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Bahir Dar University has signed an agreement with NLA (Norwegian) University College. The agreement will specifically cover student exchange in journalism and communications studies.

 

Both undergraduate and postgraduate journalism students of NLA (Norwegian) University College will be studying at BDU and the Bahir Dar University counterparts will also be studying in Norway for a semester.

 

The President of Bahir Dar University, Dr Baylie Damtie, said on the occasion that the collaboration would be strengthened and expanded. 

 

Indicating that the government of Ethiopia is presently focusing on strengthening the practice of journalism in the country, Dr Baylie said that the student exchange agreement would be of paramount significance.

 

Dr Baylie has also indicated that his institution will be committed to translate the agreement into practice. “This will not just be Memorandum of Understanding; it will also be Memorandum of Action!” Dr Baylie added.

 

BDU’s Acting Vice President for Information and Strategic Communication, Mr Moges Abraha, on his part, has underlined that his office will specifically be committed to moving this partnership steps ahead.

 

Calling the participants join hands to realize vision of wisdom 2025, Mr Moges has also pledged that his office will be working jointly with the Faculty of Humanities to make the partnership bear necessary fruit.

 

The partnership was facilitated by NLA Professor, Dr. Terje Skjerdal. The cooperation will begin with two undergraduate and five postgraduate Norwegian students joining Bahir Dar University as of February, 2015.

 

Present on the event were, the faculty academic staff, university management and faculty students.

Abay Culture and Development Research Centre held a symposium aiming at rescuing indigenous knowledge and traditions from the sweeping impact of globalization. Indigenous knowledge is clearly the foundation of a country’s development, said the Director of the centre, Dr Muluken Andualem. The President of Bahir Dar University, Dr Baylie Damtie, said on the event that Ethiopia, as a country of extraordinary accumulation of indigenous knowledge, lags behind when it comes to using it. Dr Baylie stressed that Bahir Dar University will continue supporting the research centre’s endeavor of researching, documenting and preserving indigenous knowledge for the benefit of the country. The university, Dr Baylie added, will specifically support Abay Culture and Development Research Centre in order to make it achieve its noble goals. Abay Culture and Development Research Centre has the objective of preserving and promoting both manmade and natural resources of the region and country.Various papers on areas of Kine and Menzuma were presented on the function. Ethiopia is a nation of beautiful traditional relics among which are Lalibela rock-hewn churches, Fasiledes castle and different monasteries found in the islands of Lake Tana.

BDU participates on exhibition

Bahir Dar University has participated on the 24th Education and Training Conference held from October 27-29, 2014 at Hawassa, SNNPR. The conference was aimed at evaluating the education process of the previous academic year. Bahir Dar University has presented an exhibition on the event in relation to its experiences of teaching- learning, research, community services and communication and partnership of the academic year of 2006 EC. Particularly focusing on the activities being performed and the achievements being made by Bahir Dar Institute of Technology (BiT), the university has demonstrated on power-efficient oven and food preserving machine (for 19 days) on the exhibition. EiTEX instructors and students have also demonstrated different scientifically designed fashion garments on the event. A large number of visitors have expressed that they are impressed by what has been presented by Bahir Dar University, and some have even demanded to see the technological outcomes on market as soon as possible. World Bank has financially supported the energy efficient oven technology produced by Bahir Dar University on the basis of the idea that it is environmentally user-friendly.

Orientation workshop on journalism

A panel discussion on ‘Journalism Students for Professional Responsibility’ was held by Ethiopian Media Women Association (EMWA) focusing on Journalism and communication Department students at BDU. Thanking the representatives of EMWA for the panel, BDU’s Acting Vice President for Information and Strategic Communication, Mr. Moges Abraha, has underlined that his university is working towards strengthening the participation of women in the academic and administrative domains. Mr. Moges has also said that Bahir Dar University is deeply committed to engage in female students’ capacity building in all areas and to cooperate with different organizations working on the subject. EMWA’s Board Chairperson, Mrs. Emrakeb Assefa, welcoming the participants, made it clear that the objectives of the association include raising professional skills, increasing members’ access and participation in media, supporting interested media women and undertaking professional researches. A paper on “Media plurality, quality, and professional responsibility of journalists” was presented by Mrs. Tsige Aynalem. And critical and enlightening discussions on Ethiopian journalism, media challenges and ethics were made with the students. Students are expected to join the association as associate members. Present on the event were EMWA representatives, and Journalism and Communication staff and students. EMWA is a non-partisan and non-profit-making association working toward raising the skills of media professionals and practitioners to create gender sensitive media in Ethiopia.

