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BDU’s Geo-spatial Data and Technology Center has held the 5th national Geographic Information System (GIS) Summit from 11-12 of May 2018 at Wisdom Hall, Bahir Dar University.

The university’s vice president for research and community service, Dr. Mulunesh Abebe, after welcoming the participants of the summit, said that Geo-spatial data and technology nowadays has made human activity and life easier particularly in the developed world. In Ethiopia the utilization of the sector is still limited and BDU is committed to support and be part of the solution for the development of Geo-spatial data and technology in the country, she added.

The focus of this year’s summit is identifying the gaps between researchers and decision makers of the field and discuss on how the sector could contribute for the development of the nation, said the Center’s director Dr Daniel Ayalew.

Bahir Dar University established the Geo-spatial Data and Technology Center as one of its research center aimed at spatial data based research, Geo-spatial data archiving and supporting stakeholders.

Decision makers from different government and non-governmental institutions including the director of Ethiopian Geospatial information agency, Mr. Sultan Mohamed, have attend the summit

BDU’s Institute of Land administration in collaboration with Ethiolandnet secretariat has held the 3rd annual national land administration conference with a theme “promoting evidence based land administration system in Ethiopia,” at homeland hotel.

The institute’s director, Dr. Achamyelh Gashu, in his introductory remark to the conference noted that efforts are being undertaken to modernize the administration system of urban and rural land sectors. However, there is still knowledge and experience gap in implementing an informed and evidence based decision making on matters of land and land related issues, he said. The objective of the conference is to contribute in filling these gaps through interactive discussions and ideas, According to Dr Achamyelh.

BDU’s president, Dr. Firew Tegegne, in his opening speech outlined that the availability of a comprehensive and up to date record of land information will enable to have an integrated infrastructure developments, such as highways, irrigation and hydro electric dams, large and small scale agricultural investments. Dr. Firew added that effective land administration system could also have a significant contribution for land taxation and in creating certainty in landownership and possession across the nation. He finally emphasized on BDU’s commitment in achieving these goals.

Distinguished professionals in the area, policy makers, development practitioners and other stakeholders have attended the conference.

The fourth edition of Ethio-Sudan Higher Education Cooperation day has been celebrated from 06-08  May, 2018 at BDU.

The day has been aiming at magnifying the historical and current diplomatic ties between Ethiopia and the Sudan, and people to people relationship of the two countries. President of BDU, Dr. Firew Tegegne, in his opening remark to the conferencenoted thatthe relationship between Ethiopia and Sudan is multifaceted. The trade, culture, security and boundaries we share unite us stronger and tighter. Most importantly, the great river NILE has been an enduring mark of our togetherness, he added. He further outlined the significance of the day in strengthening the ties between our two countries, and BDU’s commitment toward the achievement of this partnership.

It has been underscored from the Sudanese delegation that celebrating Sudan Day will enable the participant universities to enhance their collaboration and also discuss on future possibilities.

As part of the celebration of the cooperation day,an academic discussion and presentation was held by researches and academicians. It has been also complemented by a football game between BDU and Emirates College of Science and Technology, and by other cultural festivities.

LLM students of Business and Corporate Law at the Law School, Kahalid Kebede and Sitelbenat Hassen, have received the “Michael Sher Educational Award” of the 25th Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court Competition in Vienna, Austria. Khalid and Sitelbenat were awarded in front of 2000 representatives of more than 360 universities from around the globe, arbitration professionals and international academic scholars. It is the first time an Ethiopian (and even African) university receives this award.

It is for the second time that the School of Law is represented in this prestigious Moot Court Competition, and that our last year representatives have even bring further academic partnerships with Penn State University of USA, where they have also been offered a scholarship for further postgraduate studies.

BDU boldly appreciates its students for winning the award and representing the university in this international forum. Congratulations!

You are kindly invited to submit an abstract of maximum 500 words on one of the following Evidence-Based research thematic areas 
⇒Land Governance, 
⇒Land policy, 
⇒Land rights, 
⇒Innovative Land Information Systems, 
⇒Land Registration, 
⇒Surveying and Mapping, 
⇒ Land Market and Finance, 
⇒ Land Fragmentation and Consolidation, 
⇒ Land Tenure management, 
⇒ Land Use Planning and Land Development Control, 
⇒Urban Development/Expansion and Land Acquisition, 
⇒Institutional Setting, 
⇒ Expropriation, Valuation and Compensation, 
⇒Large Scale Agricultural Investment, 
⇒ Women and Vulnerable Groups Land Right 
⇒ And any land related papers Conference 

For detail click  Call for Abstract Submission

The Institute of Land Administration of Bahir Dar University in collaboration with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) through “Strengthening Capacities for Land Governance in Africa (SLGA)” program is running a PhD programme in Land Policy and Governance. This call invites eligible applicants to apply to the Institute of Land Administration for September 2018 intake. Please send your application and other required documents to Dr Berhanu Kefale ( and CC to Dr Achamyeleh Gashu (

For further information on the PhD program and the research thematic areas and deadline issues please check at :

Call for PhD Scholarship in Land Policy and Governance for 2018 intake



President of the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Mr. Ching_Jong Lialo and his team have been briefed about BDU at wisdom tower. Both institutions have expressed interests to work jointly further on teaching and research apart from the already operational bilateral cooperation.

