This is a best prospect industry sector for this country. Includes a market overview and trade data.
Capital: Addis Ababa
Population: 108,113,150 (July 2020 est.)
GDP: $200.6 billion (2017 est., Purchasing Power Parity)
Currency: Birr (ETB)
Language: Oromo (official working language in the State of Oromiya) 33.8%, Amharic (official national language) 29.3%, Somali (official working language of the State of Sumale) 6.2%, Tigrigna (Tigrinya) (official working language of the State of Tigray) 5.9%, Sidamo 4%, Wolaytta 2.2%, Gurage 2%, Afar (official working language of the State of Afar) 1.7%, Hadiyya 1.7%, Gamo 1.5%, Gedeo 1.3%, Opuuo 1.2%, Kafa 1.1%, other 8.1%, English (major foreign language taught in schools), Arabic (2007 estimate)
UNESCO Student Mobility Number
Ethiopia has 7,578 students studying abroad according to UNESCO.
CIA World Factbook
59.28% of the Ethiopian population is under 24 years old.
There is significant growth of academic institutions in Ethiopia and high potential for students who want to study abroad. Ethiopia is ranked fourth among Sub-Saharan Africa countries sending students to U.S universities. Ethiopian students are most interested in science and technology fields, particularly engineering, computer science, and medicine. This may be influenced by Ethiopia’s 2008 education policy, which dictates that 70 percent of all students pursue science and technology-related degrees, while 30 percent pursue the social sciences. The U.S remains the number one destination for Ethiopian students.
Individuals’ economic growth is increasing, and it is desirable to send ones’ children to the U.S. for education. Most families prefer community colleges because the lower tuition is more affordable.
The existence of many international and private schools in Ethiopia helps recruitment efforts by U.S. higher education institutions.
There is an EducationUSA Advising Center in the U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia, which helps to assist U.S. higher education institutions in Ethiopia to create a platform for connecting with Ethiopian local students. The U.S. Commercial Service can support with customized programs, such as Single School Promotions, Virtual Introductions, and the like, to meet with potential recruitment partners.
The Public Affairs Office at the U.S. Embassy organizes education fairs. Dates for 2021 fairs are not yet determined.
- U.S. Commercial Service Ethiopia: https://trade.gov/ethiopia
- U.S. Commercial Service Global Education Team: https://trade.gov/education-industry
- Industry and Analysis, Office of Supply Chain, Professional & Business Services – www.trade.gov/professional-and-business-services
- Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia Ministry of Education Website: www.moe.gov.et
- Ministry of Science and Higher Education: http://www.moshe.gov.et/
- National Educational Assessment and Examinations Agency Website: www.neaea.gov.et
- EducationUSA advising centers in Ethiopia: Addis Ababa
- Email: AddisAbaba@educationusa.org
- Telephone: +251 111307924/7625
- Websites: https://educationusa.state.gov/centers/educationusa-advising-center-addis-ababa https://et.usembassy.gov/education-culture/study-usa/
U.S. COMMERCIAL SERVICE CONTACT
Yemesrach Kassu, Commercial Specialist
U.S. Commercial Service – Ethiopia