Aksum University, located in the historic city of Aksum, is one of the newest institutions of higher education in Ethiopia. It’s an undergraduate university with an enrollment of about 5,000 students from all over the country. It has plans to expand to an enrollment of 9,000 students.
In March of 2009, a delegration from MSU Denver traveled to Ethiopia to signed a partnership agreement with Aksum University. Since that time, members of the delegation have led a book drive collecting seven tons of books for the university, received a Building Sustainable Study Abroad Capacity grant from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs which will take 15 Metro students on a study abroad trip to Aksum in 2012, and raised $25,000 to build an elementary school in Adawa located just outside of Aksum.
Dr. Stephen Jordon, President of Metropolitan State University of Denver, will travel to Aksum this summer to deliver the commencement address at AkU on July 30, 2011. During the trip Dr. Jordon and Metro delegates will explore additional projects and collaborations under the MSU Denver - AkU partnership.
Dr. Ali Thobhani, Executive Director of the Office of International Studies and Interim-Chair of the Department of African and African American Studies, was recently invited to speak at the Building Sustainable U.S.-Ethiopia University Partnership conference in Addis Ababa. Dr. Thobhani traveled to Ethiopia as the only Colorado higher education institution representative for the conference hosted by the U.S. Embassy and the Institute for International Education.