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Ethiopia Desk

The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia is a country situated in the Horn of Africa. It has one of the most extensive known histories as an independent nation on the continent. Unique among African countries, Ethiopia maintained independence during the Scramble for Africa, and continued to do so except for a 5 year period when it was under Italian occupation. ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethiopia)

Tis Esat Fall (On Blue Nile River)

Ethiopia and Oklahoma State University: More than fifty years of cooperation

(Photos courtesy of Conrad Evans and the Cowboy Journal) http://cowboyjournal.okstate.edu/cjspring02/pdf/ethiopia.pdf

Last year in October 2004, Alemaya University celebrated its Golden Jubilee. Alemaya University initially called Imperial Ethiopian College of Agriculture and Mechanical Arts, was established by the assistance of Oklahoma State University then called Oklahoma Agricultural & Mechanical College (A&M) and the Ethiopian government in 1954.

The Oklahoma-Ethiopia connection had been initiated by Emperor Haile Selassie in 1950 when he requested Henry G. Bennett, then president of A&M, to come to Ethiopia to explore the possibility of establishing an agricultural college there. On November 14, 1950, President Truman appointed Dr. Henry Bennett to be Assistant Secretary of State in charge of the Technical Cooperation Administration (TCA), commonly known as the Point Four Program . The central purpose of the program was to providing developing nations with technical assistance in education, public health, industry, and especially in agriculture.

  On 16 June 1951, the U.S. and Ethiopia signed a technical assistance agreement, and a contract, one of the first under Point Four, and it was awarded to oklahoma A&M to develop an agricultural college in Ethiopia modeled after the American land-grant system. To strengthen the relationship between ethiopia and Oklahoma State university, in 18 June 1954, Emperor Haile Selassie visited Oklahoma Agricultural & Mechanical College (A&M) while he was visiting North America .

Since then Oklahoma State University has involved in many joint research programs with Alemaya University and other higher education institutions in Ethiopia.

Vist of Ethiopian Emperor to OSUEmperor of Ethiopia, Haile Selassie, addresses the press shortly after his arrival at the Stillwater Airport on 18 June 1954.At the banquet in Oklahoma A. and M.'s Student Union: Governor Johnston E. Murray; Princess Sebla Desta; Oliver Willham, President of A&M; the Emperor; Willie Murray; and partially hidden, Prince Sahle Selassie.

Visit of the Emperor to OSU (Stillwater Airport) (Photos courtesy of Dr   http://fp.okstate.edu/vestal/Ethiopia/photo_gallery.htm)

Joint Research Programs

Ethiopian Desk

University President and Fulbright Fellow Visited OSU

Oklahoma State University and the School of International Studies welcomed Fulbright Fellow Dr. Desta Hamito, a professor of econometrics and statistics at Alemaya University in Ethiopia. Dr. Desta has been conducting research on governance of higher education institutions during his stay. His completed his fellowship this fall 2005, and returened to Ethiopia . Dr. Desta received his M.S. and PhD from Kansas State University and served as president of Alemaya University from 1994 to 2004.