Ambassador Andreas Gaarder joined the fieldtrip to attend the signing of the MoU and to get more information about Jimma University. Here together with Ato Kora Tushune, Vice President for Jimma University. 
Photo: NRE/JBJ.Ambassador Andreas Gaarder joined the fieldtrip to attend the signing of the MoU and to get more information about Jimma University. Here together with Ato Kora Tushune, Vice President for Jimma University. Photo: NRE/JBJ

New Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Jimma University and University of Oslo

Last updated: 12.04.2016 // On April 5-6, the Embassy, with ambassador Andreas Gaarder, joined the University of Oslo and the University of Bergen to visit Jimma University, 352 km southwest of Addis Ababa. The purpose of the trip was to attend the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Jimma University and the University of Oslo, and to get more information about the university.

Jimma University is a public university, with over 43 000 students, of which 30% are women. It was established in 1999, by the amalgamation of Jimma College of Agriculture (founded in 1952), and Jimma Institute of Health Sciences (established in 1983). It is one of Ethiopia’s leading universities and the national pioneer of Community-Based Education (CBE).

Jeanette H. Magnus, Bjørn Hol, and Frode Vartdal from the Faculty of Medicine, visited Ethiopia to sign a new Memorandum of Understanding with Jimma University’s College of Health Sciences. The partnership focus on health development, research, capacity building and the work on avoiding brain drain. The University of Oslo has ten institutional partners around the world. The university has chosen to focus on few institutional partners, to develop partnerships of good quality, and Jimma University is an important partner in Africa.

Higher education has been important for Norway’s cooperation with Ethiopia for over 20 years. Several partnerships has been established between Norwegian and Ethiopian universities, and the Embassy supports many of the initiatives. Ambassador Andreas Gaarder joined the fieldtrip in Jimma to attend the signing of the MoU and to get more information about Jimma University. The Ambassador met the University President, Vice President and the Dean of the University’s College of Health Sciences, visited a school for children with special needs, and got a tour around the university and the building of the new Jimma University Specialized Hospital. The ambitious university has an important role in the development of the town of Jimma and the rest of Ethiopia.

Read more about the visit at the Jimma University web page: https://www.ju.edu.et/norwegian-ambassador-ethiopia-visits-ju

Read more about the Embassy’s work on education here: http://www.norway.org.et/News_and_events/DevelopmentCooperation/Education/


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