The Journey

Business students from the university had a unique opportunity to engage and network with business executives and government agencies in Ethiopia during a two-week study abroad trip during the month of January for the past two years.

The program is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education and was developed to initiate and enhance student and faculty awareness of business opportunities in Ethiopia.

Ten students, all business majors, learned hands-on, the ins and outs of Ethiopian business including a visit to the headquarters of the African Union (AU) and the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA).

They also learned of the challenges and opportunities facing the entire African continent and ways that African Americans and Americans in general can work together with Ethiopians as strategic partners.

Coordinated by the university’s College of Business, the trip included a series of lectures at Addis Ababa University and visits to the Addis Ababa Chamber of Commerce and the Commodities Exchange, Shashamane, in addition to historical sites, such as Lalibela, allowing students to develop a better understanding of Ethiopian culture.

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