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BDU:The Ethiopian Quality Award Organization (EQA) has awarded BahirDar University for its excellence in the quality of its t-learning, research and community services.

During this Third Quality Award Ceremony which took place on Saturday, 24 May, 2014 at the Sheraton Addis Hotel, the University has been honored with excellence for its outstanding performance and received a trophy from the President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, his Excellency, Dr. Mulatu Teshome.

The university has been awarded the trophy for its excellence after passing a series of phases in the competition which involved the institutional self assessment based on the Self Assessment Manual sent from the Ethiopian Quality Award (EQA) organization, onsite visit and assessment of the university by the technical committee from the organization, EQA, and the final verdict by the 22 member jury from the organization, EQA.

In this competition for quality award, the core processes of Bahir Dar University- t-learning, research and community services as well as all support processes have been assessed with respect to several criteria which are classified into seven broad categories: Leadership, Process Management, Policy and Strategy, Resource Management, Customer Satisfaction/Focus, Organizational Performance and Impact on Society.

In this Third Ethiopian Quality Award competition, a total of 52 governmental and non-governmental institutions and/or organizations took part and 12 were honored with the prestigious excellence award and received trophies.

BDU:Ethiopian Quality Award Organization (EQAO) has announced that this year’s, 2013/2014, quality award goes to Bahir Dar University for great performance in t-learning,research and community services.

Expressing his utmost pleasure, the Board Chairperson of EQAO and the President of Addis Ababa University, Dr. Admasu Tsegaye, has communicated Bahir Dar University that the award ceremony will be held on May 25, 2014 at Sheraton Addis Hotel.

Guided by Wisdom Vision 2025-a vision of becoming one of the top ten premier research universities in Africa, Bahir Dar University is currently undergoing a significant progress in teaching-learning, research, community services and technology transfer.

BDU:College of Business and Economics at Bahir Dar University has offered training on good governance and customers’ service satisfaction to a set of government employees drawn from different offices of Bahir Dar town.

BDU:The University’s Office of HIV/AIDS Prevention, Control and Coordination Directorate Director provided a capacity building training to the staff living with HIV.

“The objective of the training was to orient the targets take necessary care of their health and develop their understanding on reproductive health” the Director of HIV/AIDS Protection, Control and Coordination Directorate Office, Mrs. Marta Asmare.

Participants were drawn from different campuses of the university.

BDU: College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences has recently offered a training of trainees (ToT) on rural technology innovation and development to third year students.

The training was intended to help the trainees train their fellow students on how to apply their scientific knowledge in a way that could help them increase farmers’ productivity.

In order to solve farmers’ problems, the students were trained on how to link farmers’ experiential knowledge to scientific knowledge to help the farmers the best.

BDU:Ethiopian Quality Award Organization (EQAO) has announced that this year’s, 2013/2014, quality award goes to Bahir Dar University for great performance of the academic year.

Expressing his utmost pleasure, the Board Chairperson of EQAO and the President of Addis Ababa University, Dr. Admasu Tsegaye, has communicated Bahir Dar University that the award ceremony will be held on May 25, 2014 at Sheraton Addis Hotel.

Guided by Wisdom Vision 2025-a vision of becoming one of the top ten premier research universities in Africa, Bahir Dar University is currently undergoing a significant progress in teaching-learning, research, community services and technology transfer.

BDU:Science and technology have undoubtedly transformed the world in an unprecedented level. Guided by the light of innovation, humanity has witnessed the current age of science and technology.

This fact seems to have been recognized by Bahir Dar Institute of Technology (BiT) which has recently held its second international conference on the advancements of science and technology.

Different scholars and high-ranking government officials have participated in the conference; scientific papers were presented and plenary sessions were made. Various issues pertaining to the underlying theme have been discussed.

Based on the research conducted in connection to mobile users who have installed android applications, age and physical character specific exercises have been recommended.

Critical issues on adopting security solutions to mobile government (m-government) using cost-effective infrastructure have been dealt with.

It has been indicated that considering the new technique of fuzzy logic controller as an extension to the existing control method, not as their replacement, provides an extra set of tools which the control engineer has to learn how to use where it makes sense.

The Nile hydro-politics within the context of northeastern African geopolitics has been discussed.

Issues ranging from landscape intervention in the humid Ethiopian highlands, pollution in agricultural water shade and gully development processes in Ethiopian highland were entertained.

Solid emission on Lake Tana, biophysical and financial impacts of community-based gully rehabilitation, low flow assessment in the upper Blue Nile basin, estimation of ground water recharge in arid and semi-arid areas as well as soil and water conservation were among the major points discussed during the conference.

Health related issues in Ethiopian garment industry, Ethiopian airlines’ domestic flight sales forecasting, improving productivity in manufacturing companies and optimization of butterfly vale disc were also discussed.

Development and evaluation of low cost evaporation coolers, dimensioning and planning LTE radio networks, improved classification of algorithm for large dataset, measurement in optical fiber communications, large scale storage and future power grid and solar powered mobile medical clinics were dealt with.

BDU:Bahir Dar Institute of Technology (BIT) has begun its 2nd international conference on the advancement of science and technology.

The President of Bahir Bar University, Dr. Baylie Damtie, addressing the participants, remarked that an effort is being made in developing the university in research, science and technology.

Generating wealth through the instrumentality of science and technology and graduating entrepreneurs who could set up grand business companies and create employment opportunities for our young graduates are our priorities, Dr. Baylie said.

Honourable Wondwossen Kiflu, State Minister of the Ministry of Education, making opening remarks, has underlined that the roles of higher institutions like Bahir Dar University is supplying inputs of science and technology in the nation’s development endeavors.

