Beginning in 2009, the first links were established with the Ethiopian Ministry of Higher Education, which led to extensive academic cooperation, confirmed by an agreement between GROUP T and the Ethiopian Ministry of Education. As part of this agreement, GROUP T and now KU Leuven – Campus Group T and GROUP T – Academy play an important role in assisting new engineering faculties in Ethiopian universities in the development of their faculty members and the implementation of their programs that bear great similarities to the objectives of this application. As part of this collaboration, more than 60 scholarships were hosted by Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa University, Aksum University, De Dire Dawa University, Jimma University, Wollega University and Wollo University for postgraduate training at Campus T. There are already 27 alumni. In 2012 and 2014, several T-Group collaborators joined Professor De Graeve on his new future Ethiopian missions, leading to the signing of three new memorandums of understanding10 with Dire Dawa, Aksum and Addis Ababa Science and Technology universities. In response to the current educational requirements for capacity building in Ethiopian universities, further discussions have begun with the Ethiopian authorities of the Ministry of Science and Technology and the Ministry of Health. It is only recently and approved by these two ministries that the first path to a new master`s degree in health engineering program has been introduced, and clinical and biomedical engineering programs have been tailored to meet Ethiopia`s health needs. GTAC Statement Friday offers support to all students and union members participating in the class strike and said union members would sign a petition related to the strike. However, it cautioned against retaining its work in a “concerted action” considered a labour strike in violation of the agreement between the union and the ku. Julie Thornton, director of worker relations at KU, told GTAC that her declaration of solidarity was contrary to the memorandum of understanding between the university and the union. In an email to the Journal-World, Thornton wrote that the union is offering “implicit approval” of the strike, which he called an “illegal drunk.” It also stated that GTAC`s approval for “illegal diversion” was contrary to a Memorandum of Understanding.
The university responded to GTAC in a statement: “Gta companies that participate in an illegal strike can be released from their jobs.” The statement added that “the approval of an illegal medical case by the GTAC is also an invitation to your membership to participate in a breach of the MEMORANDUM of Understanding.” There is also a clause in the agreement between ku and GTAC that requires a chain of command with respect to personnel discipline – or a progressive discipline clause. In other words, the company cannot request the dismissal of a qualified teaching assistant without first providing work advice, disciplinary letters, suspension and/or suspension of the employee without remuneration. For more information on the agreement between the University of Kansas and the University of Kansas Police Officers Association, see the Memorandum of Understanding of the University of Kansas Police Officers Association (pdf).