Ethiopian minister hails continued support from China on higher education

Hirut Woldemariam

The Ethiopian Minister of Science and Higher Education (MoSHE) Hirut Woldemariam has hailed the support and assistance by the Chinese government and companies in boosting quality higher education in the East African country.

The Minister was speaking at a donation ceremony organized at MoSHE in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa later Thursday, when Huawei handed over anti-virus supplies to the ministry, as part of its support to various offices in the country and also to the African Union (AU) in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

The minister also hailed the support from the Chinese people in such difficult times. “Of courses, in times like this, we are reminded of how we are inter-related with each other, how we need each other to get over this kind of global crisis.”

China as well as Chinese companies and institutions are providing varied forms of support to Ethiopia’s endeavor in ensuring quality education, especially at higher-level institutions, said Hirut.

“We have a very long standing cooperation and partnership between the Federal Government of Ethiopia and China. And the partnership is comprehensive in all areas, it is also working very well in the education sector for us,” she said.

Hailing the role of scholarships and trainings from the Chinese to Ethiopian professionals in improving quality of education and training in the country, the Minister said, “That is really a great opportunity for us.

We are really enjoying the partnership we have with Huawei, and of course with other companies and institutes, institutions in China.”

The technical support and assistance, especially from Huawei, in the form of training as well as by donating ICT materials such as lab equipment, laptops, and app software, all significantly contribute to the capacity building in the area, said the minister. Such kind of support also helps students’ job creation in the field, she has added.

Stating that it is the time when the world is now highly dependent on the digital economy and digital innovation, Hirut said university and technical and vocational education and training (TVET) students in Ethiopia will benefited from the opportunities created by the Chinese company.

Commending the support from China and the Chinese companies, the Minister said the country will continue capacity building programs that the Chinese companies are working with and supporting Ethiopia.

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