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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.


BDU’s Ethiopian Maritime Academy has graduated 58 world class officers in charge of an Engineering Watch in a ceremony held at Peda Campus. 

The cadets are accomplished graduates of mechanical engineering degree program from universities around the country. While studying at the academy, they have completed a rigorous course of study for 8 months that has required them to think and operate as world class marine mechanical engineering officers. 

The Graduation is celebrated in the presence of BDU’s Vice President for Administration Affairs, Dr. Birhanu Assaye and the commandant of  the Ethiopian Maritime Academy, Capitan Siddharth Agnihotri.


BDU exhibited some of Software projects that were designed and developed by its staff. BDU's booth attracted large number of visitors. It was visited by notable government officials, private company representatives and other guests who by chance landed to site where BDU was exhibiting its ICT outputs. The exhibition availed the opportunity for BDU to demonstrate its competence and to network with other institutions and individuals. The exhibition was facilitated and monitored by External Relations and Partnership Directorate, BDU.

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የባሕር ዳር ከተማን አመሰራረትና የነዋሪዎቿን ታሪክ የሚዘክርና የዩኒቨርሲቲያችን ባልደረባ በነበሩት በአቶ ያረጋል ገረመው የተፃፈ መጽሐፍ ተመረቀ፡፡

በምረቃ ስነ-ስርዓቱ ላይ የባሕር ዳር ዩኒቨርሲቲ የኢንፎርሜሽንና ስትራቴጂክ ኮሙኒኬሽን ምክትል ፕሬዚዳንት ዶ/ር ፍቅረሰላም ጋረድ ለስነሥርዓቱ የመክፈቻ ንግግር ባደረጉበት ወቅት እንዳሉት የባሕር ዳር ከተማን ታሪክ እንዲህ በተደራጀ ሁኔታ ጽፎ ለአንቢያን ማድረስ ከፍተኛ ፋይዳ ያለው ስራ መሆኑን ገልጸዋል፡፡

በአቶ ያረጋል የተበረከተው ‹አቦካቦት› የተሰኘ መጽሐፍ የከተማዋን የቀደመ ታሪክ በጥልቀት የሚያትትና የባሕር ዳር ከተማንና የነዋሪዎችን ታሪክ ለትውልድ የማስተላለፊያ መንገድ እንደሚሆን እንዲሁም ለታሪክ ተመራማሪዎች በማጣቀሻነት እንደሚያግዝ አበክረው ተናግረዋል፡፡

ዶ/ር ፍቅረሰላም በተጨማሪም ለወደፊት በዚህ ስራ እንደማያቆሙና ከዚህ በበለጠ የባሕር ዳር ከተማን እና የነዋሪዎችን ታሪክ በሌላ መጽሐፍ ይዘው እንደሚመጡ ያላቸውን እምነት አስተላልፈዋል፡፡

መጽሐፉ የባሕር ዳር ከተማ ከዛሬ አንድ መቶ አመት በፊት አንድ በጣም ትንሽ መንደር ሆና ጥቂት በግብርና ሥራ ላይ የተሰማሩ ሰዎች ይኖሩባት የነበረች ትንሽ መንደር ከነበረችበት አንስቶ አሁን እስከደረሰችበት ደረጃ በርካታ ውጣ ውረዶችን እንዳሳለፈች ያስነብበናል፡፡

ባሕር ዳር ታሪኳን በጽሑፍ የሚያሰፍሩ የውጭ አገር ዜጎች እና የሀገር ውስጥ የታሪክ ምሁራን ከከተሙባት ጊዜ ጀምሮ የክልል ርዕሰ ከተማ እስከሆነችበት ጊዜ ድረስ በርካታ የአመራር አካላት በታሪክ ቅብብሎሽና የሥራ ተነሳሽነት እንዳስተዳደሯት ያነሳል፡፡

