Newscast: Ethiopia Hungry For Education

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    Ethiopia Hungry For Education Greg Burnam

The Texas State University faculty members traveled to Ethiopia from June 23rd thru July fifth.  Catherine Hawkins, Ph.D. was one of the faculty members on the trip.  Hawkins was able to visit several different universities.  The main focus of the trip was setting up research and building relationships with the schools in Ethiopia.  Not only did Hawkins and the group get to visit several universities they also traveled across the country.  The group including faculty from Texas Tech, Kansas State, Langston University, Tarleton State and Texas A&M. 

“Every university was sorta different because the country is very large and varied, so every city is a little different. The building program that is going on; they are building these universities from scratch. They were all expanding remarkably and  they were so proud of it. They are a very poor country, exceeding poor. They were pouring a lot of resources into the building themselves and the infrastructure of the university, and also trying to build their faculty because they said what they really need are master level and doctorate level faculty that can home grow a faculty for them…”
– Dr. Catherine Hawkins

The part of the trip most surprising to Hawkins was the country itself and the people…

“What really amazed me the most was the country itself. Even as the ambassador would say, he’s so familiar with the country. So many people misunderstand Ethiopia. They think it’s like a desert country when its actually quite mountainous. People think that it’s a drought ridden starvation country. The image of Ethiopia is kind of a starving child and that’s been tragically true in the past, but Ethiopia just made a real strong commitment to no longer have that kind of image. And what the ambassador kept telling us was all the changes he had seen…”
– Dr. Catherine Hawkins

Hawkins even learned a few things on the trip about agriculture.  Several of the visits to the different universities were specifically about agriculture and increasing Ethiopia’s connection to the agricultural and research programs in the United States.

Greg Burnam, KTSW News.

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