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India-EthioBDU:Indian ambassador to Ethiopia, Mr. Sanjay Verma, has recently visited Bahir Dar University.

Ethiopia and India have historical ground of bilateral relationships, said Mr. Sanjay.

India is one of the beneficiaries of huge socio-economic changes, Mr. Sanjay pointed out.

In a bilateral relationship with Ethiopia, India has been supporting Ethiopia in technology transfer, people-to-people relations and in offering graduate and postgraduate Indian scholarship to Ethiopian students, Mr. Sanjay said.

India aspires to strengthen its bilateral relation with Ethiopia in connection to Science, Technology, Textile, Engineering and Marine Technology Research.

Presently, 10,000 Indians trained in different disciplines work in Ethiopia, and 1000 of this teach in universities and colleges in the country.

Indicating that India has a rich experience in Space Science and Technology, and in translating knowledge into practice, BDU’s president, Dr. Baylie Damtie, has expressed that BDU will commit to working with India.

April 27BDU:The Department of History and Heritage Management has organized an event of commemorating 73rd anniversary of the victory great Ethiopian martyrs have achieved over the aggressive fascist power, Italy.

The Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Mr. Embiale Beyene, while officially opening the event, has indicated that there are two types of patriotism: traditional patriotism and modern patriotism.

Reflecting on the historic achievement of the generation of the period of the occupation, Mr. Embiale has stressed that this generation has to also fight its own battle of assuring democracy, human rights, good governance and development.

Papers focusing on the history of liberation struggle, the roles of British force during the struggle and the implication of the victory for the present generation, especially in connection to the current ensuing era of globalization have been presented. Lively discussions were made.

“We must learn from both good side and bad side of history, but through it all we must pick constructive lessons.” stressed Dr. Tigab Bezie, the chair on the panel.

“Extraordinary history has been done by patriotic Ethiopians, yet this generation has its own battle which does not require swords, but devolution, hard work and understanding to fight,” said BDU’s Director of Internal Relations and Communication, Mr. Gulilat Menbere.

Dr. Dagmawi Tesfaye,Dr.Fantahun Ayele and Asrat Araya presented papers on the occasion.

Instructors, students, management and other members of the university community have attended the program.

SustainableBDU:College of Science at Bahir Dar University has recently held second national conference on the contribution and challenges of science in sustainable development.

The conference aimed at sharing knowledge and experience among the nation’s leading scientists on how to better the life of the society in using natural resources through scientific means.

The second national conference is meant to focus on using natural resources in a way biodiversity is not affected.

It has been indicated on the conference that humanities existence depends on the safety of biodiversity, so taking care of biodiversity would guarantee the safety of human beings.

Preserving biodiversity through the application of scientific means will ensure sustainable development.

The Dean of Science, Dr. Essey Kebede, said on the conference that science could have some side effects which can pose different challenges and which on the other hand can be dealt with through scientific ways.

Professors from Ethiopia and United States have presented their research works. Sixty papers were presented. Students and teachers from secondary schools in Bahir Dar have also attended the conference.

BDU:The Department of Ethiopian Languages and Literature, Amharic, began its second national conference aimed at discussing the contemporary issues of Amharic language, education, literature and culture.

Representing the President of Bahir Dar University, Mr. Molla Ababu, BDU’s Vice President for Information and Strategic Communication, has indicated that researches on culture in relation to socio-economic development need to be prioritized to support our knowledge and understanding based on the basis of research findings.

Crediting the institutionalized efforts made on the development of Amharic, Mr. Molla has pledged that the university will support the intellectuals’ effort of addressing the challenges of Amharic language and creating policy ideas.

On the occasion, Professor Baye Yimam, a prominent Ethiopian linguist, has enlightened the audience on the historical evolution of the status of Amharic and its development toward the country’s lingua franca.

Amharic, according to Professor Baye, had constitutionally been enshrined, for the first time, as Ethiopia’s official language during the period of Emperor H/Selassie I.

Ethiopia began its journey of linguistic pluralism as fifteen different indigenous Ethiopian languages were used for literacy campaign during the socialist period, Professor Baye said.

Professor Baye has also pointed out that the current linguistic pluralism in Ethiopia has challenges that need to be swiftly addressed.

Papers have been presented and discussions were made.Second national conference on Amharic to commence

BDU:The University’s College of Science has begun its second annual science conference on science, sustainable development and global challenges.

The Dean of the faculty of science, Dr. Essey Kebede, while addressing the audience has indicated that the conference focuses on the philosophy and excellence of science in connection to sustainable development and global challenges.

The conference, according to Dr.Essey, is meant to address the contribution of science to development and its side-effects as well as recent developments in the field of science.

The Director General of Ethiopian Biodiversity Institute, Dr. Gemedo Dalle, addressed in his keynote speech that Biodiversity is essential in poverty reduction and sustainable development.

