Ethiopian Presidents’ Academic Qualifications: 1974 Till Date


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The history of Ethiopia is not just an interesting one but can also be called a tale of courage and bravery. From the emergence as an empire under the Aksumites to its current form as the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. The journey has not been all that easy, considering the years of Egyptian invasion and the defeat of Egyptians, Italian first and second invasion and the defeat of Italians, military coup and also lots of bloodshed that has taken place in all these processes before the emergence of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia in 1991. We all know much about Ethiopian history, and how the country was only briefly which many believe shouldn’t be regarded as colonization but know little or nothing about the men that have brought us this far especially their academic qualifications. Take a quick glance below to see the academic qualifications of the presidents of Ethiopia starting from the first military president to the current president of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.

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Aman Mikael Andom (1924–1974):

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He attended Comboni College and later St. George’s Military School in Khartoum.
Acquired a bachelor’s degree from Howard University In May 1964, when he was assigned as military attaché to the Ethiopian Embassy in Washington, D.C.

Mengistu Haile Mariam (1937–):

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Holetta Military Academy
Received advanced military training in the United States, the late 1960s.

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Teferi Benti (1921–1977):

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Holetta Military Academy

Tesfaye Gebre Kidan(acting):

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(1935–2004) Holetta Military Academy,

Transitional Government of Ethiopia

Meles Zenawi  (interim)(1955–2012):

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Elementary education at Queen of Sheba Junior School located in Adwa.
He did his high school in prestigious General Wingate High school in Addis Ababa on a full scholarship and completed high school in 1972.
After high school, Meles studied medicine at Addis Ababa University (at the time known as Haile Selassie University) for two years dropped out in 1974 to join other students and form Tigrayan National Organization (TNO) the forerunner Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) in Dedebit, Tigray.
Meles was awarded an MBA (Master of Business Administration) from the Open University of the United Kingdom in 1995 and master of science in economics from the Erasmus University of the Netherlands in 2004. In July 2002, Meles received an honorary doctoral degree in political science from the Hannam University in South Korea.

Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

Negasso Gidada(1943–):

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Holds a doctorate in social history from the Goethe University in Frankfurt-am-Main.

Girma Wolde-Giorgis (1924– ):

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He attended Ethiopian Orthodox Church school and later joined the Teferi Mekonnen School in Addis Ababa where he continued his education until the Italian invasion. The school was then renamed “Scuola Principe di Piemonte” (Prince of Piedmonte School) for the Crown Prince of Italy, in Addis Ababa.
He Graduated from Genet Military School in Holeta, Ethiopia in 1944 as a sub-lieutenant
He was awarded certificates in Management in Netherlands, in Air Traffic Management in Sweden and Air Traffic Control in Canada through a training programme sponsored by the International Civil Aviation Organization.

Mulatu Teshome (1955/56– ):

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Bachelor’s degree in philosophy of political economy and doctorate in international law at Peking University in China.

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