Bahir Dar University was inaugurated in 2000 from two sister institutions: Polytechnic Institute founded in 1962, and Bahir Dar Teachers’ College launched in 1972. Polytechnic Institute was set about under the auspices of the then Soviet Union; while Bahir Dar Teachers’ College, which was the outgrowth of the Academy of Pedagogy, was affiliated with Addis Ababa University. It was in 1972 that the Bahir Dar Academy of Pedagogy established by the tripartite agreement of the Imperial Government, UNESCO and UNDP and started training in the following years under the auspices of the Ministry of Education and Fine Arts. Its outstanding objective was to train teachers, educational supervisors and community development workers.
Later in 1978, the Academy of Pedagogy was under the leadership of Addis Ababa University and it was renamed as Bahir Dar Teachers’ College. It focused on offering pedagogical science as a major area of study. Its objective was to train teachers capable of working in teacher training institutes and secondary schools.
In 1996, Bahir Dar Teachers’ College run under the leadership of the Ministry of Education till Bahir Dar University has inaugurated in 2000. Since its inauguration, Bahir Dar University has immensely expanded; and, thus, currently it has grown in the number of academic units, academic and administrative staffs as well as students. Accordingly, the number of academic staff has grown from less than 100 during its inauguration to 1348; and the administrative staff from about 200 to 2864 now. The number of students has also grown from about 1500 to 42,307 in all programs. Besides, it has expanded in the number of academic units and the number of campuses: it has now 6 campuses functioning, and three more are under construction.
BDU is located in Bahir Dar, the Capital of the Amhara Nation Regional State in North-Western Ethiopia. BDU, as a higher education institution, has been training in different fields in response to the diverse human resource needs of the country. It is rigorously functioning to satisfy quantitatively as well as to produce qualitatively high calibre professionals. Multifarious measures have been taken; and lots of efforts have been exerted for the realization of these interests. Bahir Dar University, as a higher education institution, has been training in different fields in response to the diverse human resource needs of the country. It is rigorously functioning to produce high calibre professionals. Multifarious measures have been taken; and lots of efforts have been exerted for the realization of these interests. The University, thus, has launched undergraduate and postgraduate programmes that are subsumed under four colleges, three faculties, a school, three institutes and two academies; namely, College of Agriculture and Environmental Science, College of Medical and Health Sciences, College of Business and Economics, College of Science; Faculty of Humanities, Faculty of Education and Behavioural Sciences, Faculty of Social Science, School of Law; Institute of Land Administration, Institute of Technology, Institute of Technology for Textile, Garment and Fashion Design, Sports Academy, and Maritime Academy.
The key to maintain quality and produce adept and adroit professionals in any university lies not only in teaching excellence but also in research because research is in a powerhouse of knowledge creation and proper appreciation of knowledge. It is held as a truism in education that teaching and research complement each other. It is assumed that research activities in educational institutions enhance and enrich the teaching-learning process thereby contributing to the improvement of quality of education. Seen from these angles, Bahir Dar University has been organizing an Annual research conference called ‘May Educational Conference’. Parallel to teaching and training, Bahir Dar University has maintained the culture of conducting various researches and disseminating the results to the public for the last 30 years with the name ‘May Educational Seminar’ and latter the naming changed into ‘May Educational Conference’ in 2007.
Nexus between teaching and research to lead to development has been obvious agenda set by the Federal Government of Ethiopia in its Education and Training Policy. The Education and Training Policy of the country has also mentioned the importance of research and related competencies such as problem solving, creative thinking and all rounded personality of the citizen.
To make education, training, and research be appropriately integrated with development overall schooling in general and higher learning in particular should gear their training towards research and development. Particularly considering the emphasis given to orient education towards problem solving establishing institute of pedagogical and educational research in Bahir Dar University may appear to be quite useful and timely. This indeed is a welcome addition to the effort that is being made to promote educational research in Ethiopia.
Bahir Dar University has also ambitiously targeted to become one of the 10 best research universities in Africa by the year 2025. Thus in light of such new expectation, there seems to be a sound justification to establish Institute of Pedagogical and Educational Research. Accordingly, the Institute of Pedagogical and Educational Research (IPER) is one of the research institutes of Bahir Dar University established in 2009. IPER is aimed at enhancing the status and quality of education, learning and assessment at institutional and national levels.
Since its establishment in 2009, research and teaching have been recognized as twin functions of the IPER. Presently, the IPER has appeared to attract the attention of UNESCO and it is acknowledged as a member of East Africa Research Center. To enhance the quality of teaching and research, the IPER endeavours to work collaboratively with NGOs, Ministry of Education, Regional Education Bureaus and universities in Ethiopia and abroad has been found indispensable.
In the coming two decades IPER aspires to be a source of pride for all Ethiopians and the horn of Africa in educational and pedagogical research.
The mission of the IPER is to:
- Serve as a valuable resource of educational research outputs for educational institutions,
- Conduct research that will enhance the quality of education, pedagogy and training for youth and persons with special needs,
- Generate new knowledge by engaging in cutting-edge research such as environment, health, women education, and poverty alleviation,
- Promote academic growth by offering state-of-the-art (Pedagogy) of undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral programs,
- Continue the development of teachers who promote students' critical thinking and learning, and
- Develop institutional competence to participate actively and productively in community development.
In fulfilling its Vision and achieving its Mission, IPER will uphold, promote and be guided by the following core values.
- Respect and tolerance,
- Recognition of merit,
- Institutional reputability,
- Quality and speedy service delivery,
- Collegial and nurturing environment,
- Intellectual excellence and creativity,
- Academic integrity and accountability,
- National relevance and of global concern,
- 3nterdisciplinary and collaborative research, and
- Spirit of exploration, rationality and enterprise.
Message from Director of the PERC
Bahir Dar University is relatively one of the oldest universities in Ethiopia inaugurated in 2000 from two sister institutions: Polytechnic Institute founded in 1962, and Bahir Dar Teachers’ College launched in 1972.The University has various commitments in teaching, community service and research which are the pillars of its mission. Parallel to teaching and training, Bahir Dar University has maintained the culture of conducting various researches and disseminating the results to the public for the last 30 years. It has ambitiously targeted to become one of the 10 best research universities in Africa by the year 2025. In order to bring to fruition of producing demands of Ethiopia and the realization of our institutional mission , establishing a research centre to collaboratively work with NGOs, Private Sectors, Ministry of Education, UNESCO, Regional Education Bureaus, Regional Governments and Universities in Ethiopia and abroad has been found indispensable. Accordingly, the Pedagogical and Educational Research Centre (PERC) is one of the research centres of Bahir Dar University established in 2009. Since its establishment in 2009, research and teaching have been recognized as the functions of the PERC.
Presently, PERC has appeared to attract the attention of UNESCO and it is acknowledged as East Africa Research Center. PERCwelcomes any institution that wants to work with us for mutual benefits in teaching, research, quality education and educational/ psychological intervention programs which are the pillars of its mission. PERC views this collaboration as a step forward in this global sharing of knowledge and experiences and it hopes that this will continue to be an ongoing and fruitful process that will ultimately benefit to those who believe in our collaboration and commitment most.
The Vice President for Research and Community Service (RCS) and the Director for PERC at BDU kindly request you to collaboratively work with us for mutual benefits. The best piece of advice we can offer is to believe in our collaboration and do not give up. Let our 30 years research experience work for you!
Congratulations on your decision to collaboratively work with us! Our journey has just begun.
Best of luck!
Reda Darge Negasi
Director of the PERC