The University of International Business and Economics (UIBE), one of China's prestigious universities in Beijing, bestowed upon Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn an honorary professorship for his “extraordinary leadership”.
The University, which was founded in 1951, is one of the top universities in the fields of economics and business.
The University considered the economic growth the country has registered, efforts to alleviate poverty and realize global goals set to reduce poverty and improve access to basic services such as MDGs to bestow the honor upon the Premier.
The University has recognized the fast and successive economic growth which the country has witnessed for the past decade and more.
It also appreciated Ethiopia for the efforts it exerted to meet the Millennium Development Goals. The country has realized most of the MDGs that expired in 2015.
Ethiopia is also working to realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that succeeded the MDGs by aligning the goals with the second five-year Growth and Transformation Plan.
The country's contribution to the peace and stability of the region as well as the continent is also recognized by the University.