GDTC staff participate in training at Berlin

Four African universities (Bahir Dar University from Ethiopia, Juba University form South Sudan, Al-Neelain University from Sudan and University Evangelique en Afrique from D.R. Congo) took part in GIS training in Berlin for 21 days. The training has been undertaken for the last three summers, based on the agreement between African Universities and Berlin Beuth University of Applied Science. The project was supported by DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service). Since the beginning of the first training, BDU students and instructors have been participating. In the 2014 summer school, which was held in Berlin from 14th of September to 2nd October) GDTC (Geospatial Data and Technology Center) members and one MSc Geoinformatics student from Geography and environmental sciences department have participated. The training was focused on didactical basics and network analysis. Our GDTC members gave lectures to students from African universities and from Beuth University of Applied Science. Since the first phase of the project will be phase out this year, vice presidents of the three universities joined the trainees and project coordinators at 28th of September, 2014 to evaluate the achievements and discuss the way forward. Intensive discussion was made regarding the effectiveness of the project. Dr.Tesfaye Shiferaw, Vice President for Research and Community Services of Bahir Dar University, addressed his university’s concern about the training. He also gave a brief presentation to the students, project coordinators, DAAD representative, Beuth University President and Vice President. His presentation was focused on the vision of BDU to become Research University and the opportunities that African Universities could have in collaborate. The relationship between African Universities and Beuth University (which is called South-North relationship) was evaluated as good. But the South-South relationship among African Universities was not given due emphasis by the project coordinators. BDU has taken the initiative to lead the South-South relationship. The Beuth university East Africa UNiGi community project coordinators have also admitted that they were no focused on this relationship and BDU is the right university to lead this relationship. BDU and Juba university representatives had discussions how to collaborate on capacity building, research, and staff exchange. The Vice Chancellor for Juba University and Vice President for BDU discussed thoroughly how to make it effective. The trainers from Juba University and Birhanu Gedif (director for Geospatial Data and Technology Center) from BDU-discussed and agreed on the major areas of research collaboration in areas of geospatial data and technologies: (1) Curriculum revision and development for Juba university (2). Further discussion is anticipated. The following areas were drafted during the discussion which is still subject for modification and approval of the two universities. 3. Staff exchanges for block courses 4. Scholarship (MSc) for Juba university students at BDU 5. Drafting project proposals for soliciting and securing funds 6. Tailor made training (capacity building) for Juba University Staffs

BDU, KSU partnership to commence

Bahir Dar University and Kansas State University (KSU) representatives held a discussion on possible areas of collabration on power/energy and agriculture-especially on postharvest grain loss minimization. Clarifying on the standing of Kansas State University, Dr. Noel N. Schulz, the leader of the delegates, has explained on possible areas of collaboration between the two parties. Dr.Noel has specifically underlined that bilateral relations can be built in areas of student and staff exchanges as well as in research on agriculture and energy. She has also made a presentation on energy management. The President of Bahir Dar University, Dr Baylie Damtie, has underlined on the event that collaborations need to be based primarily on the interests of the professors of the two higher institutions. Dr Baylie has also underlined on the necessity of off-grid and small scale energy solutions indicating that need of solar energy to deal with power shortage presently observed in rural Ethiopia. Briefing the delegates on Vision of Wisdom 2025 of his university, Dr Baylie has also pointed out that postharvest grain loss management and wealth creation through scientific and technological innovation can be areas of possible collaboration. Kansas State University’s (KSU’s) distinguished Professor of Grain Science and Industry, Professor Bhadriraju Subramanyam, made a presentation on various projects that are being undertaken in Ethiopia by KSU. Professor Subramanyam has also discussed on the introduction of model grain loss management methods in Ethiopia, with the support of USAID. BDU’s Bahir Dar Institute of Technology researchers, Dr Belachew Bantyirga and Dr Tasew Tadiyos, have presented on off-grid and small scale energy solutions in Ethiopia. Discussions on way-forward regarding the mechanisms of looking for funding agencies together and building effective communication and cooperation has also been made. BDU’s vice presidents, representatives of Technology Institute and representatives of Gondar University have attended the discussion. Donation of relevant books and other equipments used for the development post harvest grain loss management skills development has also been made.

