Centre for African Entrepreneurship and Leadership (CAEL) part of the Faculty of Social Sciences, hosted a team from Addis Ababa University (AAU) Ethiopia for a two-day partnership visit.
Following on from a visit to the University in September 2014 by the President of Addis Ababa University (AAU) Dr. Admasu Tsegaye, the Vice Chancellor Prof Geoff Layer hosted a team from AAU who were here on a two-day curriculum development workshop. During their visit, the VC signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between UoW and AAU, which covers different areas of interest including capacity building, research collaboration and curriculum development.
The workshop, co-ordinated by CAEL, was designed to provide the team with an understanding of our accreditation and validation processes for joint curricula development and quality control of our PG business degree provisions for delivery at AAU. The delegation included Prof. Upkar Pardesi, Director of the Ethio-European Business School (EEBS), Dr. Fenta Abate, Dean of the College of Business and Economics (CoBE), and Dr. Matiwos Ensermu the Associate Dean CoBE.
Following the workshop, there was an agreement in principle to work with AAU on a joint development and delivery of MBA, MSc Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Leadership and Management post-graduate degree programmes to be delivered at their College of Business and Economics (CoBE) as well as their eleven million euros new Ethio-European Business School due to be completed in 2017, forming part of the thirty-five million euros Transformation Triggering Facility (TTF) project funded by the European Union (EU) and the government of Ethiopia.
Addis Ababa University (AAU) is one of the oldest Universities in Africa established in 1950 as the University College of Addis Ababa (UCAA). With over 51,000 students, AAU is the oldest and the largest higher learning and research institution in Ethiopia. Since its inception, the University has been the leading center in teaching-learning, research and community services particularly in East and Central Africa. AAU has several Colleges and Institutes including College of Medicine, Law, and Engineering. The College of Business and Economics (CoBE) has over 11,000 students and offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses and research in the broad fields of Accountancy, Audit, Business, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Management and Public Administration. The new Ethio-European Business School will offer a range of MBAs, EMBAs and other Masters programmes in Accounting, Finance, Management, Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Marketing and Public Administration that have been developed and jointly accredited by partner institutions in Europe and China. Ultimately, the idea is for the University to work in collaboration with Martin Luther University Germany and IESEG School of Management Lille, France with a view to developing an innovative European MBA that would be delivered in Addis Ababa.