly $2.5 million in USAID-HED funding for building a skilled workforce and educational capacity within Ethiopia’s universities in the area of sustainable water resource management.   A large multi-institutional team of researchers from UConn and Ethiopian universities was awarded a prestigious USAID/Higher Education for Development (HED) planning grant to support sustainable development and management of water resources in Ethiopia.  The  partnership includes engineering faculty with significant expertise in rainfall and water resource prediction using satellite imaging, ground-based measurements and complex modeling, as well as faculty with expertise in water and health. In support of  the partnership, a  delegation of top officials visited UConn to meet with administrators and discuss expanded relations. Among the visitors were  Ethiopia’s Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen Hassen and Foreign Relation and Scholarship Head Mitiku Berecha Hunde, who were accompanied by protocol and security representatives as well as family.  Top UConn officials have visited Ethiopia  as well, to affirm the importance of the shared mission and to contribute ideas and funding toward the project. The partnership celebrated the inauguration of the Ethiopian Institute for Water Resources (EIWR) during a ceremony at Addis Ababa University on February 15th, 2012.  Officials from UConn, including  Mun Y. Choi, currently Provost and  then Vice President for Research Suman Singha, as well as top officials from Ethiopia’s Ministry of Education, participated in the festivities.  In February of 2013, a delegation of top officials visited UConn to meet with administrators and discuss expanded relations. Among the visitors were  Ethiopia’s Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen Hassen and Foreign Relation and Scholarship Head Mitiku Berecha Hunde, who were accompanied by protocol and security representatives as well as family.  Top UConn officials have visited Ethiopia over the last four years, as well, to affirm the importance of the shared mission and to contribute ideas and funding toward the project.   Most recently, in March of 2014, Dr. Yilma Seleshi, Director of EIWR and Dr. Dereje Hailu traveled to the US to visit UCONN laboratories, meet with researchers, and look for opportunities for collaboration.