Maintaining Biosphere through scientific assessments of global, regional and local realities is crucial to sustainable development through enhancing scientific understanding, Dr.Gemedo said.

Dr.Gemedo stressed in his opening remark that providing high quality education in science and technology provides good opportunity in the global competition. Second annual science conference to be held

BDU:Ethiopian Institute of Textile and Fashion Technology (EiTEX) has commenced its third International Conference on “Cotton, Textile and Apparel Value Chain in Africa."

Honourable Mr. Taddesse Haile, State Minister for Ministry of Industry,FDRE stressed while official opening the conference that the textile and garments sector is enormously contributing to Ethiopia’s five years Plan of Growth and Transformation.

Ethiopia as an emerging nation, said Mr. Tadesse, prioritizes textile and garments in its endeavour of development. “The nation’s effort of realizing its vision of development will only be assured with the contribution of higher education”, Mr. Taddesse said.

“The university expects from this conference inputs on the current endeavor of transferring, developing and creating science and technology”, BDU’s President, Dr. Baylie Damtie, said while addressing the participants.

The Scientific Director of EiTEX Addissu Ferede(Assistant Professor) informed the participants that the conference focuses on ‘Quality of Productivity, Global Scouring, Domestic Export Marketing Practices, Role of SME, Technology Upgrading, New Technology Management and Related Issues in Textile, Garment and Leather Manufacturing.'

Among the attendees were Mr. Taddese Haile, State Minister of Industry of FDRE, Mr. Sileshi Lemma, Director General of Ethiopian Textile Industry Development Institute, Mrs. Nigist Hailu, Founder and Executive Director of Centre for African Women Economic Empowerment (CAWEE),and representatives of Amhara National Regional States. Institute to conduct international conference

BDU:The University has inaugurated a new facility built at Ba’ata for the Maritime Academy. The inauguration took place up on the presence of high-ranking government officials, university community and invited guests. On the event 71 Marine engineers and 107 Electro-technicians who had been trained for the last six months have been graduated. Minister of Ministry of Education, Shiferaw Shigute,has pointed out on the inauguration event that Maritime Academy is one of the institutions in Ethiopia that immensely contribute to the current endeavor of assuring human resource development in the country, guided by the principles of democratic developmental state. “Our government is channeling experiences, skills and knowledge on the creation of wealth”, Shiferaw underlined. Confirming that the field of engineering is the back bone in the national development program, Shiferaw has urged the graduates to represent their country as true ambassadors in carrying out their duties and responsibilities with great virtue, honesty and courage. So far, Shiferaw said, through employing more than 550 marine engineers in different international shipping companies, the academy has witnessed the possibility of graduating cadets who meet the global standards. The government of Ethiopia, according to Shiferaw, in its effort to realize the Growth and Transformation Plan, focuses on the field of engineering. And hence, a large number of citizens are graduating every year in engineering. These graduates, in addition to picking up jobs in government firms, are needed to be encouraged take part in entrepreneurships. The government of Ethiopia, he confirmed, encourages and supports endeavors of this type. Bahir Dar University sets a good example for other Ethiopian Higher Institutions in discharging this national responsibility of training skilled cadets with good skills and characters. The minister has also stressed that the good practices of the academy could be taken by other institutions. He has indicated that the academy is a living witness of the possibility of changing people in skills and character through hard work and commitment. He has also promised, on the behalf of the government of Ethiopia, that the government will continue its relentless assistance to the academy in its endeavor of employing 1000 marine engineers in international shipping companies in the coming three years. Thanking those who have brought the idea of launching Maritime Academy in Ethiopia, especially the late prime minister of Ethiopia Meles Zenawi, who believed that Ethiopia could also run a world-class maritime institution and demonstrated a courageous leadership in the brief history of the academy right from its inception, BDU’s president, Dr.Baylie Damtie, has stressed that Ethiopia is a nation where the possibility of training world-class marine engineers who meet the global standard and who could proudly serve in international shipping companies is demonstrated. This beautiful construction, Dr.Baylie said, on this magnificent place is the work of our own visionary leaders, engineers, architects and Construction Company. “This is a true example that there is nothing that we can’t do if we are united under a common purpose. Above all, this facility is not an end in itself, but it is a means to an end which is achieving that noble goal of assuring Ethiopia’s future leadership in the realm of maritime technology.” Dr.Baylie added. Dr.Baylie has also indicated that the trainees, being employed in international shipping companies, could transform their own lives and could hopefully establish their own companies and expand Ethiopia’s horizon of participation in international business. He urged the graduating cadets to serve with honest, responsibility and commitment since they represent their proud nation.

BDU:Gender Office at Bahir Dar University, in association with DKT Ethiopia-Bahir Dar University Chapter, has offered a life skills training to students with disabilities; the training was aimed at helping the disabled students make sound decisions in dealing with their day-to-day life challenges.

