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  • Gebeya Graduates First Batch of Developers

    Press Release |  Gebeya Graduates First Batch of Developers

    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia |  May 20, 2017

    Gebeya has been grooming its trainees for the past 6 months since the launch of  its IT training academy in Addis Ababa last September. The academy accepted  seventy candidates after a thorough and competitive round of interviews and  applications. On May 20th 2017, after months of intensive hands-on training,  Gebeya celebrated the graduation of its first batch of highly skilled software

    After the professional training, Gebeya places its graduate professionals onto its  developer platform. This online marketplace for African IT talent matches  certified and multilingual developers with clients to develop and implement  innovative and cost-effective technology solutions. Gebeya also incubates tech  entrepreneurs; supporting them as they develop their own ideas or solutions.

    Furthermore, Gebeya acts as a gateway to clients and high-quality practical  training to be used in accord with current technologies and platforms that  currently dominate the global software industry. Mikias Amdu, a full stack  developer and one of the top talents at Gebeya, was able to work for an  international client from France, before even graduating. In his particular case,  he happened to already have exceptional experience in the specific technology  framework that the client needed. For Abnet Shimeles, another top talent,
    Gebeya was the level-up she needed to boost her software-developing company.

    The experience provided her with the platforms she needed to scale her  business. Gebeya’s youngest talent, 15-year-old Ismael Kedir, was able to build a  website for a local Ethiopian restaurant www.opiumaddis.com in just one week.

    Dawit Abraham a mobile game developer and another top talent, founded  “Kukulu,” a 3D mobile gaming APP that Gebeya is currently incubating and is set  to launch in August 2017.

    Gebeya believes that every qualified individual deserves a chance at a better  education and so works hard to make financial aid available to those that need it.  In order to encourage more women enrollment, Gebeya offers them partial and  full scholarships upon acceptance. Gebeya’s founders, Amadou Daffe and Hiruy  Amanuel, who met in Silicon Valley, launched the venture with the aim of  shaping a robust African IT industry on the continent.

    The long-term objective  being, to develop affordable and efficient software solutions that will contribute  to world markets. Concurrently, Gebeya and its growing capacity are enabling  Africa to participate in the global digital economy by providing competitive  solutions within the sector.

    Gebeya Inc. is building a self-sustainable ecosystem that trains, hires, and incubates the best of African talent. These three cornerstones of Gebeya fuel one another. While Gebeya’s HQ is in Ethiopia, it has recently launched a new training center in Kenya with future plans to expand into other African countries. The overall training objective regardless of curriculum is to produce a client-facing IT workforce.

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  • Do sea monsters exist? Yes, but they go by another name … Jules Howard

    I don’t want to spoil it for you, but I guess I’ll have to. It was a whale that washed up on the Indonesian island of Seram late last week. It was never a sea monster, no matter how hard we all tried to believe or hope it might be.

    Although the species of whale remains unknown (DNA analysis should solve that problem in time), the big giveaways were the presence of whale jaw-bone, the baleen plates, the vertebrae, the fins, the throat pleats, the whale shape and the fact that whales live close by and have skeletons that look exactly the same as this one did. Still, why let a bit of science get in the way of a good monster story, right?

    And so, within hours, a familiar narrative was playing out in the world’s media as the whale became a dead sea monster that no one could identify, a Scooby Doo mystery that could be maintained by journalists for days as long as nobody checked Twitter, where 10,000 scientists were screaming

    “That is clearly a whale” at each other. As such, in the news reports, the whale’s decomposing skin became “fur” and its blood became “mysterious red fluid” floating in the water. Nothing APART from spiders and wasps) brings out the worst in journalism like a decomposing whale, it seems.

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  • European Union grants scholarship for 38 Ethiopian students

    (Addis Ababa, 19 May 2017) European Union grants scholarship for 39 Ethiopian students for 2017/18 academic year. The European Union granted the scholarships under its Erasmus Mundus Master Courses and Joint Doctorates Programme. Among the 38 Ethiopian students, 36 of them are granted scholarship for Masters Programme while the remaining 2 are selected for Doctoral programme. Among the 38 Ethiopian students, 32 of them including the 2 Doctoral candidates are women.

