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Institute of Economic Research (IER) at BDU is going to hold a workshop on urban poverty on November 29, 2014 on the present economic circumstances of the ANRS. The workshop, based on the research conducted by the institute, will be focusing on the analysis of the situations of poverty in the regional towns, and discuss different policy ideas with relevant stakeholders.

Multidimensional issues related to the economic realities of the ANRS will be dealt with and critical policy ideas are expected to be suggested to the regional government, said the Director of Institute of Economic Research Dr. Thedros Bakaffa.

The presence of top regional government officials, including the President of ANRS, Mr. Gedu Andargachew, researchers of the Institute of Economic Research (IER) and other pertinent stakeholders will give enormous boost to the workshop.

Bahir Dar University in collaboration with USAID and CIAFS project conducted a symposium on how climate change negatively affects agricultural productivity and sustainable food security in Ethiopia. The symposium took place on 15th and 16th of November, 2014.

BDU’s Vice President for Research and Community Services Dr Tesfaye Shiferaw, welcoming the participants on the occasion, said that the objective of the symposium is directly or indirectly related to the three pillars of the university. The dialogue is instrumental to practically mitigate the challenges of climate change.

The symposium has the objective of assuring food security through creating an agricultural society that can stand the challenges of climate change. Good practices among the farmers that are related to adapting to climate change will be considered in the curriculum, and will be made accessible to policy makers.

Climate change has a huge negative impact on farmers in Ethiopia, said CIAF Project Director, Dr Teshome Lemma. “Building lasting green economy requires skilled human resource on environmental science is required.” Dr Teshome. Discussion was made on launching postgraduate program in natural recourse management.

US Ambassador to Ethiopia, Mrs  Patricia Haslach, paid an official visit to BDU'S Maritime Academy on 18th November, 2014.Bahir University and YCF Group are sharing the vision of creating jobs and bright future for young people in Ethiopia, said the General Manager of the Maritime Academy, Mr. Jordan Buchler.

These young people acquire experiences, valuable knowledge and new ideas and return to Ethiopia and build new industries, added Mr. Jordan Buchler.

“If we steer this course, Ethiopia will position itself internationally as reliant, proficient and high quality human resource for the international maritime industry.” Mr. Jordan Buchler. 

The President of Bahir Dar University, Dr Baylie Damtie, said on the event that Ethiopia is blessed with rich a natural resource among which human resources is the one. 

Maritime is an exemplary academy in job creation to young people in the country; we will strengthen the academy and keep moving forward to seize new opportunities, Dr Baylie.

US ambassador to Ethiopia, Mrs. Patricia Haslach, said that Ethiopia and USA have a century old diplomatic relationship that has grown to the present strong diplomatic partnership between the two countries.

Ethiopia as one of the fastest growing economies in the world and in the words of President Obama ‘one of the bright spots of Africa’, is strong trade, peacekeeping and conflict resolution partner of the USA, Mrs. Patricia stressed. 

Today the three pillars of the bilateral relationship between the two countries includes: economic growth and development, democracy, governance, human rights and regional peace and security. The two countries are in good partnership in relation to trade, people-to-people ties are flourishing, Mrs. Patricia.

The Academy which is run by the support of US Company, YCF group, is a mark of the sound relationship between the two countries, Mrs. Patricia.

American embassy staff and distinguished guests, Academy staff and cadets and BDU management and staff have attended the function.


A workshop on strengthening links between policy and research for sustainable development in the Lake Tana basin prepared by Blue Nile Water Institute BDU’s took place on November 18, 2014, on the presence of American Ambassador. 

The workshop was conducted with the objective of linking between decision-making and research leading to the realization of sustainabledevelopment.

The Lake Tana basin which is dynamic is experiencing a significant population, economic, ecosystem and social changes as well as other issues like urbanization, intensification of rural land use, environmental degradation and climate change deserve critical attention.

The workshop was also intended to help participants identify specific policy-relevant research direction and to promote a continuous dialogue between researchers and policy makers.

Using structured system thinking process, participants were made to identify major problematic development trends, related policy questions and research needs; then develop system maps from discussions about what causes those problematic trends.

While addressing the participants of the workshop, the Ambassador of USA to Ethiopia, Mrs. Patricia Haslach, expressed that USG is pleased to work with Bahir Dar University in this area of the link between decision-makers and researchers.

Mrs. Patricia Haslach said that one area of that USG extends its support to development endeavor in Ethiopia is through assisting through such exchanges as the Fulbright program which brings US scholars to Ethiopia.

