AAU working to correct wrong attitudes toward GERD

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Addis Ababa, 3 June 2014 (WIC) -The Addis Ababa University (AAU) said it is striving to correct the wrong attitudes some Egyptian and Sudanese scholars have toward the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).   

AAU President, Dr. Admassu Tsegaye, said that the University is undertaking wide-ranging activities which create the realization that the dam is beneficial to all downstream countries.   

The University, in a discussion it recently held in Khartoum with diplomatic corps, presented research findings which showed that the GERD would cause no significant harm on the downstream countries, he said.   

The president said AAU is organizing various consultative forums in collaboration with higher learning institutions in the downstream countries.

He added that the researches and diplomatic initiatives carried out by the University have won positive response from scholars and politicians of the downstream countries.   

On the other hand, scholars of the university have been reacting with research-based responses to the negative messages disseminated by some Egyptian and Sudanese scholars, the president stated.   

Dr. Admassu added that to further strengthen the existing ties between the Addis Ababa and Khartoum universities exchange of post-graduate students and academic staff has been underway between the two universities.
Consolidated relationship of the universities would help ensure sustainable peace and development in the region, he noted.   

The president, who recalled the signing of a cooperation framework agreement with Khartoum University which enables to work together on Nile basin, added that AAU has intensified its activities to further work around cross-border rivers in collaboration with universities in Somalia, Djibouti and South Sudan.   

The university has been giving free scholarships to post-graduate students from Djibouti and South Sudan on peace and security fields of study, it was indicated.

AAU also signed memorandum of understanding with the University of Alexandria to work on various health matters. Besides, it has recently begun discussions on ways of cooperating with Cairo and Mansoura universities, according to the president. (ENA)