FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: April 13, 2005
CONTACT: Cory Chandler, firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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 email@example.com.