Bahir Dar University Institute of Land Administration has graduated the 2nd batch 29 Architecture students in a ceremony held at Auditorium Hall, Peda Campus.

While making welcoming speech, Dr. Achamyeleh Gashu, Dean of the Institute of Land Administration, has made a brief explanation about the institute and the works it has been undertaking to become a center of excellence in land administration and related fields. He also noted that the objective of opening Architecture department within the institute is to produce qualified Architects who are capable of conducting Architectural designs particularly for urban development and construction.

The graduation was celebrated in the presence of Ato Tesfaye Getachew, head of ANRS Trade, Industry and Market Development Bureau and chairman of Bahir Dar University Board, Dr. Firew Tegegne(president of BDU), and other dignitaries

የባህር ዳር ዩኒቨርሲቲ ሳይንስ ኮሌጅ ስድስተኛውን ዓመታዊ ኮንፈረንስ በዩኒቨርሲቲው የመሰብሰቢያ አዳራሸ ለሁለት ተከታታይ ቀናት አካሄደ::

መርሃ-ግብሩ በይፋ መከፈቱን ያበሰሩት የፕሮግራሙ የክብር እንግዳና የአብክመ ሳይንስና ቴክኖሎጂ ኢንፎርሜሽን ኮሚኒኬሽን ኮምሽነር ዶ/ር ሰብስበው አጥቃው ሲሆኑ ሳይንስ የሁሉም ነገር መሰረት እንደመሆኑ መጠን በዘመነ መልኩ ለመተግበር የከፍተኛ ት/ት ተቋማት ከሌሎች አጋር አካላት ጋር በመቀናጀት የአንበሳውን ድርሻ መውሰድ ስለሚገባቸው የኮንፍረንሱ መካሄድ ጉልህ ፋይዳ እንዳለው ገልፀው የሚሰሩ የምርምር ውጤቶች ሽልፍ ላይ ብቻ ሳይቀመጡ የህብረተሰቡን አንኳር ችግር ነቅሶ በማውጣትና የምርምሩን ስነ-ምግባር በመከተል መሬት የነካ ስራ እንዲሰራ ተቋማቸው ክትትልና ቁጥጥሩን የማስረፅ ተግባር እንደሚያከናውን አስገንዝበዋል፡፡

የኮንፍረንሱን ቁልፍ መልዕክት(Keynote Speech) ያስተላለፉት የባህር ዳር ዩኒቨርሲቲ ፕሬዘዳንት ዶ/ር ፍሬው ተገኘ ናቸው፡፡ሳይንሳዊ ግኝቶችን በተግባር ማዋል የበለፀጉ አገራት መገለጫ እንደመሆኑ መጠን ምርምሮችን ውጤታማ ለማድረግ በተለያዩ የስራ መስኮች የተሰማሩ ባለሙያዎች ቅንጅት ስለሚያስፈልግ በኮንፍረንሱ አማካኝነት በሚቀርቡት ፅሁፎች መነሻነት የተለያዩ የምርምር ውጤቶችን በማየት ክፍተቶችን ከመሙላት አንፃር በር ከፋች መሆኑን ገልፀው በየጊዜው የሚቀርቡትን የምርምር ውጤቶች ተከታትሎ የማስፈፀምና ፖሊሲ እስከ ማስቀየር የሚደርሱትን የመከታተል ክፍተት የነበረ ቢሆንም ለወደፊት ተጠናክሮ እንደሚቀጥል አስገንዝበዋል፡፡

የኮሌጁ ዲን ዶ/ር ደለለ ወርቁም በበኩላቸው ለመላው ታዳሚ የእንኳን ደህና መጣችሁ መልዕክታቸውን አስተላልፈው ኮሌጁ አንጋፋና በርካታ አኩሪ ተግባራትን የሚያከናውን መሆኖን በሰፊው አስተዋውቀዋል፡፡

በፕሮግራሙ ላይ በርካታ ጥናታዊ ፅሁፎች ከባህር ዳር ዩኒቨርሲቲና ከተለያዩ የአገር ውስጥ ዩኒቨርሲቲዎች በተውጣጡ ሙህራን የቀረቡ ሲሆን የኮሌጁ ቤተ-ሙከራና የተለያዩ ግቢዎች ተጎብኝተዋል፡፡

BDU’s Law Students’ Union (LSU) has held a breathtaking debate between female law students last Wednesday/3rd of January , 2018 at Gish Abay Campus, Moot Court Hall. The students have argued on the issues entitled “Is VAT really an undesignated tax?”

A number of practical concerns and constitutional issues have been raised since the introduction of Value Added Tax (VAT) in Ethiopia in 2002. The adoption of VAT in Ethiopia, as one form of tax, was justified under the constitutional clause of “undesignated powers of taxation.” Though it was said to be undesignated tax power, practically speaking it has brought changes in the already existing distribution power of taxation by shifting part of states’ power of taxation over “sales tax” to the federal government.

While Yabsera Alemneh (2nd Year) and Fitsum Mekete (3rd year) supports the motion, Mekdes Wudu and Meklit Tassew(both 3rd year) have argued against the motion.

The debate was held in front of panel of Judges (including BDU’s Gender Affairs Directorate Director Dr. Almaz and other 4 Staff members from the law School), and law students across all batches.