ADDIS ABABA – Addis Ababa University (AAU) has entered into an agreement with Tanzania’s University of Dar Es Salaam (UDSM) to begin teaching the Kiswahili language.
The memorandum of understanding was signed between AAU’s President Tassew Woldehana (Prof.) and Vice Chancellor UDSM William Anangisye (Prof.) in Ethiopia’s capital on Wednesday.
The agreement aims to keen the language its status as one the major languages spoken in East Africa.
As per the five-year agreement, the AAU said it will launch Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Kiswhali Language in collaboration with the UDSM.
The two universities also agree to collaborate in research programs, expanding their various academic fields and facilitate experience sharing opportunity among their staffs.
The signing between the two universities took place days after the African Union heads of States and Governments approved Kiswahili to be one of the bloc’s official working languages.
Prof. Anangisye is on an official visit to Addis Ababa to set plans and implementation of instituting Kiswahili as a working language for the Commission of the AU.
Kiswahili, also known as Swahili, is the lingua franca in most of East African countries and parts of central and southern Africa.