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Ethiopia-Michigan Collaborative Consortium

The University of Michigan has a deep and multifaceted relationship with the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. U-M faculty and students engage with diverse stakeholders across the country, from ministry officials and national funding agencies to universities and non-governmental organizations. Our work involves faculty members, researchers, and students from many disciplines and extends beyond academia through community–based research, patient care, service learning, scholarship, and research.

The Michigan-Ethiopia collaboration is a central example of how U-M serves both “the people of Michigan and the world and develops leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.”  

The Third Annual Michigan-Ethiopia Collaborative Consortium (EMC2) Conference

Ethiopian Futures: Moving Forward

July 11-14, 2017
The Horn of Africa Regional Environment Centre and Network
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Registration is required. 
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Wednesday, June 7, 2017 AT 5pm (EST)

The event will provide opportunities to develop interactions in an open and welcoming environment. Attendees will be able to meet with their collaborators to strengthen relationships, or to meet new partners to build new connections. We will discuss the achievements and challenges of ongoing collaborative work between Ethiopian and University of Michigan (U-M) colleagues, and develop new insights into Ethiopia and its future.

Open to faculty and student partners in Ethiopia, and to U-M faculty and students  who are engaged or seek to engage in Ethiopia.

Travel funding may be granted to U-M faculty and students depending on need. Those who will need assistance should complete the application by May 19. TRAVEL GRANT APPLICATION »

Schedule of Events

Tuesday, July 11 – Hilton Addis Ababa Hotel, Menelik II Ave, Addis Ababa 1164

4:30pm » Welcome Reception

Wednesday, July 12: “Defining the future of Ethiopia through Ethiopian lenses”

9:00am » Welcome Remarks & Introductions “How the Future is Grounded in the Past” 

9:30am » Keynote Address/Panel “Defining Ethiopia’s Priorities and Needs for the Future” 

2:00pm » Discussion groups “Defining the Future”

3:00pm » Panel “Reflecting on the Past, Defining the Future”

Thursday, July 13: “Developing/Growing Collaborations”
Various sites, or Horn of Africa 

9:00am » Local visits with collaborators in Ethiopia

3:30pm » Guided tour at the National Museum of Ethiopia  

6:00pm » Conference dinner at Lucy Restaurant 

Friday, July 14: “Bringing It All Together, and Plans for the Future”

9:00am » Panel discussions, presentations w/ breakout sessions

2:00pm » “Getting to Know You” group event  

4:00pm » Conference summary and closing remarks

In partnership with the following institutions: Addis Ababa University; Ethiopian Public Health Institute; St. Paul’s Millennium Medical College; University of Gondar; University of Axum

Coordinated by the University of Michigan African Studies Center and Addis Ababa University, with  funding provided by the University of Michigan Office of the Provost, Global Engagement and Interdisciplinary Academic Affairs.