Country Workshop, Ghion Hotel, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, June 9 and 10, 2015.

Objectives of the workshop:
Inform universities and relevant ministries (Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Irrigation, Water and Energy, and Ministry of Finance and Economic Development) about the Project;

  • Achieve consensus on national priorities;
  • Clarify questions regarding project preparation;
  • Identify universities/teams who will submit ACE proposals
  • Agree on the timeline and national process for ACE preparation and submission

Workshop Schedule

June 9, 2015 The Concept






Registration of participants



14.00 – 14.05

Welcome Address  and  program introduction

Dr. Samuel Kifle, DG HEAA, FMOE

Prof Afework Kassu, DG, HERAA, FMOE


Opening session and workshop objectives

  • Opening Remarks and Goodwill Messages, Declaration of the workshop open 

Dr. Kaba Urgessa, State Minister, FMOE

14:15 – 14:25

Agenda review; objectives and expected results of meeting

Ms Thanh Thi Mai, Senior Education Specialist, World Bank Group

14.15- 15.30

Presentation of ACE II Project

  • Background
  • Project Concept: Objectives and Components
  • Expected Results
  • Process and Implementation Arrangements
  • Update on ACE II Preparation and Roll-out
  • Questions & Answers

Reehana Rafat Raza
WBG, Washington DC, USA


15.30 – 15.45

Coffee Break


Selection Process of ACEs at regional level


15.45 – 17.00

Overview of Selection Process

  • Steps, timelines, responsibilities
  • Proposal evaluation
  • Questions & Answers

Reehana Rafat Raza
WB, Washington DC, USA

Prof Afework Kassu, DG, HERAA, FMOE

June 10, 2015 Preparation for Ethiopia’s participation in ACE II competition

9.00 – 12.30 including Coffee Break

Selection of priority sectors/areas for ACEs Ethiopia

  • How can the ACE program and potential ACEs respond to Ethiopia’s developmental challenges?
  • Which developmental challenges are seen to be most urgent to be addressed by potential ACEs through the program?
  • Which specializations would be of strength of Ethiopian universities?
  • What are the specific areas for regional collaboration from the country’s perspective and how can it be promoted? 
  • Questions & Answers


Dr. Aikilu Hailemichael, Director General, Education Strategy Center





14.00 – 15.30

University level ACE proposal development

  • Selection of center/faculty/department
  • Development of proposal based on Request for Proposal
  • Bahir Dar University
  • Addis Ababa University

Dr. Tesfaye Teshome,
Director General, HERQA


Coffee break



15.45 – 17.00

National level process:

  • What is the role of the national government in ACE II?
  • Establishment of National Review and Performance Committees (MoE)?
  • National work shop to review proposals ?

Prof. Afework Kassu

Dr Samuel Kifle, DG, HEAA




Next Steps and timeline


MoE & WB




Closing Remarks


Dr. Kaba Urgessa, State Minister, FMOE


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