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UST began to foster talent in Ethiopia’s field of science and technology

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(Photo: Six newly admitted doctoral candidates as part of the UST-Ethiopian Government Collaborative Scholarship Project)


UST began to foster talent in Ethiopia’s field of science and technology

Initiates training for the “UST-Ethiopian Government Collaborative Scholarship Project”


 Starting in the spring semester of 2020, UST (University of Science and Technology, President Ieehwan KIM) has taken the initiative in fostering talented individuals from Ethiopia in the field of science and technology.

 In 2018, as part of its educational training ODA projects to help developing nations solve domestic issues and promote sustainable growth, UST entered into an agreement with Ethiopia’s Ministry of Science and Higher Education. In the spring semester of half 2020, six doctoral candidates were selected to officially mark the start of this collaborative program. These students are currently pursuing their academic degrees at four different schools within UST, including the Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology (KRICT) and the Korea Institute of Construction Technology (KICT).

 The UST-Ethiopian Government Collaborative Scholarship Project is an educational training project for current faculty in college of engineering at Ethiopia’s national universities, including Addis Ababa University and Jimma University. Through a separately organized admissions process, a maximum of seven members are selected each year to participate in the program. Upon admission, students are exposed to Korean expertise in the areas of science and technology that are predominant in Ethiopia, such as civil engineering, electronics, software, and energy. Furthermore, UST waives all application and admission fees for students accepted into the program, while the Ethiopia Ministry of Science and Higher Education supports students with funds to cover all tuition fees.

 As part of measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the six students who were admitted to the program for spring semester 2020 were required to practice shelter in place procedure  for two weeks at the UST dormitories in Daejeon. The students were provided with any necessary social services, including transportation from the airport to the designated public relief hospitals, and each student was assigned to a single room. The students were released for shelter in place as of April 15 and have now returned to their respective campuses.

 Alebachew Tenna Mekonen, who is currently studying at the UST-Korea Institute of Energy Research (KIER) campus, shared that he first found out about UST through the Ethiopia Ministry of Science and Higher Education. He chose to apply for UST after learning about its unique programs and educational system as well, along with the fact that it had separate campuses that serve as designated national labs. During his Ph.D. studies at UST, Mekonen hopes to build experience in his field of interest by working together with Korea’s esteemed team of science and technology researchers and collaborate on various research opportunities.

 Mekonen’s advisor, Professor Hyun-Goo KIM, added that Mekonen is an outstanding individual who is an electric engineering professor at Ethiopia’s renowned Jimma University. Professor Kim expressed his hope that Mekonen would have the opportunity to conduct in-depth research in the field of renewable energy during his studies at UST and, after graduating, move on to play an important role in the development of science and technology in Ethiopia.

 As an educational institute under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Science and ICT, UST is the only government-funded research institute university in Korea fostering professionals in the field of science and technology by granting educational functions to 32 government-funded research institutes, including the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), the Korea Electronics and

 UST nurtures talent in the fields of science and technology by educating students at 32 national research institutions subsidized by the government. Students receive a site-centered education, utilizing cutting-edge research equipment at the research institutes. Since producing its first class of graduates in 2006, it has produced a total of 2,523 talented individuals, including 840 people receiving doctorates and 1,683 people receiving master’s degrees.