Ethiopia: Building a New Generation of Talented Professionals.

Ethiopia will need thousands of more doctors and engineers by 2035 when it becomes one the most populous countries in the world.  To meet this professional need, a new university is being constructed in Addis which is already training a bright new generation in medicine and science.

Ethiopia Catholic University (ECU) was conceived not merely as a vibrant location to advance academic insights, but more importantly, to equip compassionate individuals with practical leadership and expert skills in service to their country.  

ECU’s medical school has been built and its talented students are  engaged in a program which is fully accredited by the government. Currently, there are 38 students in training to become doctors. The university will train new doctors to meet the needs of a country which currently has only 3 doctors for every 100,000 individuals.  By agreement, graduating students will be placed in over 400 hospitals across Ethiopia to meet the expanding healthcare needs of a growing country.   Over the next ten years, ECU will graduate 1,000 medical professionals, increasing the number of skilled healthcare workers in Ethiopia by 5%.  

In addressing the critical need for female doctors, ECU’s program in medicine shows special sensitivity towards admission of women.  Currently,  only 12% of the doctors in Ethiopia are female.  As such, scholarship programs at ECU are being established which target rural women with meritorious academic records who desire to become a physician.  Through partnership with understanding benefactors, scholarships are being provided to assist a burgeoning Ethiopia with talented, female physicians.  

 Because this private university is not state-funded, students must assume all instructional costs.  If you would like to sponsor an engineering or medical student, the tuition, room and board costs at ECU is $6,000 USD a year.  (For comparison purposes, the average US medical school debt is $183,000 USD, or approximately $45,750 USD per year.)  Your assistance in helping to sponsor a student will brighten a capable student’s life while also helping Ethiopia address its critical needs.  Preparing for a bright future means preparing bright medical professionals today. 

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