Wollo University and Arizona State University organized a symposium in collaboration with Samara and Mekelle University from November 6–7, 2023, in Addis Ababa.
Throughout the first day, discussions on the pivotal role of higher education in post-conflict transformation were expertly led by Dr. Mengesha Ayene, President of Wollo University; Dr. Fana Hagos, President of Mekelle University; and Dr. Muhammad Ousman, President of Semera University. Engaging in the dialogue were youth representatives from the three regions, religious leaders from diverse faiths, and scholars from Arizona State University, Wollo University, Mekele University, and Samara University
The symposium’s second day witnessed the active participation of esteemed development partners, contributing insights to discussions on strategies for establishing sustainable peace across the regions. Chaired by Dr Debrewerk Zewdie, the session included valuable perspectives from Dr. Ousmane Dione, Country Director at the World Bank for Eritrea, Ethiopia, South Sudan, and Sudan, Eleanor TanPiengco, Deputy Mission Director at USAID Ethiopia; David Maynard, Director at the British Council Ethiopia; and Abebe Kassa, Sexual and Reproductive Health Advisor at Pathfinder International Ethiopia.
Integral to the discussions was the formation of a joint peace network, emphasizing collaboration among stakeholders to address the multifaceted challenges and opportunities in post-conflict transformation within Ethiopia. This collaborative effort further underscored the commitment to fostering lasting peace and development across the regions.
Highlighting a significant moment at the symposium, Wollo University announced the conferment of honorary professorship upon two distinguished individuals: Dr. DebreWork Zewdie and Dr. Moly Ott. This recognition underscored their exemplary contributions to academia and their commitment to the advancement of education in post-conflict settings.
The symposium served as a dynamic platform, uniting diverse stakeholders and fostering meaningful exchanges to propel the vision of sustainable peace in Ethiopia.