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PhD Graduate Mekuria Teklemariam Inspired to Better Serve Ethiopia​
View : 630 Date : 2020-09-21 Writer : PR Office

Ethiopia’s Former Minister of Urban Development and Housing Mekuria Teklemariam earned his PhD in the Global ITTP last month.

< Ethiopia’s Former Minister of Urban Development and Housing Mekuria Teklemariam earned his PhD in the Global ITTP last month. >

Ethiopia’s Former Minister of Urban Development and Housing Mekuria Teklemariam became a KAIST alumnus, earning his PhD in the Global IT Technology Program (ITTP) last month. Dr. Telkemariam completed his degree summa cum laude in business administration in four years. He is the highest-ranking official among the ITTP Program recipients.

Dr. Teklemarian cited the ‘Saemaul Undong,’ also known as the New Community Movement as well as the strong infrastructure of IT industry as part of the driving forces behind Korea’s rapid economic success and this inspired him to choose KAIST as his academic destination. 

The Global ITTP was launched in 2006 to educate elite public officials from diverse countries on information and communication technology. This program has played a vital role in transferring Korea’s advanced information and communications technology to many countries whose industries are in the budding stages.

Approximately 200 officials from over 50 countries have enrolled in the ITTP program, and the program has expanded to cover diverse areas of ICT and grown into a global network of ICT leaders abroad. The 2020 Class graduated five PhDs and five master’s degree holders.

Dr. Teklemariam plans to benchmark Korea to aid the development of Ethiopia when he returns home. “Korea is a country that has made remarkable progress in all areas including politics and economics in the last few decades, emerged from one of the poorest countries in the 1960s to be among the largest economies in the world today,” Dr. Telkemariam said. 

“So I wanted to study what transformed Korea to make such a miraculous transformation academically for my country’s own development too,” he added, explaining his motivation to study in Korea. He also cited diverse IT education programs for the elderly as a Korean policy he would like to see applied in his country.

The 50-year-old former minister and incumbent urban affairs advisor to the prime minister of Ethiopia was elected to the country's parliament a decade ago, becoming the youngest member in Ethiopian history. He has led the economic development of Ethiopia in the areas of smart city development, land management, and housing development policies. 

While studying at KAIST, Dr. Telkemariam became the two-time winner of the Outstanding Collaborative Research Award presented by the KAIST Institute for IT Convergence through collaborative research with the National IT Industry Promotion Agency (NIPA) and the Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI). 

In addition, his graduation thesis, "Differentiating mobile broadband policies across diffusion stages: A panel data analysis" was published in Telecommunications Policy.

President Sung-Chul Shin met with him during a luncheon meeting before he returned to home. During the meeting Dr. Telkemariam said, “I was impressed by the Korean people, who not only work hard to do their part wherever they are, but also put whatever they say into practice. I will apply and practice what I have learned from Korea and KAIST to Ethiopia.” President Shin responded, “We shall seek to find ways to cooperate that can be practically used to expand exchanges between the two countries.”