Chapter I - Part 1
Higher Education
UCI ~ I See You
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Nothing is hidden from God's view!...
Laying Cornerstone, Arts Building
Sep. 23, 1963
... Man cannot live by bread alone.  Man, after all, is also composed of intellect and soul ...
Education develops the intellect; and the intellect distinguishes man from other creatures.  It is
education that enables man to harness nature and utilize her resources for the well-being and
improvement of his life.  The key for the betterment and completeness of modern living is

But, "Man cannot live by bread alone."  Man, after all, is also composed of intellect and soul.  
Therefore, education in general, and higher education in particular, must aim to provide, beyond
the physical, food for the intellect and soul.  That education which ignores man's intrinsic nature,
and neglects his intellect and reasoning power cannot be considered true education.

A will organized education should not be one which prepares students for a good remuneration
alone.  It should be one that can help and guide them towards acquiring clear thinking, a fruitful
mind, and an elevated spirit.

The educated person that Ethiopia and countries of her level needs is not one who had stuffed bits
of knowledge into his mind.  The needed educated individual is one who uses the ideas he
obtained from his
lectures, books, and discussions to the best advantage of his own country and his own people.  It is
he who disseminates new ideas in harmony with the economic and social aspects of his own
community so that fruitful results would be realized.  This is the educated person who can show
segments of knowledge he accumulated in his learning, inventiveness in a new situation.

Ethiopia is a country with her own cultures and mores.  These, our cultures and customs, more
than being the legacy of our historical past, are characteristics of our Ethiopianess.  We do not
want our legacies and traditions to be lost.  Our wish and desire is that education develop, enrich,
and modify them.

You all know the continuous effort that Ethiopia is exerting for the development of a profound and
high standard education.  We need educated and trained persons for research, for the study and
development of our country's resources, for technology, for medicine, for the law, and the
administration for our people according to their custom.  These are the needs that constrain Us to
provide, at all levels, education free of charge.  And students, ever mindful of this privilege, should
endeavour to recompense their country and nation.

The opportunity for education, afforded to the few in our country, is not given to them for a fashion
or a mode.  It is given for a purpose, for a task, for a high responsibility, for full and exhaustive use,
for the benefit of our country, and the generation.

We have just explained to you the type of result, and responsibility that We expect from you
students.  It is on you, the members of the faculty that We must rely for this result.  We realize  the
heavy responsibility We have entrusted to you.  We hope that you too, while believing and
accepting your responsibilities as your sacred duties, will produce for Ethiopia persons who take
pride in you and their education and are ready for the call of service.

It is you who must mould the minds of your students -- that they may be wise, farsighted,
intelligent, profound in their thinking, devoted to their country and government and fruitful in their
work.  It is you who must serve as the example.  On their part also, they will have to learn not only
formal education but also self-discipline that should be worthy to be inherited.  May the Almighty
God be with you in the fulfillment of your duties.
Haile Selassie the First - September 23, 1963