US Provosts visit BDU
BDU:Delegates representing seven universities from United States of America led by ex-ambassador-turned- academician Tibor Nagy recently visited Bahir Dar University(BDU) on an academic collaboration tour to Ethiopia.
While welcoming the delegates in his office, the BDU President Dr.Baylie Damtie accompanied by the University’s Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr.Firew Tegegne, and the University’s Vice President for Information and Strategic Communication, Molla Ababu,BDU’s Vice President for Business and Development Dr.Eyayu Molla and the University’s Vice President for Research and Community Services Dr.Tesfaye Shiferaw briefed the entourage on the evolution and growth of the University, its success story in providing design and consultancy support towards realizing Nigat Boat ( low budget boat) at Bahir Dar, its current performance in launching new programs at undergraduate and postgraduate level, and the on-going research projects at Bahir Dar University to create, preserve and disseminate knowledge.
They also informed them about the major research thematic areas of the university (Energy, water, Textile, Biotechnology and ICT and Pedagogy) and establishment of research centers to make effective the chosen areas of research which in the near future would help BDU to become one of the top ten research universities of Africa by 2025.
‘’The future collaboration would be made on win-win basis to maximize mutual benefits,’’said Dr.Baylie.
Ex-Ambassador to Ethiopia Tibor promised to take the outcome of the discussion to a new level so as to foster academic cooperation between the Universities he represented and Bahir Dar University.
Ex-ambassador-turned-provost Tibor remarked that the future collaboration would help to pool resources with the view to boosting the performance of universities by emulating best practices and applying the knowledge and skills gained in the process to enhance the provision of imparting quality education and research.
The team of delegates from US expressed their interest in establishing academic partnership in Education and Pedagogy, Agriculture, Textile, Water, Nutrition, Social science and humanities.
In describing their contentment over the fruitful discussion they had with their Ethiopian counterparts, the delegates asserted that the inspiration and enthusiasm of staff was infectious.