Gates to receive honorary degree from AAU

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Addis Ababa, 21 July 2014 (WIC) - The Addis Ababa University (AAU) said on Saturday that it will provide an honorary doctorate degree to Bill Gates, the founder and owner of Microsoft.

In a statement, the university said that Gates will arrive in Addis Ababa on Tuesday to receive the degree.   

Gates is selected to receive the degree "for his efforts to enable African students benefit from technology and the philanthropic works he is undertaking in Ethiopia through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation," the University said.

The degree will be given to Gates in a ceremony to be organized at Nelson Mandella Hall in the University next Thursday.   

Gates is an American tycoon and philanthropist, who stood first and second in the list of the world's richest persons during the last ten years.  This year, with over $79 billion, he stands second in the list.   

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Ethiopia Office undertakes programs in different areas including, family planning, maternal health, HIV, malaria, polio, and vaccination services.   

The Foundation made its first program investment in Ethiopia in 2,000. On February 27, 2012, the foundation appointed an Ethiopian native to serve as the Foundation's first representative to Ethiopia.   

So far, Gates has received eight honorary degrees from different universities of the world. (Diretube)