The Head of the President’s Office, Mr. Mihirete Walle said in his opening remarks that the training was given specifically to students with disabilities to help them build self confidence and meet their challenges with great courage.

Witnessing that disabled students experience tough challenges in higher institutions, BDU’s Director of Gender Office, Mrs. Rediet Mesfin made it clear that the purpose of the training was to equip these students with necessary life skills that help the deal with different challenges in the university. “Decision making requires understanding of both positive and negative sides of things in life.”

The training was also aimed at helping the students develop good decision making skills in the process of integrating themselves to the new environment and culture, and getting access to necessary materials that help them in the processes of learning.

It is a breathtaking experience to see young Ethiopian trainees of marine engineering getting into a queue every single morning of work days to lift that proud flag of our nation so that it could fly higher up in the sky heralding a new horizon Ethiopia is conquering in maritime technology. That marvelous disciplinary demonstrations they carry out seem to metaphorically represent an army of young generation ready to seize a brand new future.

 

Bahir Dar University Maritime Academy was officially launched on 17 October, 2011 based on a bilateral agreement between Ethiopian Shipping and Logistics Services Enterprises (ESLSE) and the YCF Group, under a close follow-up of the late Ethiopian Prime Minister, Meles Zenawi. The academy was established with a vision of training world-class marine engineers who could serve in the  international shipping companies. Beginning with graduating 44 cadets in first and second rounds, the academy has so far graduated more than 550 marine engineers including 41 Electro-technicians.

 

The academy has an incredible contribution in the ongoing economic development in Ethiopia. One of the most significant areas the academy is making  contribution  is on foreign currency remittance. The country is acquiring foreign currency through exporting skilled human resource of marine engineers that meet the international standards. The graduates are currently employed in various shipping companies of countries like USA, Germany, Israel, Greek, Djibouti, etc.

 

The country is also profiting a lot in relation to knowledge and technology transfer through acquiring experiences of other nations that have enormous skills on maritime technology. The experiences young Ethiopian marine engineers who are employed in different international shipping companies are grabbing will also be an incredible asset for the leadership the country will hopefully display in the area of maritime technology.

 

All cadets who took a test administered by International Maritime Organization (IMO) have successfully passed proving to the rest of the world that Ethiopia indeed has a capacity of training world class maritime engineers who could carry out great responsibilities with an extraordinary courage and discipline. Ethiopia could really handle such a great responsibility of running an institution which is of first in its kind in the history of the nation. The establishment of such an academy is very rare even in Africa, for it is only the second of its kind in the entire history of Africa.

 

Ethiopia is also lucky enough to pick up great lessons on some good educational practice of the academy. For instance, the astonishing disciplinary practices displayed by both the staff and the students of the academy can be taken as a good experience that could even be applied in different academic units of the university and the nation at large. The strong commitment and endurance the students of the academy demonstrate are so moving that they deserve to be extended to other fields of study within the university.

 

The founding principle of the academy which is a belief in teamwork with the spirit of learning from one another and cooperating with honest sense of competition has been inspirational, and it deserves to be emulated as a best practice. Rewarding and strengthening good performances and boldly confronting and punishing recklessness is one of the core values of the academy. These good practices are instrumental in transforming other academic units of the university if contextually adapted.

 

The most remarkable lesson to be drawn from the Academy is its practice of linking universities to industries. It is evident that universities need to be linked to industries in order to play their golden role of transforming a society. The Academy in this respect sets an excellent example. It is true that university-industry link is a matter urgent necessity that universities like ours are struggling to realize. The Academy in this regard has performed an extraordinary job of bridging the gap between the Ethiopian higher education and international maritime companies through practical promotion. And this good lesson can be picked up in order to realize this noble practice in Bahir Dar University and other Ethiopian higher institutions at large.

Currently, the academy is staffed by both expatriates and Ethiopian professionals in addition to other supportive staff. New buildings with high standard have been completed for the academy at the south western shore of Lake Tana, specifically named as Ba’ata whose inauguration is slated to be held on 20 March 2014. Moving the academy to the new facility in Ba’ata, further expansion activities of infrastructure are planned to be undertaken. It has also been planned to upgrade the capacity of the academy to graduating 1000-1500 marine engineers and Electro-technicians annually.

BDU’s delegation consisting Mr. Embiale Beyene, Executive Director for Academic Affairs, Mr. Gebretsadik Awgichew, Head of the Department of Political Science and International Studies and Mr. Wuhibegezer Ferede, Researcher at Blue Nile Water Institute and lecturer at the Department of Political Science and International Studies have met and discussed with International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) Rector, Professor Inge Hutter and Deputy Rector, Professor Wil Hout in Sweden.  

In their meeting they have discussed the possibility of supporting BDU PhD Programs in Social Sciences in general and Political Science and International Studies in particular. They have also discussed regarding joint research collaboration on issues like migration, conflict, water and climate change.

 

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