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Highlights: Field-visit to AFRICA!
Highlights: Field-visit to AFRICA!
2nd Consultation Meeting held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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After a successful launch of the first consultation meeting in August, the second consultation meeting regarding specialized science and technology universities was held in Addis Ababa on 16th December 2014 as a follow-up measure.

STEPI-IICC has been working with MoST of Ethiopia concerning the development of the two selected S&T universities in particular: ASTU and AASTU, and the meeting provided an opportunity to share views and the progress that has been made so far between the related stakeholders. Officials from MoST and MoE of Ethiopia, leaders from the two universities and other institutions who participated in the meeting showed a particular interest in Korean experience in nurturing S&T human resources.

Ethiopia considers Korea as their number one benchmarking country for economic development. Recognizing that Korea was able to achieve remarkable results based on concrete science and technology foundation, Ethiopia places its priority in strengthening their science and technology capacity. As a populous country with high proportion of young people, Ethiopia aims to nurture qualified S&T manpower through the two mentioned S&T universities where quality advancement is needed.

The participants especially focused on discussing the success factors of KAIST as well as its challenges throughout its development and transition period. Deputy Minister of Science and Technology in particular expressed his high hopes for STEPI-IICCs role for planning the future of the two universities as well as other tertiary education institutions throughout Ethiopia.
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