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Ohio University to welcome Woldia University president to campus with Oct. 5 reception


A public reception to welcome the president of Woldia University in Ethiopia to Ohio University’s Athens Campus will be held on Thursday, Oct. 5.

Woldia University President Yalew Endawoke Mulu is visiting Ohio University in order to discuss potential areas of collaboration between the two institutions. During the reception, which will be held from 9 to 10:45 a.m. in the Friends of the Library Room on the third floor of Alden Library, the Woldia University president will give a short presentation on his university and take part in discussions about areas of collaboration that could benefit the students and faculty of both institutions.

All students, faculty, staff and area residents are invited to the reception to take part in the discussions and to learn more about Woldia University. President Yalew will also be taking part in meetings across campus with faculty, staff and students during his two-day visit to Ohio University.

Founded in 2011, Woldia University has an enrollment of more than 10,500 students and has ambitious plans for growth over the next five to 10 years. The expansion plans include increasing the number of academic department and facilities, while also continuing to add to the enrollment. The university is located in the city of Weldiya (which is also sometimes referred to as Woldia) in northern Ethiopia.

Woldia University currently offers academic programs of agriculture, business/economics, health sciences, natural/computational science, pedagogical/behavioral science, social sciences/humanity and technology. The university also offers a School of Land Administration.

As part of its expansion, Woldia is planning to open a public/private medical school and a law school. The medical school as currently proposed would also serve as a health clinic and research facility. 

President Yalew previously taught and served in leadership roles at Bahir Dar University in Ethiopia. He earned a Ph.D. in psychology from Leipzig University in Germany and an MBA, master’s degree in educational psychology and a bachelor’s of education in pedagogical sciences from Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia.

For more information on the upcoming visit from the Woldia University president or on the Thursday, Oct. 5 public reception in Alden Library, please contact the Office of Global Affairs at 740-593-1840 or send an email to globalaffairs@ohio.edu.

This article was provided by the Office of Global Affairs and International Studies.