Selected Speeches Of His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie I


Although our national economy is not yet fully developed to enable us to accomplish the objective we have ultimately set ourselves in the field of education, we have granted, thus implementing the principle that education is the vital need, scholarships to other African countries. We are fully aware that Czechoslovakia, in the same way as Ethiopia, is one of the countries which strive to assist the people of Africa to extend their education and to achieve independence in determining their own destinies. In view of the fact, that the Czechoslovak Government has granted scholarships to Ethiopian students, we trust that in the near future Ethiopian students will be enrolled in this ancient, famous University. It is, therefore, in full cognizance of this unique significance of this University as the main source of national culture and strength as well as of the great importance and keenness of this University in the field of culture that we accept this great honour conferred upon us today.

July 15, 1959.

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