Hawassa - Ghent University ties strengthening

Ghent University in Ghent city of Belgium is one of the senior Universities in Europe, one of the top 100 globally and celebrated its 200th anniversary just few weeks back. With great partnership reputations with different Universities in Ethiopia it recently started working with Hawassa University on a great momentum.


September 29, 207, a huge delegation from Ghent University led by the Rector, H.E. Prof. Anne De. Paepe, Rector, and including among others Prof. Luc Duchateau, Flemish coordinator, Prof. Ignace Lemahieu, Academic Director of Research, Prof. Guido Van Huylenbroeck, Academic Director of Internationalization, Mr. Wannes Verbeeck, VLIR-UOS representative and Mr. Kora Tushune, Vice President Jimma University visited HU and after a couple of days Hawassa delegation with members both for HU & Hawassa city visited Ghent.

The Ghent delegation me President Ayano Barasso, as well as other officers and expressed its readiness to work with Hawassa in various areas towards mutual benefit. The Hawassa delegation that travelled to Ghent have also visited the international office and specifically the Africa platform as well as different Departments where senior professors have expressed clear interest to work with Hawassa.

As part of this vibrant collaboration already 3 PhD opportunities have been secured by HU Medical College Faculties and few more from another college are scheduled to join shortly.

This Hawassa delegation during its stay in Belgium visited Antwerp and Brussels as well and managed to connect Antwerp Institute of Tropical Medicine and Different settings in the city as well.


On top of initiatives by the key players of this collaboration; Ghent University, Ghent City, Jimma University and Hawassa University faculties the role of FDRE Embassy in Belgium as well as volunteers Brigitte Decadt, Lin Ploegaert and Dr. Amauel Lomencho was very great. It is expected that soon different engagements that enable several fruitful accomplishments shall be effected and all HU as well as partner University workers will work hard towards its realization.

HU reporter,


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