Norwegian Agency awards $2.4m for five Ethiopian universities

APA-Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)

The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) has awarded 91 million birr ($2.4 million) grant for five Ethiopian universities, according to Ethiopian-Norwegian Professional Organization.

Associate Prof. Shegaw Anagaw, Ethiopian-Norwegian Professional Organization Managing Director on Thursday told local media that the grant was announced for all developing countries and Ethiopia is one of the grant recipients.

The application was mainly initiated by South-Eastern Norway University Associate Professor of Informatics Shegaw Anagaw and the grant was submitted in his name. But the fund will be fully utilized by Ethiopia, it was learned.

According to him, the total budget for the grant was 1.1 billion NOK which involved 119 participants from all over the world, and there were only 60 grants given to the applicants.

Implementation of the program consists of three education programs, including informatics, eHealth, and special needs education in the selected universities.

The universities to be involved in this project are Gondar University, Jimma University, Addis Ababa Science and Technology University, Debre Markos University, and Hawassa University.

The project which runs from 2021-2026 will be regulated under the Norwegian Programme for Capacity Development in Higher Education and Research for Development.

“Our intention was to give a response to the request for strengthening higher education in Ethiopia by prioritizing capacity building, better education, and job creation as well as improved digital access to students and academic staff,” the managing director stated.

Shegaw added that the main focus of the project will be strengthening quality and relevant education, and increasing capacity and empowerment of young academicians through scholarship programs.

Accordingly, the program “will provide around 45 scholarship programs for young Masters students and 15 PhD students in an exchange program.”


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