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UDC Receives Seed Grant for Ethiopian Partnership


Washington, DC -  The US Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia has announced the University of the District of Columbia is one of five American universities to receive a seed grant for innovative partnerships.  UDC’s program with Bahir Dar University will receive $15,000 from the embassy in order to establish a research program focusing on renewable energy.

US Ambassador Donald E. Booth noted, “Ethiopia’s visionary expansion of tertiary education throughout the country opens up many educational opportunities.  The US Embassy is delighted to provide initial funding to support new and innovative collaborations and partnerships between higher education institutions in Ethiopia and in the US.”

“This is another tremendous opportunity for UDC to reach across the globe and establish a presence that will benefit our students and faculty,” said Allen L. Sessoms, President of the University System of the District of Columbia.

Other American universities awarded in this program are: Cornell, Langston and Washington State Universities and the University of Florida.

The objectives of the “Building Sustainable US-Ethiopian University Partnerships” are to grow mutually beneficial and sustainable relationships between US and Ethiopian universities, and to strengthen the skills and experience of faculty and administrators in both countries in developing and implementing partnerships.

As the only urban land-grant institution in the United States, the University of the District of Columbia ( supports a broad mission of education, research and community service across all member colleges and schools, which include the Community College, College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences, College Arts and Sciences, School of Business and Public Administration, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and David A. Clarke School of Law.

The University of the District of Columbia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. Minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For a full version of the University’s EO Policy Statement, please visit:

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