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Ethiopia - Ethiopian College Student Rahel Kebede Wins Prestigious National Scholarship Award

June 6th, 2011
Rahel Kebede Photo Montgomery College

Ethiopia - Ethiopian College Student Rahel Kebede Wins Prestigious National Scholarship Award

Source: Montgomery College

ontgomery College students Susan Wu and Rahel Kebede have won the highly competitive Jack Kent Cooke Foundation (JKCF) Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, which will provide up to $30,000 each year for tuition, books and living expenses to use at the four-year transfer institution of their choice. They are two of 60 community college students across the country selected to receive the scholarship, making it the largest private scholarship for community college transfer students in the country. It marks the second consecutive year a Montgomery College student has received the award. “We are delighted that the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation selected Rahel and Susan, both talented students who epitomize how Montgomery College provides endless possibilities to all members of the community seeking to further their education,” said Dr. DeRionne Pollard, president of Montgomery College. “Too many students and their families struggle to meet the costs of higher education, so this generous support from the foundation will ensure Rahel and Susan have the opportunity to transfer to the universities of their choice.”

Kebede, who attended the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus, has a grade point average of 3.95. Wu, who attended the Germantown Campus, carries a 3.86 grade point average. Montgomery College is one of only three community colleges nationwide to have two winners.

A biochemistry major, Kebede is a member of the Renaissance Scholars Honors Program and presented her research on the dangers of obesity at the 2011 Maryland Collegiate Honors Council Conference. She tutors math students at the College’s Learning Center and serves as a supplemental discussion leader for the math Department. An immigrant from Ethiopia, she continues to participate in service activities in the Ethiopian community, particularly, the Alex Mihret Foundation. The foundation recruits foster mothers for orphaned children and funds elementary education for orphans in Addis Ababa. Kebede plans to transfer to Mt. Holyoke College or Johns Hopkins University.

“Rahel is an individual who seeks to challenge herself and takes full advantage of educational opportunities,” said Dr. Carole Wolin, Ph.D., a biology professor at Montgomery College and director of the Renaissance Scholars honors program at the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus. “Given her motivation and perseverance, her intellectual abilities, and her commitment to use her education to the utmost to help others, she is a student that would make the most of this educational opportunity.” Wu is also a Renaissance Scholar and her work reflects a well-rounded record of academic excellence across many diverse disciplines. Curricular and service activities her first year at the College helped her adjust to being in college and led to a leadership role in the Student Senate. She participated in the College’s Alternative Spring Break with Habitat for Humanity in Mississippi.

“There is no more worthy or deserving recipient of the Jack Kent Cooke scholarship than Susan Wu,” said Professor Joan Naake, English professor and director of the Renaissance Scholars honors program at the Germantown Campus. “Most days she is on campus from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., studying, taking classes, and tutoring students in the chemistry and biology in the College Science Learning Center. Her intellectual abilities and curiosity are matched by incredible perseverance and courage.”

As a result of her work in organic chemistry, Wu has been awarded the Howard Hughes Scholars Award, a 10-week summer internship at Georgetown University, where she has begun taking classes and doing research in biology and chemistry. She will attend Smith College in the fall. The Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship made her transfer to Smith a realistic possibility and has enabled her to fulfill her dreams of majoring in biology with a minor in environmental science. For graduate school, she is considering Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego. Susan hopes her research in marine science will lead to greater protection of the environment, especially the habitat for wildlife.

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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md. The College serves nearly 60,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 130 areas of study.

Ethiopia: Professor loses job after being accused of Plagiarism

April 25th, 2011

Ethiopia: Professor loses job after being accused of Plagiarism

Professor Abebe Zegeye of Ethiopia resigned his position as director of the University of South Australia's Hawke Research Institute, after alleged reports of plagiarism while he was a professor in South Africa, a local newspaper reported.

Professor Abebe Zegeye was appointed director of the Hawke Research Institute in January after what the University of South Australia described as ''an exhaustive competitive international search'', writes the Age newspaper.

South Africa based Mail and Guardian first revealed the story by writing a story titled, Plagiarism case kept under wraps at Wits.

The story was picked up by University World News.

According to profile posted online, Professor Abebe Zegeye received his PhD in Philosophy from Oxford University in the UK and was a visiting scholar at Yale University from 2008 to 2009.

Survey: Israeli Ethiopian students lag far behind other Jewish counterparts

April 15th, 2011

Survey: Israeli Ethiopian students lag far behind other Jewish counterparts

By Or Kashti

In addition to lagging behind scholastically, children of Ethiopian origin say they have had to endure racist remarks almost three times more frequently than such remarks were reported by the general population of children surveyed.

Significant gaps exist in achievement between students of Ethiopian origin and those of all students in the Jewish sector in standardized tests, a recent Education Ministry report revealed.

The largest and possibly most significant gap is in eighth-grade math, where students in the Jewish sector overall scored an average of 50 points out of 100 and Ethiopian-Israeli students scored 26. In other subjects, including English, Hebrew and the sciences, the gap was between 18 and 25 points.

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U.S. Embassy Donates 10,823 Books to 24 Ethiopian Universities and Schools

March 24th, 2011

U.S. Embassy Donates 10,823 Books to 24 Ethiopian Universities and Schools

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia March 24, 2011:

U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia Donald E. Booth today presented 10,823 reference and other books to 24 Ethiopian universities, preparatory and primary schools in a handover ceremony at the U.S. Embassy. The books were donated by the U.S. charitable organization, Books for Africa.

Since 1988, Books for Africa has shipped over 22 million text and library books to adults, students and children in 45 African countries. Books for Africa, based in St. Paul, Minnesota, receives donations of books from U.S. publishers, schools, libraries, individuals, and organizations. Volunteers pack and sort the books according to subject matter and age appropriateness. The U.S. Embassy covers the cost of shipping the books by sea container and manages the distribution of these books here in Ethiopia. The Embassy paid approximately $13,000 to ship the books that we are currently distributing.

In his remarks to representatives of recipient institutions, Ambassador Booth noted: “These books are truly a gift of the American people to the Ethiopian people. I hope you and your students will find these books useful – and that you make them as accessible as possible within your institutions. We like to see these books well-used and read!”

Ethiopian institutions selected for receiving books included:

Aksum University

Jimma University

Asella College of Teacher Education

City University College

Debre Markos University

Gondar College of Medical health

Jijiga University

Mizan Teapi University

Samara University

St. Lideta Health Science College

St. Paul’s Hospital Nursing College

Wollega University

Bucha Raya Primary School

Kolfe Keranio Sub City Kebele 06 Public Library

Oromia Region Goro Wereda Education Office

Selam Children’s Village

Wondirad Preparatory School

Abebech Gobena Primary School

Eyerusalem Primary School

Fregenet Kidan Lehiwot Primary School

Holeta (Burka Harbu) Primary School

Efoyeta Primary School

Ethiopian students occupy 30 per cent seats at India's defence research training institute

March 18th, 2011

Ethiopian students occupy 30 per cent seats at India's defence research training institute

PUNE: The Defence Institute of Advanced Technology (DIAT), a premier defence research training institute of the country, seems to be attracting interest from the Ethiopian defence ministry, as nearly 30 per cent of the seats for post-graduate courses at the DAIT are occupied by the Ethiopians.

The DIAT deemed university has been contributing in the sphere of human resources development for the defence forces which imparts education and training in defence technology to officers of armed forces, scientists of the DRDO, technical officers of the Ordinance Factory Board, directorate of quality assurance, public sector undertakings and friendly foreign countries.

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