Tesfaye Bezabih Gezahagne (PhD)


Director, International Relation & Partnerships

P.O.Box: 1145

Background on IRPD

The office was separately established in December 2017, under the Vice President for Business Development & International Relations, to enhance the University’s international impact and its benefits from international relations and partnerships. Before then, the functions of the directorate were delivered under the External & Public Relations Directorate.

To develop internationally, the directorate helps the University:

  • Do high quality, ground-breaking research that will have an impact on thinkers, policymakers, and business leaders world-wide;
  • Develop programs that prepare students to succeed in the modern global economy;
  • Create opportunities for international exchange with high quality institutions, for both students and academic staff;
  • Establish proper ICT governance through an ICT Policy for the university, planning of ICT projects, managing the portfolio of solutions, systems and infrastructure, and instituting a Service Management approach to the services and solutions that the ICT delivers to the university community
  • Promote and publicize its strengths on the international stage;
  • Mobilize resources for the effective accomplishment of the Universitys main responsibilities;

It is believed that this office aims to help the University achieve a deep-rooted and rewarding international culture, and global impact in its work. Through its strategy, the directorate is designed to help WU bring about measurable benefits in a wide range of areas, including:

  • Improved cultural understanding between the University and key international partners;
  • Increasing, sustainable and diversified recruitment of highly-qualified students;
  • Recruitment of high-quality staff internationally;
  • Research partnerships which have intellectual value, longevity and impact;
  • Enhanced institutional reputation;
  • Increased international income through business, research, student fees, benefactors and alumni;
  • Better employment and exchange opportunities for Wollo University graduates and
  • A curriculum and campus, which is attractive to Ethiopian and international students who will be increasingly active in a global marketplace.