    H.E Ambassador Chantal Hebberechet, Head of the European Union Delegation to Ethiopia said: It is the strong belief of the European Union that this scholarship opportunity will promote structured cooperation between European and Ethiopian higher education institutions and enhance the quality in Ethiopian higher education with a distinct European added value, attractive both within and beyond the borders of Ethiopia and European Union. It will also contribute to the mutual enrichment of both Ethiopian and European societies by developing the qualifications of women and men so that they possess particular skills, are open minded, and internationally experienced.

    The European Union is highly impressed by the achievement of the Ethiopian students being one of the top five students in the world both in terms of selection and applying of the Erasmus Mundus Master’s and Doctoral Scholarships every year. The European Union congratulates the Ethiopian students for their remarkable success and reaffirms its commitment to continue assisting the education sector of Ethiopia in the years to come.”

    The European Union Erasmus Mundus Master Courses and Joint Doctorates Scholarship Programme is a co-operation and mobility Programme in the field of higher education. The programme contributes to the development of human resources and the international cooperation capacity of higher education institutions in partner countries by increasing mobility between the European Union and these countries.

    A total of 471 master students and doctoral candidates worldwide have been awarded a scholarship under this year’s selection round. The 471 scholarship holders have been selected by 30 Erasmus Mundus Master Courses and 8 Joint Doctorates.

    Ethiopia is one of the highest beneficiaries of the European Union Erasmus Mundus Scholarship Programme and one of the top 5 countries both in terms of selection and application of students for the programme.

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  • U.S. Embassy is partnering with Addis Ababa University to mark the 50thAnniversary of the JFK Memorial Library

    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, May 15, 2017: The United States Embassy is partnering with Addis Ababa University to observe the 50th Anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s Memorial Library with the event featuring a new exhibition commemorating President Kennedy’s life and work that will be on view at the University from May 15, 2017 through June 30, 2017 as part of the JFK 100 Centennial Celebration.

    Acting Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM), Lucy Abbot remarked at the opening of the exhibition saying “This library is a symbol of the ongoing partnership between the United States of America, which reaches far beyond the level of our governments, extending to business, educational institutions, and in direct relations between our people.”

    Themed “American Visionary: John F. Kennedy’s Life and Times”, the event brings together images culled from the John F. Kennedy

    Presidential Library, the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, Getty Images, private collections and the Kennedy family archives that capture the dramatic scope of Kennedy’s life. The exhibition is one of the most exhaustively researched collections of Kennedy photos ever assembled. “American Visionary” is based on the book JFK: A Vision for America.

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  • Chinese University honors PM Hailemariam


    The University of International Business and Economics (UIBE), one of China's prestigious universities in Beijing, bestowed upon Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn an honorary professorship for his “extraordinary leadership”.

    The University, which was founded in 1951, is one of the top universities in the fields of economics and business.

    The University considered the economic growth the country has registered, efforts to alleviate poverty and realize global goals set to reduce poverty and improve access to basic services such as MDGs to bestow the honor upon the Premier.

    The University has recognized the fast and successive economic growth which the country has witnessed for the past decade and more.

    It also appreciated Ethiopia for the efforts it exerted to meet the Millennium Development Goals. The country has realized most of the MDGs that expired in 2015.

    Ethiopia is also working to realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that succeeded the MDGs by aligning the goals with the second five-year Growth and Transformation Plan.

    The country's contribution to the peace and stability of the region as well as the continent is also recognized by the University.


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  • Turkish NGO to take over FETO schools

    A Turkish state-supported NGO is gearing up to take over schools in Ethiopia linked to the group blamed for last year’s defeated coup in Turkey, said NGO officials.

    "We have started the establishment of the Maarif Foundation in Ethiopia following the Ethiopian president's decision to shut down schools” in six different campuses and allow their takeover, said Adem Koc, Maarif's central coordinator.

    All the schools in question have been run by the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), the group blamed by Ankara of being behind last July’s coup attempt, which martyred 249 people and injured some 2,200.

    The terrorist group is also known for its network of hundreds of schools around the world.

    The Maarif Foundation (TMF) was established after the coup attempt to take over the administration of overseas FETO-linked schools with a

    minimum of disruption and to protect the students’ best interests.

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