Institute of Ethiopian Studies at AAU
Society of Friends
The Institute of Ethiopian
Addis Ababa University
Founded January 1968
The Society of Friends of the Institute of Ethiopian Studies, which was
founded in January 1968, has played an important role in introducing the
Ethiopian and foreign community to many aspects of Ethiopia's unique
culture, and has also instrumental in raising funds for the Institute
Museum's most important acquisitions.
The Society holds regular lectures and slide shows throughout the academic
year, and offers members privileged access to the Institute's steadily
expanding Museum as well as its important Library.
These facilities have contributed significantly to creating a greater
awareness and appreciation of Ethiopia history and culture.
Funds raised by the Society's Annual and LIfe Membership have enabled
the Musuem to make many important acquisitions, particularly crosses,
icons and other paintings, and manuscripts. These acquisitions,
have enabled the Institute Museum to emerge as the finest gallery of
Ethiopian art in the world, and at the same time saved for posterity
innumerable works of Ethiopian art which the country would almost
certainly have lost.
1. Objectives of the Society
- promoting the study of Ethiopian culture
- collecting, preserving and restoring
- articles of traditionl life
- diffusing the knowledge of Ethiopia's past
- and present culture through publications,
- lectures and exhibitions
Anyone who accepts the objectives of the Society is eligible for
regular membership. Candidates for admission must complete an
application form and be duly proposed by a membership.
The Committee may establish other classes of membership.
Regular members have the following privileges:
- they are eligible to receive all publications
- of the Institute of Ethiopian Studies at a
- discount of 15% to 20%
- they receive privileged invitations to
- lectures and converences organized by
- the Institute
- they enjoy the privilege of entry to the
- Museum without fee and of a preview of all
- they have free access to the Institute's
The annual subscription for regular members will be Ethiopian Birr 50.00
for members residing in Ethiopia and US $50.00 for members residing outside
of Ethiopia. Life membership will be awarded to presons who make a single
contribution, of Ethiopian Birr 1,000.00 or more, for members residing in
Ethiopia, and US $1,000.00 or more for members residing outside Ethiopia.
The Society will be directed by a Committee composed as follows:
- Four members ex-officio: the President
- of the University, the Director of the
- Institute of Ethiopian Studies, the Curator
- of the Museum, and the Librarian of the
- Institute, or their official representatives.
- Six members elected at the Annual General
- Meeting of the Society; they can be re-
5. Officers and Subcommittees
- The Committee will elect the Chairman
- and Treasurer at its first meeting. The
- Curator of the Museum will act as
- Secretary. In the absence of the Chairman
- the Committee may elect a Committee
- member to serve as ad-hoc chairman.
- The Committee may elect members to
- fill vacancies during the course of the
- year. The Committee may appoint
- subcommittees from the general
- membership; these subcommittees will
- report to the Committee.
- The Committee will meet regularly once a month.
- The General Meeting of the Society will be held annually in the
- second part of January. At the Meeting the report of the yearly
- activities will be presented, and the Committee members elected.
- Members of the Committee shall be elected by nomination from
- the general body of members, followed by a simple majority vote by
- those members present and in good standing.
The Treasurer will be responsible for the accounts of the Society
and will operate the Society's Bank Account jointly with the Director of
the Institute. The Accounts will be audited annually as soon as possible
after the end of December by an auditor named by the Committee. The
accounts will be presented tot eh Annual General Meeting.
8. Amendment of Rules
The Rules of the Society may be amended by a two-thirds majority
vote at the General Meeting by those memberes present and in good
9. Registered Address
The registered address of the Society will be:
Institute of Ethiopian Studies,
P.O. Box 1176
Addis Ababa University
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Phone: 11 94 69
Fax: (251-1) 55 26 88