Date: April 13, 2005
CONTACT: Cory Chandler,

LUBBOCK – A six-member delegation of university officials from Ethiopia will visit Texas Tech University and Lubbock from April 16-19.

The group includes the president of Mekelle University, the president of the Mekelle Institute of Technology and deans of several MU colleges. The Ethiopians will have an opportunity to visit Lubbock tourist sites and will also meet with their Texas Tech counterparts to discuss possible international grant projects and exchange programs.

Mekelle, a city about the size of Lubbock, is the capital of Ethiopia’s northern Tigray state – also the location of the ancient city of Axum. Mekelle University has roughly 15,000 students studying disciplines including architecture, medicine, law and business.

The trip reciprocates a visit to Mekelle earlier this year by a group of seven U.S. universities that included three Texas Tech officials: James Brink, senior vice provost; Tibor Nagy, vice provost for international affairs; and Andrew Vernooy, dean of the College of Architecture.

“The U.S. group’s welcome in Mekelle was overwhelming in the warmth, enthusiasm and friendship shown by the Ethiopians,” said Nagy, who served as U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia.

Members of the Ethiopian delegation are: Dr. Mintesinot Behailu, the university president; Mengistu Hailu, the public and international relations officer; Dr. Muly Bayray, dean of faculty of science and technology; Dr. Weldegebriel Abraham, director of distance education; Dr. Fasile Kebede, dean of faculty of agriculture and natural resources; and Dr. Mulu Miruts, dean of Mekelle Institute of Technology.


CONTACT: Tibor Nagy, associate vice provost for international affairs, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-2974 or