Our alumni held their first conference
Poly-Peda-Bahir Dar university alumni held their first conference today at the National Alcohol hall celebrating BDU'S Diamond Jubilee in the presence of the University’s president. The conference was opened by head of the organizing alumni committee, Engineer Gizachew who emphasized the importance of Alumni Associations to maintain ties among former graduates and to contribute to the development of their universities. Guest of honor of the program Dr. Firew Tegegne, President of the university, presented about the development of the university from the 5 pioneering technology programs of PTI to the 430+ curricular programs currently run by Bahir Dar university. He remembered the professional discipline and practical skills of PTI graduates with their everlasting fraternal relationships.
The other major event in the conference was sharing of success stories of the former graduates. Engineer Shewaferaw presented the works of some notable PTI technology graduates like Daniel Mebrhatu who established his own private companies, Dan Technocraft, which are on the eve of celebrating their own Golden Jubilee. Similar presentations were made by Engineer Ashenafi Desalegn on achievements of PolyTechnic Engineering graduates like Engineer Melak who is working at NASA. Besides, former graduates like Engineer Wubishet Hailu had presented success stories of his "WATT International PLC" which has worked in 70+ cities of Ethiopia on water related projects. Ato Yonathan Menkir also shared his ventures on aviation consultancy and volunteerism. Engineer Aysheshim presented about the development of PAN (Poly Alumni Network) from sharing friends' pain to a registered graduates association in the USA.
Finally, Dr.Zewdu Emiru, BDU's Vice President for Information and Strategic Communications, closed the meeting thanking all who committed themselves to the realization of the conference. He promised that the university will recognize Alumni who had uniquely contributed to the development of the scientific profession and national development. At the end, he called for all former graduates to come and celebrate BDU'S anniversary closing ceremony and Alumni Day events to be celebrated at Bahir Dar in the first week of June.
Lastly, the 3rd director of PTI, Ato Million Belete and Dr. Hailu Araya who was among the earliest instructors of English language at the institute extended their gratitude and pleasure for the group for inviting them honorably at the event.