Technology capacity development in relation to domains like marketing and human resources is decisive and choosing and focusing on an area to leapfrog is a necessary lesson to be acquired form countries like Korea, Mr. Wondwossen said.

The Director of Ethiopian Roads Authorities, Mr. Bekele Nigussie, in his key note speech, stressed that Ethiopia is showing a relatively remarkable progress in the realm of road construction though it still has the lowest road density in the world.

Mr. Bekele urged professionals to excel in their specific fields of specialization in order to meaningfully and innovatively contribute to the development projects Ethiopia is currently undergoing. “Disorder the existing orders to make a better order”, Mr. Bekele, remarked.

Tomorrow, Saturday, May 17, 2014, presentations and plenary speeches will be made in two parallel sessions, and hence lively discussions are anticipated.

BDU:The Faculty of Humanities has recently held its first national conference, and research papers from the disciplines of linguistics language teaching, literature, culture and communications were presented by researchers from different universities of the country.

Among the papers was the one on language endangerment in Ethiopia which addressed the magnitude of language endangerment in Ethiopia.

The paper attempted to classify Ethiopian languages on endangerment scales based on data obtained from Ethiopian national census of 1994 and 2007.

The researcher has generally categorized Ethiopian languages into: very stable, stable, instable, endangered, seriously endangered, moribund and extinct, and recommend language documentation and revitalization for the languages at risk.

Research on challenges and opportunities of facebook in Ethiopia indicated that facebook is the most preferable media in the country. It is used for entertainment, socializations and emotional release functions, but not for information, education and business purposes.

A literary work on a poem, showing all the major qualities of heroic epic, in a Menzuma- religious song by Ethiopian Muslims, has confirmed that Ethiopia had a long heroic literary tradition.

Research on per-led learning on English language and literature students at Bahir Dar University has indicated that though students favored peer-led organization in learning writing, they practically prioritized teacher guided learning perhaps due to the challenges of the practical implementation of the peer-led system. Strict follow up by the institution has been recommended.

Translation had positive and negative impacts in Ethiopian literature. Right from the beginning of the use of Ethiopic script during the 4th century, translation has played a foundational role in Ethiopian literature.

Translation works, especially in Christian literature, have influenced Ethiopian literature in style and content. Translation has also played a key role in introduced Ethiopians to classical literary works.

Research on literary commitment-stressing on the social relevance of literature, on Amharic short stories: ‘kinfam hilmoch’ and ‘enatnesh’, has shown that the authors of these short stories have successfully carried out their duties as writers by addressing contemporary problems of the country such as migration, population explosion and rape.

Other issues related to folk literature, teachers professional development practices, language policy, and implementations of group work were presented and vigorous discussions were made.

Awarding the presenters with certificates, BDU’s Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Firew Tegegne made the following remark:

“Academic discourses never stop. Every time a conference like this one ends, it must be in a manner that a theme, venue and time are set for the next one so that the scholars may start contemplating what their next topics would be.”

Scientific dialogues among scholars are neither one time rituals nor bound to conference occasions only. Discourses are the true characters of academicians regardless of place and time.

Discussions need to be made, theme after theme, to contribute positively in shaping citizens and creating great thinkers and future leaders of the country that could play crucial roles in shaping the nation’s destiny.

BDU: The Department of Ethiopian Languages and Literature at Bahir Dar University commits to teaching and developing the Ethiopian languages.

Among the efforts of the department to realize this noble mission is organizing national conferences in which Ethiopian intellectuals in the field of education, linguistics, literature, folklore and media undertake crucial dialogue.

Scholars in these fields of study put their heads together to address the contemporary challenges on Ethiopian languages and literature to recommend policy ideas to policy formulators and to the government at large.

This year’s conference, held on May 5 &6,2014, has the objective of addressing diverse issues pertaining to language, literature, culture and communications in a way that intellectuals in the area could directly address the challenges the country is facing. Major research findings and recommendations were communicated to the audience on the conference.

Amharic, the current federal official language of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia (FDRE), has historically been Ethiopia’s national lingua franca i.e. the language of wider communication. However, given its current status in the life of Ethiopian’s, this language does not seem to be intellectualized to be used for the purpose of science and technology.

Amharic, according to some scholars on the conference, is being misused even in education system. Linguistic code-switching and terminological and structural hybridizations are common challenges observed in the modern day Amharic language.

There are some challenges, in the teaching of Amharic language in primary schools that deserve to be addressed by policy makers on the basis of research findings. In relation to mechanisms of giving feedback while offering advanced writing skills in Amharic, challenges are observed in some universities.

Research papers presented on the conference recommend the improvement of Amharic language delivery methodology both in primary and secondary schools of the country. Trainings on capacity building must be provided to teacher in those levels.

Various papers on the education and preservation different folk traditions in Ethiopia were presented on the conference. Oral traditions, language use and societal philosophy on the concept of love were addressed.

Contemporary changes on the use of Amharic language in relation to sound, affix word, syntax and meaning due to both internal and external pressure are spreading from the elites and residents of towns to socio-economically and geographical marginal areas.

Issues related to the linguistic, conceptual and communicative challenges of terminology in Amharic language basically results from the lack of knowledge of linguistics and skills of translation. There is no conceptual compatibility and correspondence in Amharic terminologies obtained through translation.

Discussion has been made on the establishment of Amharic term bank to facilitate the use of Amharic in science and technology in the process of clear, swift, accurate and trustworthy developmental communication.

A continues capacity building training on the use of Amharic language and Amharic literature to journalists in mass media, both regional and national, has been recommended.

Conferences like this one are very crucial in creating an intellectual discourse platform among Ethiopian to discuss contemporary issues pertaining to the use of Ethiopian languages and literature.