Oklahoma State and Langston Universities Delegates Visit Haramaya University


Oklahoma State and Langston universities delegates visited Haramaya University from 21 to 23 January 2019

Oklahoma State University has a historical relationship with Haramaya University during the Establishment of the latter in the 1950’s. Americans were involved in the early days and had Served in management as well as in the academic front.

Prof. Nigussie Dechasa, Vice-president for Academic Affairs, “Haramaya University owes a huge gratitude to former OSU President Henry Bennett who planted the seeds for what has become a series of schools throughout Ethiopia.” He added, “Thanks to his deeds, thousands of Ethiopians learned agricultural science at the schools founded by Oklahoma State professors.”

Dr. Thomas Coon Vice-president, Dean and Director of OSU Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (DASNR), noted that, “For OSU, there would be no more important partnership to establish than the partnership intended to re-establish with Haramaya University, given the historical and sentimental attachments both institutions had to each other.”

The delegates suggested that insightful assessments and careful arrangements should be made in consultation with each other. On Monday afternoon, progress, achievements, and future plans were discussed to enhance teaching and research in the Post-Graduate Program of Haramaya University as well as to invite selected faculties of OSU and Langston University to engage in teaching activities starting from April 2019.

On Tuesday morning, the delegation met with Dr. Jemal Yousuf, Delegate President of HU and Vice-president for Research Affairs, discussed on activities to engage the universities in and ways forward. The delegates were also taken on a tour of the campus and visited laboratories, teaching and sport facilities, as well as the Health Campus, 1000-bed capacity referral hospital being built, the microbiology and histopathology state-of-the-art laboratory built by the CHAMPS Project in Harar.

The communication between the universities is expected to continue in the coming months and mutually beneficial engagements are anticipated. Staff and student exchange programs, joint research and publication activities, fund mobilization in areas of agriculture, health, climate change and engineering are some of the areas that can be addressed through collaborative efforts.

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