Thirty five policy experts and scientists were engaged in the discussion. Researchers from Bahir Dar University and Addis Ababa University, in the areas of social, economic and ecological aspects of Lake Tana, and representative of regional environment and development bureaus have participated in the workshop

Bahir Dar University has participated in the 8th Forum of the Public Universities found in the Amhara Region at Woldia University.

The objective of the forum was to exchange the good performances accomplished in the preceding academic year by member universities, and to identify and forward relevant solutions to the challenges experienced by those universities. 

The forum also aimed at scaling up good models, exchanging experiences in t-Learning, Research, Community Services, Good Governance, and applying those good experiences in the future.

The forum has generally focused on dealing with the regional and national problems, and creating a platform for member universities to engage in resolving these problems and bettering the life of our citizens.

The forum has so far been launched an interdisciplinary journal, and is working in partnership with other organizations by identifying necessary themes in areas of agriculture, health and education.

The representatives of the health and education bureaus of the Amhara National Regional State, presenting papers on the event, have outlined possible areas of collaboration with members of the forum.

The President of the host university, Woldia University, Professor Yalew Endawek, said on the event that since the inception of the forum, some contributions are made in scientific and technological developments. “We must work towards breaking the spirit of impossibility in this country!” Professor Yalew underlined.

Indicating that successful things have so far been done in areas of secularism, Professor Yalew assured the audience that Woldia University will continue to determinedly contribute in this forum.

On the event, representatives of the seven member universities have made their reports of the final year accomplishments of 2006 E.C. 

Specific discussions on the preparation for the academic year of 2007 were made particularly focusing on peaceful teaching and learning and the fulfillment of necessary inputs for the success of the academic performance.

It has also been indicated that trainings offered to instructors, students, and administrative staff at the beginning of the present year were rated successful in all the member universities of the forum.

Public Relations, Participation and Organization Advisor to Amhara National Regional State President under a Vice President Portfolio and, Administration Board Chairperson of Bahir Dar University, Mr. Alemnew Mekonnen, indicated on the event that the major problems observed among the staff of those member universities, these days, are primarily related to lack of high level thinking, understanding and lack of knowledge and skills.

In order to tackle these fundamental challenges, an intellectual forum of this kind is instrumental in shaping the staff of the respective member universities through experience sharing; Mr. Alemnew said.

The regional government, according to Mr. Alemnew, expects from these universities to accomplish their roles successfully and to contribute their parts to the current process of the transformation of the country. 

And he vowed, on behalf of the Amhara national Regional State, that the regional government will always be by the side of the universities.

In discussing the future direction of the forum, Mr Alemnew has stressed that the supportive staff of the member universities need to be given a continuous training on ethics of service and accountability.

In connection to the challenges observed in relation to good governance among the students, Mr. Alemnew called for displaying good leadership. “The member universities ought to focus on community oriented and practical and problem-solving research”, Mr Alemnew.

On the forum, member universities have reached an agreement to build a skilled generation of human resource that actively and efficiently engage in the present process of national transformation.

This noble goal can be achieved through building an army of scientifically and technologically equipped young generation and member universities staff. In connection to students, Peer –led learning will be strengthened in all member universities to build a sense of cooperation and collaboration among the students and staff, said the President of Bahir Dar University and the chairman of the forum Dr.Baylie Damtie. 

According to Dr.Baylie Damtie, it is not enough to publish research findings, but they must be applied to bring about societal change.
Member universities pledged to build the tradition of good governance based on transparency, and to build a research partnership among themselves and with other stakeholders to engage in solving the country’s problems.

Community services focusing on modeling jobs where the universities are creating scientific models like model rural village and model solar village that can be expanded to the majority of the society by the regional government if proven appropriate. Short- term and long-term trainings and the evaluations of their outcomes will be performed.

Bahir Dar University has been chosen to host the 9th forum, and it was decided that nine participants from each member university, including student representatives, will be attending the conference beginning with the upcoming forum.

The Forum was established in November, 2012. And just in two years, the forum is partnering with other organizations in areas of education, health and others with organizations like Amhara Development Association (ADA).


The Forum of Public Universities in the Amhara Region is to hold its 8th regular annual meeting from 13th to 15th of November, 2014, at Woldiya University.


The meeting will be focusing on performance evaluation of the academic year of 2013/14, and the member universities’ plans and activities of the present academic year, 2014/15.


The Secretary General of the forum, Professor Abiy Yigzaw, will be presenting on the previous activities and present circumstances of the forum.


The Board members, presidents and the vice presidents, and student representatives of the member universities will be participating on the meeting.


