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With the opening of the DAAD-Liaison Office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in the International Leadership Institute at Sedest Kilo on November 21st, 2011 the fourth DAAD Office in Sub-Saharan Africa was established. Besides the Regional Office in Nairobi, DAAD operates Information Centres in Johannesburg (South Africa), Accra (Ghana) and Yaoundé (Cameroon).

The DAAD funding for Ethiopian students, postgraduates and scientists increased from 308 Ethiopians in 1997 to 406 Ethiopians in 2009. Simultaneously, the number of Germans going to Ethiopia increased from 34 in 1997 to 133 in 2009, with the largest increase taking place since 2007.

The DAAD Liaison Office will serve as a contact point for information gathering, counseling and discussing prospective DAAD funded exchange programmes on higher education. Further, preparation and administrative work for workshops and scholarship selection seminars will be done in the office. From now on, applications can be submitted at the office as well and the PhD proposal defense for scholarship applications will be hosted there.

Another main task of the DAAD Liaison office is to support the 25 DAAD experts who work at Ethiopian Universities as presidents, deans, directors and visiting professors. In the next month, additional short term DAAD experts will come to Ethiopia as part of the engineering capacity building programme. The new office is also the partner of the GIZ in Ethiopia: Both organizations are managing one of the largest University reform projects.

The occasion of the inauguration of the DAAD Liaison Office were graced by the German Ambassador, Lieselore Cyrus, the Austrian Ambassador Gudrun Graf, the State Minister for Higher Education, Dr Kaba Urgassa, as well as various representatives from universities in the country, representatives from cultural and economic organizations and finally from DAAD Bonn, Dr Martina Schulze, Head of Sub-Saharan Africa Division.

Jana Zehle

German Ambassador Lieselore Cyrus

Martina Schulze, Head of Sub-Saharan Africa Division

Jana Zehle

Gerhard Albert

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State Minister for Higher Education, Dr Kaba Urgassa