The role of higher education institutions is important to clearly explain Ethiopia’s strategic interest in the Red Sea – President of Semera University

The role of higher education institutions is important to clearly explain Ethiopia’s strategic interest in the Red Sea – President of Semera University


Dr. Mohamed Usman, president of Semera University, said that the role of higher education institutions is important to clearly explain Ethiopia’s strategic interest in the Red Sea.
A national workshop focused on Ethiopia’s strategic interest in the Red Sea region, organized by five universities, will be held tomorrow at the Rado Cultural and Indigenous Knowledge Research Center of Samara University.
Dr. Mohamed Usman, president of Semera University, said that the workshop was organized by Semera University in collaboration with Addis Ababa, Mekele, Dredawa and Jigjiga universities.
He also stated that the purpose is for higher education institutions to present objective observations supported by research regarding Ethiopia’s strategic interest in the Red Sea region.
He said that higher education institutions should focus on the Red Sea issue to raise Ethiopia’s regional prestige.
The President stated that Ethiopia has a great responsibility by informing about its real desire to get a sea gate on the principle of mutual benefit and by thwarting the false information spread by other parties.
Dr. Mohammed added that the Red Sea was the main line connecting Ethiopia with the rest of the world.
He also stated that it should not be forgotten that this ocean region, which connects Africa with Asia and Europe, is dealing with changing conditions and many countries are focusing on their national interests.
In this sense, higher education institutions should understand the dynamic geo-politics of the Red Sea, and highlight the good opportunities in terms of culture, history and people-to-people connections based on research.
He mentioned that three research papers will be discussed in the workshop tomorrow and a research paper will be presented that explores Ethiopia’s strategic interest in the Red Sea from the perspective of its historical context.
Apart from that, a research paper will be presented which explores the experiences of the countries that do not have bar doors from the perspective of geo politics and international law, ESA reported.
He said that the third topic of discussion is focused on the possibilities of changing the Red Sea region from competition to an area of cooperation and mutual benefit.
He pointed out that Semera University, being close to the Red Sea region, will work on specific research contexts to ensure Ethiopia’s national interest and strengthen people-to-people ties.

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