Partnering to Develop Transformative Leaders in Ethiopia

The University of Gondar (Ethiopia) and Queen’s University (Canada), supported by the Mastercard Foundation, have developed a 10-year partnership to advance inclusive higher education for young people with disabilities, develop new occupational therapy programs and advance research for inclusive education and community-based rehabilitation in Africa.

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In the News

Queen’s Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program Virtual Orientation 2020

The Queen’s Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program Office warmly welcomed the 2020 Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program PhD Fellows virtually on Tuesday, August 25, 2020. The 2020 Mastercard Foundation Fellows will be completing disability-related PhDs in Rehabilitation Science and Law. The 2020 Fellows participated in the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program Orientation, which provided supports to facilitate their …<h5 class="moretag"><a href="" class="read-more-link">Read More</a></h5>

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International Scholars One Step Closer to UoG

Now again in the 2020/2021 academic year the Scholars Program at the University of Gondar is recruiting new Scholars who will be some of the continents competent and hard working individuals. 

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Jim Leech Mastercard Foundation Fellowship on Entrepreneurship for African Students

After the eight-month Fellowship program, the Fellows will continue to have access to the DDQIC’s network. Where appropriate, they will be linked to local resources that will help accelerate the growth of their ventures.

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Announcement on the OT MSc Scholarship (2021)

New development for all applicants/potential applicants of the fully sponsored Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSc_OT) at Queen’s University in Canada through the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program. Due to the sudden closure of the British Council because of the Pandemic arrangements are currently being made in collaboration with Queens University, Canada and the MasterCard …<h5 class="moretag"><a href="" class="read-more-link">Read More</a></h5>

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University of Gondar’s Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) Program Supports those in Need

According to World Bank and World Health Organization reports, a total of 17.6% of the Ethiopian population consists of people with some form of disability.

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The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program Donates 1.1 Million ETB worth of Personal Protective Equipment to UoG

To bolster the efforts of the University the Mastercard Foundation’s Scholars Program has donated numerous personal protective equipment to the University of Gondar’s Comprehensive Specialized Hospital.

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Graduating Scholar: Message from Habtamu Alamneh

Scholar Habtamu Alamneh  Msc in Special Needs Education Message from Habtamu on his Graduation and his views on the Scholars Program at the University of Gondar: “I would like to firstly thank the Mastercard Foundation for all that it has done in making my dreams come true. I have gotten invaluable memories and experience at …<h5 class="moretag"><a href="" class="read-more-link">Read More</a></h5>

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Graduating Scholar: Message from Sosna Melkamu

Scholar Sosna Melkamu Msc in Medical Nursing   Message from Sosna on the Scholars Program at the University of Gondar: “My time at the University of Gondar’s Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program is something I will cherish forever. I remember the morning I found out I had been accepted to the Medical Nursing program. I was …<h5 class="moretag"><a href="" class="read-more-link">Read More</a></h5>

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First Batch of Mastercard Foundation Scholars Graduate from the University of Gondar

In the coming years more and more Scholars will enter into the work force becoming future leaders in sectors that are vital to the development of their respective nations. These Scholars will become the nation’s next community organizers, engineers, teachers, doctors and politicians. And with the tools and knowledge they have gained over the years it s certain that they will be able to transform into agents of change wherever they go.

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Transforming into leaders in the midst of a pandemic: Mastercard Foundation Scholars at Gondar and their motivation to giving back

Scholars are finding ways to support their communities and help others respond in a positive way to the challenges and threats that arise with COVID-19.

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Our Partners

The University of Gondar is the oldest medical school in Ethiopia, with a focus on a team approach and community-based
The Mastercard Foundation works with visionary organizations to provide greater access to education, skills training and financial services for people living in poverty, primarily in Africa. As one of the largest, independent foundations, its work is guided by its mission to advance learning and promote financial inclusion in order to alleviate poverty.
Queen’s is one of Canada’s leading universities, celebrating its 175th anniversary in 2016-17 and offering a full range of undergraduate and graduate programs. The university’s Faculty of Health Sciences includes a School of Rehabilitation Therapy, School of Nursing and a School of Medicine.