Ethiopian Government pledges support for Nottingham scholarships

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Ethiopia’s Deputy Prime Minister has pledged his continued support for a joint University of Nottingham and Ethiopian Government scholarship scheme in a visit to the campus. 

His Excellency Mr Ato Demeke Mekonnen was accompanied by the Ethiopian Ambassador to the UK, HE Berhanu Kebede, on the visit, where they met recipients of the University’s joint Developing Solutions — Ethiopian Government scholarship scheme. 

Now in its twelfth year, Developing Solutions supports students on a one-year Masters of Science (MSc) programme with development and sustainability at its core and has allowed The University of Nottingham to invest in the growth of emerging nations though highly-skilled individuals.  

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During the visit, the Deputy Prime Minister and the University were able to confirm their support for scholarships to enable among the best and brightest Ethiopian students to undertake postgraduate studies at the University. 

Professor Martyn Poliakoff, from the University’s chemistry department, recently won an award in recognition of his extensive work to develop links between Nottingham and universities in Ethiopia, and hosted the visit.

“I was delighted to welcome the Deputy Prime Minister and the Ethiopian Ambassador to the UK back to The University of Nottingham,” said Professor Poliakoff.

“We were able to talk about the progress we are making in developing relationships between Nottingham and Ethiopian universities and the Deputy Prime Minister was able to meet and hear first-hand about the experiences of our Developing Solutions — Ethiopian Government scholars studying at the University this year. We look forward to welcoming more Ethiopian students here next year.”

HE Mr Demeke Mekonnen added:“It is a pleasure for me to be at The University of Nottingham to witness the level of implementation of the agreement reached between the Ministry of Education of Ethiopia and the University. I would also like to thank Professor Poliakoff and his colleagues for the pivotal role they have played in forging this partnership.

“It was a pleasure to meet the four Ethiopian students who are fulfilling their degree in such an esteemed institution and I believe very strongly that this relation will grow in time.”

For more details about The University of Nottingham’s Developing Solutions scholarships, visit

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