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Media Advisory - Queen's University, the Mastercard Foundation and the University of Gondar launch US $24 million academic and research collaboration

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

KINGSTON - Over the past nine months, people at the University of Gondar and Queen’s University have been working closely with the Mastercard Foundation to put all the supports in place to launch the unique international academic and research program. Tomorrow, representatives from all three organizations will gather in the Agnes Etherington Art Centre to celebrate accomplishments so far and to highlight the opportunities the partnership will bring.

Under the partnership, 450 African students will become Mastercard Scholars and receive an education at the University of Gondar. In total, the University will provide 290 undergraduate and 160 master’s level degrees in multidisciplinary fields that will encompass health sciences, law, education, nursing, and rehabilitation sciences, taking special care to recruit young people with disabilities, as well as young people from conflict-affected countries.

For its part, Queen’s will be providing 60 University of Gondar’s faculty members with an opportunity to study in Kingston, where they will enhance their skills in innovative pedagogy and in leading collaborative research between the African and North American universities. The University of Gondar and Queen’s University will also collaborate to develop Ethiopia’s first occupational therapy program.

The launch of the event takes place Wednesday, September 20 starting at 11 am. The media will have an opportunity to experience a traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony and interview Molalign Adugna and Mulugeta Chala, the two students from Gondar University currently studying at Queen’s.

Agnes Etherington Art Centre, 36 University Avenue.

Anne Craig, Media Relations Officer
613-533-2877 or anne.craig@queensu.ca