የባሕር ዳር ዩኒቨርሲቲ የእንግሊዝኛ ቋንቋ መምህርና ተመራማሪ እንዲሁም በአማራ ክልል የሚገኙ ዩኒቨርሲቲዎች ፎረም ዋና ፀሀፊ የሆኑት ፕሮፌሰር አብይ ይግዛው ስለ መጽሐፉ አጠቃላይ አስተየት ሰጥተዋል፡፡

ፕሮፌሰር አብይ በገለጻቸው ‹አቦካቦት› በቋንቋ አጠቃቀምና በአጠቃላይ በጽሑፉ ይዘት የተዋጣለት ስራ ከመሆኑም በላይ ስለ ባሕር ዳር ታሪክ ምሉዕ የሆነ ጽሑፍ ይዞ የቀረበ የመጀመሪው ጽሑፍ እንደሆነ ጠቁመዋል፡፡

የመጽሐፉ ደራሲ በየዘመኑ የነበሩት ነዋሪዎቿን ከፍተኛ ጥረት አድርገው አሁን ለደረሰችበት ደረጃ ስላደረሷት ታሪክ የማይዘነጋቸው ጥሩ ተምሳሌትና ፈርጦች ሲሉ አሞካሽተዋል፡፡

ረዥሙና ጠመዝማዛው የዓባይ ወንዝ፣ በሩቅ ተንጣሎ ሲያዩት ቀልብን የሚማርከው የጣና ሐይቅ እና የቀደመውን ዘመን ታሪክ በውስጣቸው የያዙት የጣና ገዳማት ለጎብኝዎች ምቹ ሁኔታን የሚፈጥሩ መስህቤች መሆናቸውን አቶ ያረጋል በመጽሐፋቸው አሳይተዋል፡፡

መጽሐፉን የባሕር ዳር ከተማ ከንቲባ ጽ/ቤት ተወካይና የትምህርት መምሪያ ኃላፊ አቶ ሙሉቀን አየሁ እና የባሕር ዳር ዩኒቨርሲቲ የኢንፎርሜሽንና ስትራቴጂክ ኮሙኒኬሽን ም/ፕሬዚዳንት ዶ/ር ፍቅረሰላም ጋረድ በጋራ መርቀውታል፡

BDU’s application for membership to the International Association of Universities (IAU) has been accepted.

On a confirmation statement sent to the university, BDU, as an institution, has met all the criteria for admission as set by the IAU Administrative Board.

BDU, by being a member of IAU, will become entitled to all membership benefits. Among these are, full online access to the IAU’s database on higher education systems, administration, planning, policy, and evaluation.

The membership will also allow BDU to announce special programs, courses or events of interest to the broader higher education community all over the world by posting on the association’s website.

Congratulations to all BDU staff!

USAID administrators from The Ethiopia Mission and the Washington-based Bureau for Food Security and the ILSSI External Advisory Committee have visited research sites on 17-19 May 2017 in farmer’s fields (Robit-Bata Kebele, Bahir-Dar Zuria Woreda and Dangishta Kebele, Dangila Woreda) where Innovation Lab for Small Scale Irrigation (ILSSI ) and related Sustainably Intensified Production Systems Impact on Nutrition (SIPSIN) projects are being led by Faculty of Civil and Water Resource Engineering. The objective was to see firsthand the field research that has been underway since 2014 and to interact with staff, students, and farmers engaged in this research.
ILSSI partners include Texas Agricultural and Mechanical University, the International Water Management Institute, the International Livestock Research Institute and the International Food Policy Research Institute
It was agreed that ILSSI continues to evolve in a very impressive way. With its current engagements at field level, the advisory committee sees clear evidence that the project is moving towards its goal of affecting the livelihoods of people through the successful generation and adoption of small scale irrigation product and know-how.
The advisory committee was also impressed with the involvement of students in conducting field research while using the data for graduate thesis.
The participants were USAID mission from USA embassy in Addis Ababa; USAID from USA DC office; IWMI; ILSSI Advisory Committee; faculties from Texas Agricultural and Mechanical University; ILRI.