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Nov. 11, 2019

University of Greenwich MA graduate wins Nobel Peace Prize

University of GreenwichA masters graduate from the University of Greenwich has won the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize.

University of Greenwich alumnusAbiy Ahmed, the Ethiopian Prime Minister, has been given the award for his efforts to "achieve peace and international cooperation".

When he was elected Prime Minister last year - aged just 42 - Mr Abiy became the youngest leader in Africa and played a key role in helping Ethiopia reaching a peace deal with Eritrea, bringing to an end a 20-year military stalemate.

Mr Abiy gained an MA in Transformational Leadership and Change at the University of Greenwich’s partner institution in Ethiopia, the International Leadership Institute (ILI), and graduated in 2011 He is the second University of Greenwich alumnus to win a Nobel Prize, in 2009 Dr Charles Kao - known as the "father of fibre optics" - was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics.

This is the 100th Nobel Peace Prize, and includes around £730,000 along with the prestigious title. Mr Abiy will receive his award in Oslo, Norway in December.

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Content added on 11th November 2019. 

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