Texas Tech considers partnership with Ethiopia

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Updated: 4/23/2013 12:22 am
Texas Tech just entered into an agreement with Nigeria last week, and its efforts to expand internationally, especially on the African continent, are continuing. 

Ethopian Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen visited the campus to explore a partnership with the university. In the past decade, the country expanded its university system from three to 21 institutions, and is trying to upgrade its graduate level degrees. 

"Our mission is to have an effective technology transfer program, to learn how the private sector works with public universities, and how to assure quality education and develop the research capacity," Mekonnen said.

Ambassador Tibor Nagy, Tech's Vice Provost for International Affairs, served as the ambassador to Ethiopia from 1999 to 2002. He said Tech has 200 exchange agreements, and is always looking to expand. 

"We're looking for joint research between Texas Tech faculty and Ethiopian faculty," Nagy said. "We're looking to take some of their students and advance them through advanced degrees. Then, we're looking for a place to send Tech students. It's a very safe country, it's an extremely friendly country. It's a very, very pro-American country."

Ambassador Nagy said Texas Tech had 1,700 exchange students this year, and wants to double that number by 2020. 

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