BDU reaffirms promise

On a recent celebration of the 7th Ethiopian National Flag Day, BDU community has confirmed their commitments of intellectually contributing to the country’s ongoing effort of neck-to-neck struggle against long standing poverty. “Our flag links our past generation with the present one, and it embodies our deepest commitment to engage in the current momentous struggle of our country to create a promising tomorrow.” said BDU’s Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr Matebe Tafere. For a free nation like ours which was handed down, its flag is a lot more than just a symbol; The university, as it has been doing great job for the last 52 years, is instrumental in building noble national values on intellectual basis, said BDU’s Acting Vice President for Information and Strategic Communication, Mr. Moges Abraha. A paper dealing with the historical origin of flags, and, specifically, the significant evolution of Ethiopian national flag was presented by a young and enthusiastic historian, Mr. Daniel Meseret, on the event. Mr. Daniel has underlined on his presentation that flags deserve respect. Diverse issues have been discussed on the program, and it has also been indicated that the university will continue colorfully celebrating the Ethiopian National Flag Day through regularly renewing its promises.

Ethiopia is celebrating the Seventh National Flag Day on October 13, 2014 under the theme, “A nation flying its flag higher and reclaiming its honor in an unwavering struggle to defeat poverty”. Bahir Dar University will be marking the day, October 13, 2014, organizing a panel. An expertise-based presentation will be made on issues related to the Ethiopian national flag in connection to its history and its present circumstances. Enlightening intellectual discussion is anticipated. Inviting all the university community, the Office of the Vice President for Information & Strategic Communication has announced that the panel will be held in Auditorium, on Main Campus, and the program will commence at 8:00 pm.

Bahir Dar University’s chapter of the Ethiopian Economic Association (EEA) held its 6th national conference on the successes and challenges of the Amhara National Regional State’s economic policies and strategies in the previous fiscal year. Research papers dealing with the economic contributions and challenges of different economic sectors were presented, and critical policy ideas based on the socioeconomic and political realities of the region were forwarded. “The events undertaken by the BDU’s chapter of the Ethiopian Economic Association has a positive contribution in the economic development of both the region and the nation at large,” the President of the Amhara National Regional State, Mr Gedu Andargachew. Mr Gedu has also urged the association to continue conducting researches on the fundamental economic challenges of the region and to be part of the solution of the current Ethiopia’s endeavor of economic development. Bahir Dar University is committed to encourage and stand by the side of those intellectuals who form associations like the Ethiopian Economists Association to help the nation guided by the light of scientific principles, said BDU’s Vice president for Research and Community Services, Dr Tesfaye Shiferaw. Chief Executive Officer of the Ethiopian Economic Association, Dr Assefa Admassie said on the event that Ethiopian Economic Association, comprising members of solid intellectual background on economics, is presently engaged in research and intellectual discourse to be part of the solution of Ethiopia’s project of economic development. Based on the discussion made on the conference both on national and regional economic issues, the members of the association have laid plans and strategies of dealing with the fundamental challenges of the region’s economic development endeavor in the coming fiscal year. The association has been contributing in the formulation and implementation of the regional policies and strategic plans. It has also significantly contributed in boosting executive capacities of regional economic actors.

BDU’s Gender Office has offered training on teaching methodologies and measurement and evaluation to the newly employed female graduate assistants of 2014. Fifty one academically fit female graduates were recruited in 2014 as part of realizing the university’s goal of redressing gender imbalance among the academic staff. The training has primarily focused on building the confidence and pedagogical skills of the trainees to equip them the necessary skills of teaching in a higher institution. “The university is moving steps forward in realizing its vision of addressing the challenges the country has in gender imbalance.” BDU’s Director for Gender Office, Rediet Mesfin. Senior female instructors of the university have shared the rich experiences with the novice female assistant graduates

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