Ethiopia, Vatican Sign Accord Establishing Catholic University

Addis Adaba, Ethiopia - The Ethiopian and Vatican governments yesterday signed an agreement providing for the establishment of an international standard Catholic University in Addis Ababa.

The agreement was signed by Education Minister Genet Zewde, Ethiopian Catholic Chruch Archbishop Abune-Berhan Eyesus Surafel and Foreign Affairs Minister Seyoum Mesfin and Vatican Ambassador Ramiro Moliner Ingles.

Speaking on the occasion, W/ro Genet said that dozens of Ethiopians will join the university following its establishment here in the capital.

The Archbishop on his part said that the university will belong to all Ethiopians. He also recalled the cooperation between the Church and the Ministry of Education.

The Church has five colleges in Ethiopia, according to the Archbishop.

Foreign Miniser Seyoum also said that the establishment of the university would highly contribute to the human resource development in Ethiopia.

He said the university, with its international standard, will play a significant role in the country's capacity building programme.

Seyoum said education is among the priority development agendas of the Ethiopian government.

The Minister thanked the Ethiopian Catholic Church and the Holy See for their efforts in contributing to the development of the education sector in general and establishment of the university in particular.