Detailed news on the subject will be published soon.


Bahir Dar University has signed an agreement with NLA (Norwegian) University College. The agreement will specifically cover student exchange in journalism and communications studies.


Both undergraduate and postgraduate journalism students of NLA (Norwegian) University College will be studying at BDU and the Bahir Dar University counterparts will also be studying in Norway for a semester.


The President of Bahir Dar University, Dr Baylie Damtie, said on the occasion that the collaboration would be strengthened and expanded. 


Indicating that the government of Ethiopia is presently focusing on strengthening the practice of journalism in the country, Dr Baylie said that the student exchange agreement would be of paramount significance.


Dr Baylie has also indicated that his institution will be committed to translate the agreement into practice. “This will not just be Memorandum of Understanding; it will also be Memorandum of Action!” Dr Baylie added.


BDU’s Acting Vice President for Information and Strategic Communication, Mr Moges Abraha, on his part, has underlined that his office will specifically be committed to moving this partnership steps ahead.


Calling the participants join hands to realize vision of wisdom 2025, Mr Moges has also pledged that his office will be working jointly with the Faculty of Humanities to make the partnership bear necessary fruit.


The partnership was facilitated by NLA Professor, Dr. Terje Skjerdal. The cooperation will begin with two undergraduate and five postgraduate Norwegian students joining Bahir Dar University as of February, 2015.


Present on the event were, the faculty academic staff, university management and faculty students.

Abay Culture and Development Research Centre held a symposium aiming at rescuing indigenous knowledge and traditions from the sweeping impact of globalization. Indigenous knowledge is clearly the foundation of a country’s development, said the Director of the centre, Dr Muluken Andualem. The President of Bahir Dar University, Dr Baylie Damtie, said on the event that Ethiopia, as a country of extraordinary accumulation of indigenous knowledge, lags behind when it comes to using it. Dr Baylie stressed that Bahir Dar University will continue supporting the research centre’s endeavor of researching, documenting and preserving indigenous knowledge for the benefit of the country. The university, Dr Baylie added, will specifically support Abay Culture and Development Research Centre in order to make it achieve its noble goals. Abay Culture and Development Research Centre has the objective of preserving and promoting both manmade and natural resources of the region and country.Various papers on areas of Kine and Menzuma were presented on the function. Ethiopia is a nation of beautiful traditional relics among which are Lalibela rock-hewn churches, Fasiledes castle and different monasteries found in the islands of Lake Tana.

BDU participates on exhibition

Bahir Dar University has participated on the 24th Education and Training Conference held from October 27-29, 2014 at Hawassa, SNNPR. The conference was aimed at evaluating the education process of the previous academic year. Bahir Dar University has presented an exhibition on the event in relation to its experiences of teaching- learning, research, community services and communication and partnership of the academic year of 2006 EC. Particularly focusing on the activities being performed and the achievements being made by Bahir Dar Institute of Technology (BiT), the university has demonstrated on power-efficient oven and food preserving machine (for 19 days) on the exhibition. EiTEX instructors and students have also demonstrated different scientifically designed fashion garments on the event. A large number of visitors have expressed that they are impressed by what has been presented by Bahir Dar University, and some have even demanded to see the technological outcomes on market as soon as possible. World Bank has financially supported the energy efficient oven technology produced by Bahir Dar University on the basis of the idea that it is environmentally user-friendly.

Orientation workshop on journalism

A panel discussion on ‘Journalism Students for Professional Responsibility’ was held by Ethiopian Media Women Association (EMWA) focusing on Journalism and communication Department students at BDU. Thanking the representatives of EMWA for the panel, BDU’s Acting Vice President for Information and Strategic Communication, Mr. Moges Abraha, has underlined that his university is working towards strengthening the participation of women in the academic and administrative domains. Mr. Moges has also said that Bahir Dar University is deeply committed to engage in female students’ capacity building in all areas and to cooperate with different organizations working on the subject. EMWA’s Board Chairperson, Mrs. Emrakeb Assefa, welcoming the participants, made it clear that the objectives of the association include raising professional skills, increasing members’ access and participation in media, supporting interested media women and undertaking professional researches. A paper on “Media plurality, quality, and professional responsibility of journalists” was presented by Mrs. Tsige Aynalem. And critical and enlightening discussions on Ethiopian journalism, media challenges and ethics were made with the students. Students are expected to join the association as associate members. Present on the event were EMWA representatives, and Journalism and Communication staff and students. EMWA is a non-partisan and non-profit-making association working toward raising the skills of media professionals and practitioners to create gender sensitive media in Ethiopia.