Ethiopia Summer 2003

Addis Ababa University
June 1, 2003 to July 15, 2003


MIT AITI sent a team of seven MIT students to Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia, to teach a technology course to a group of engineering students at the national university. The courses of study included the Java programming language, Java Server Pages (JSP) and the Linux operating system. The intention was to give the students exposure to modern open-source software used in the technology industry. Included with the technical curriculum, a seminar on entrepreneurship was offered in which the students were taught about business planning and development. This seminar included a series of lectures on business opportunities given by prominent local industrialists and government officials. Overall, the program was a great success, not only teaching the students valuable skills which can be applied in the IT sector, but also giving them ideas and encouragement to go out and build businesses of their own.

Final Report