BDU’s President Dr. Baylie Damtie has received “AFRICA VICE CHANCELLOR/PRESIDENT/ OF THE YEAR-2017” award from All Africa Students Union (AASU) during the 6th edition of the Union’s summit at the Cape Coast, Ghana from August 18-25, 2017. 

The award is given in recognition of Dr. Baylie’s important role in promoting quality higher education in Ethiopia as well as for his immense support for students’ role in governance. The award has also take cognizant of Dr. Baylie’s quest for exceptional excellence and continual improvement within the higher education space in the continent.
All Africa Students Union is a Pan African Students organization formed to galvanize the young people particularly students into all the efforts geared towards the development of the African continent. It was established in 1972 and now has presence in all 55 countries, and has played among other, an important role in the struggle against colonialism and apartheid in Africa.  The union has been honoring personalities and institutions that have distinguished themselves in their areas of endeavor to uplift Africa from its current predicaments.