Anbessa Teferra was appointed to the position of senior lecturer of Semitic languages at Tel Aviv University in Israel. He is the first immigrant from Ethiopia to be granted status as a senior lecturer at an Israeli University. About 2.2 percent of the population of Israel is of Ethiopian descent.
Dr. Teferra was born in Ethiopia in 1962. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in linguistics at Addis Ababa University and served on the faculty there for five years. He came to Israel in 1989 and studied at Tel Aviv University. Dr. Teferra completed his Ph.D. at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He was the first Ethiopian immigrant in Israel to earn a doctoral degree.
Dr. Teferra was a teaching fellow for the past five years. Now 15 years after obtaining his Ph.D., Dr. Teferra has secured a tenured faculty appointment. He teaches classes in Semitic languages in the department of Hebrew Culture Studies at Tel Aviv University.