H.E Mrs. Yaprak Alp, Ambassador of Turkey to Ethiopia, visits Mekelle University on her first visit to Tigray Region on March 5, 2019. The Ambassador together with Mr. Evren Muderrisglu, Deputy Chief of Mission, and Mehmet Ali Tetis, Program Coordinator of TIKA paid a visit to MU. Therefore, the university warmly received the distinguished guests and discussed on potential collaborations with Turkish government and other Turkish Institutions.

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On the day, they were welcomed by a speech given by Mr. Macit Koc, University Industry Linkage Advisor, and followed by a brief overview of the so far development of the university was presented by Mr. Yemane Zeray, and thereby the delegates expressed their impression on the remarkable headways that the university achieving. During the discussion with the Ambassador, Prof. Kindeya, President of MU, after noting that internationalization is one core value of the university, addressed that the university is working hard to achieve the vision of MU it aspires to become one of the top 25 university from Africa in 2025, and so the university has been working closely with Turkish government and with Ethiopian based Turkish companies as partners in academic and other community service maters, he said.

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H.E. Mrs. Yaprak Alp, on her part said that there are possible and commendable potential areas that the university and Turkish government would work together in collaborations that would help the university to transform in to enhanced academic level. The Embassy of Turkey to Ethiopia, as before, is also ready to help in realizing the 2025 vision the university is aspiring, the ambassador added.

After the discussion, the delegates visited the MOMONA Park where the university established at. After that, the Ambassador visited Meles Campus, one of the recently constructed Engineering Campus of MU to be launched in the near future. What is more, it is worth mentioning that the Ambassador, with all the delegates, visited and had conversation with some Tigray Veterans who lives in Mekelle City which the visit was aimed to observe the physical scarifications the veterans have paid for freedom and Justice in the country.

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Finally, H.E Ambassador Mrs. Yaprak Alp, Mr. Evren Muderrisglu, Deputy Chief of Mission, and Mehmet Ali Tetis, Program Coordinator of TIKA, and Mr. Macit Koc, University Industry Linkage Advisor at MU together with VPAA Dr. Abdelkader Kedir and VPRCS Prof. Fetien Abay, visited Al-Nejashi mosque. Al-Nejashi mosque holds an important place in Islamic history. This is where the first hijra (migration) took place by the companions of the Prophet following persecution and torture in Mecca.

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In a statement TIKA said the restoration is part of a scheme to promote common cultural values and assets abroad and to contribute to the development of inter-governmental cooperation, according to AA Africa news report.