Toronto Addis Ababa Academic Collaboration
The purpose of the Toronto Addis Ababa Academic Collaboration (TAAAC) is to assist Addis Ababa University (AAU) Ethiopia, build and strengthen capacity and sustainability in medical specialties and other health and non-health professional programs.
TAAAC is the umbrella organization housing all the new educational partnerships between Departments and Divisions in six Faculties at the University of Toronto (UofT) in Canada and AAU. TAAAC facilitates each of the partnerships who work closely with their sister department at AAU to understand the educational needs and objectives and sends small, well organized groups of volunteer faculty and an accompanying senior student, who travel to AAU for a month to teach, co-teach, mentor and collaborate. The programs build on the work of each group of outgoing faculty so that together we accumulate and learn from our collective experience and expertise, and stay current with an ever progressing educational landscape at AAU.
TAAAC partnerships work to enhance and expand medical residencies and sub-specialty training in medicine, and to strengthen Masters and PhD programming in other post graduate academic programs.
The Power of International Collaboration
The expansion of in-country training opportunities in graduate programming in Ethiopia significantly impact the substantial migration of young professionals to other countries for training. By establishing a critical mass of faculty and practitioners, TAAAC has directly contributed to a 90% retention rate of newly graduated medical and academic experts.
TAAAC is a model of collaboration in global health, promoting an accessible, robust health system and contributing directly to ongoing economic and infrastructure growth. By facilitating excellence in academic research and practice, a new generation of confident and competent young Ethiopians will help fulfil their country’s great potential. Simultaneously, University of Toronto faculty and students engage in a meaningful collaboration that builds on the University’s commitment to global citizenship and international engagement.
AAU is becoming a magnet centre of excellence for education in sub-Saharan Africa and an internationally significant research university.