Egypt will widen its cooperation agreements with Ethiopian universities, as part of efforts to narrow the gap between both countries, Al-Ahram’s Arabic news website reported.
Speaking with Ethiopia’s ambassador to Egypt, Mahmoud Dardeer, Egypt’s Higher Education Minister El-Sayed Abdel-Khalek said that his country is ready to support educational institutions in Ethiopia.
The two officials met on Monday to discuss educational and scientific cooperation.
The discussion comes after a tripartite meeting in Sudan’s capital with Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia over the latter’s Grand Renaissance Dam, set to be Africa’s largest hydroelectric dam upon completion. The project has worried officials in Cairo over its impact on Egypt’s access to the Nile’s water.
As per Monday’s education meeting, Egypt will continue offering academic scholarships to Ethiopian students who want to study at Egyptian universities, especially major governmental universities. Egypt will also continue sending its professors to teach at Ethiopian universities in fields that the country needs, like medicine, science and technical education.
Egypt’s minister added that both countries must focus on cooperation in areas of mutual scientific research like water resources, energy, nutrition and regional diseases.
Egypt has offered 15 scholarships to Ethiopian students to study at Egyptian universities, 10 for undergraduates and five for graduate students.
A cooperation agreement was signed between Ethiopia’s Bahr Dar University and Egypt’s Mansoura University, with 70 scholarships for Ethiopian students, as well as an agreement with Alexandria University and a number of private Egyptian universities.