Posted by: mmeazaw | May 10, 2010

Bahir Dar University


Bahir Dar, Ethiopia

Bahir Dar University Bahir Dar University

Historical Background

  Bahir Dar University is found in Bahir Dar Town, the capital of the Amhara National Regional State. The town is located at the southern shore of Lake Tana, the largest lake in the country. The area within which Bahir Dar is situated is endowed with immense scenic beauty and outstanding natural and cultural wealth. Lake Tana is full of abundant fish and other aquatic resources. Its water provides possibilities of recreation for tourist both from the locality and distant places. The historic churches and monasteries that are found in the islands and headlands of the lake are the mysterious hiding places of religious and cultural treasures of the country. The immense natural beauty and outstanding cultural and natural resources of the area have contributed to the emergence of the town of Bahir Dar as the political center of the region. Today Bahir Dar is one of the fastest growing towns in the country.
The establishment of Bahir Dar University owes a lot to two former higher institutions. The Bahir Dar Polytechnic Institute, which formed one of the faculties of the University, was established in 1963 under the technical cooperation between the Government of USSR and the Imperial Government of Ethiopia. The objective of the institute was to train skilled technicians in the fields of Agro-Mechanics, Industrial Chemistry and Metal, Textile and Wood Technologies. The Institute had to undergo number of program changes within the area of technology until the commencement of the Engineering degree program 1996. Throughout these program changes, the institute did all what it could to supply the labor market with the best technicians who are now running most of the businesses in the industrial, educational, agricultural and other sectors.

The other fraternal institution of higher learning called Bahir Dar Teachers College was established more than three decades ago. The college, then, known as Academy of Pedagogy, was established in 1972 by the tripartite agreement of the Imperial Government, UNESCO and UNDP and started actual work in the following year under the auspices of the Ministry of Education and Fine Arts. Its general objective was to train multipurpose primary education professionals capable of adopting primary education to rural life and rural development. Its specific objectives were to train primary school teacher trainers, supervisors, educational leaders, adult education organizers and community development agents.
Soon after its beginning, however, the program only focused on offering pedagogics as a major area of study and Amharic, English, Geography and Mathematics as minor courses. Later, diploma programs were introduced when in 1996 the diploma offering departments were raised to degree level. All in all the college provided instructors to the different levels of the education sector through its regular and extension programs.
The two fraternal institutions of higher learning were integrated and formed Bahir Dar University following the Council of Ministers regulation no. 60/1999. The University was inaugurated on May 6, 2000.

 BAHIR DAR University

– one of the largest universities in Federal Democratic Republic Ethiopia, which has more than 45,000 students and over 53 undergraduate and 30 graduate programmers’.Bahir Dar University (BDU) was inaugurated in May 2000 (1992 E.C.) when the former Bahir Dar Teachers College and Bahir Dar Polytechnic Institute joined together to become the Education and Engineering Faculties, respectively, of the new University.

BDU has now four colleges, three faculties, five schools and two institutes. Located in the university main campus are the College of Science, the Faculty of Social Science, Faculty of Arts, Language, Journalism & Communication, the College of Medical and Health Science and the School of Law. The last two are temporarily based in the main campus and they are expected to have their own campus in the near future.
The College of Agriculture and Environmental Science, the various engineering schools as well as the Institute of Textile Garment & Fashion Engineering are found in the Engineering campus formerly known as the Polytechnic Institute. A new campus for the College of Agriculture and Environmental Science is now under construction. The Institute of Land Administration will also have its own campus soon

Bahir Dar Town
The area within which Bahir Dar University is situated is endowed with immense scenic beauty and outstanding natural and cultural wealth. Lake Tana is full of abundant fish and other aquatic resources. Its water provides possibilities of recreation for tourist both from the locality and distant places. The historic churches and monasteries that are found in the islands and headlands of the lake are the mysterious hiding places of religious and cultural treasures of the country. The immense natural beauty and outstanding cultural and natural resources of the area have contributed to the emergence of the town of Bahir Dar as the political center of the region. Today Bahir Dar is one of the fastest growing towns in the country. Bahir Dar is a starting point for visits to the Blue Nile Falls and the monasteries of Lake Tana. The port from Bahir Dar provides access by boat to a number of historic lakeside churches and monasteries, near and far. Most date from the seventeenth century and have beautifully painted walls. Many such places of worship now have fascinating museums with priceless illustrated manuscripts, historic crowns and fine royal and ecclesiastical robes. Some monastic islands are forbidden to women but others can be visited by both sexes. 

How to get Bahir Dar


Bahir Dar, a town in northern Ethiopia, is 578 kilometers from Addis Ababa, the capital city. Its climate is somewhat tropical and different from the typical highland climate of northeastern Shoa. There are daily flights between Addis Ababa and Bahir Dar as well as plenty of road transportation.

The various Engineering Schools and the College of Agriculture are Faculty located in central Bahir Dar. The main campus is 3 kms South East of the town centre. In addition four new campuses are now under construction just outside Bahir Dar along the Bahir Dar-Gondar, Bahir Dar- Addis Ababa and Bahir Dar-Adet roads.

  

Studying and Working at BDU

Working or Studying at Bahir Dar University is the ideal opportunity to sample the sights and sites of Bahir Dar town and its surroundings, one of the foremost tourist destinations in Ethiopia. The University is situated in relaxed surroundings on the edge of Bahir Dar town; the Engineering campus is a stone’s throw from Lake Tana and walking distance from the town centre; the main campus is at the southern end of town, on a site adjoining the Blue Nile River. Staff accommodation and student dorms are provided on each campus.
Bahir Dar is a cheerful and relaxing town to stay in, combining the bustle of town life with the gentler pace of the rural suburbs. Staff and students can enjoy the stimulus of academic life and the on-campus facilities, or the variety of bars and restaurants in town; for something more relaxing, boat trips on Lake Tana, or coffee by the Lake-side are possible. There is something for everyone, and staff and students can combine work and recreation in one of Ethiopia’s fascinating holiday destinations.
University facilities include laboratories, libraries and internet services. Students may use internet facilities to get additional materials for their lecture notes. We hope you enjoy ‘visiting’ our web-site and then consider either visiting us or studying with us.

   

BDU’s Vision & Mission Statement

Vision

Bahir Dar University strives to become the center of excellence that will significantly contribute to all aspects of national development through quality training, research and community service.

Mission Statement

Bahir Dar University has the following missions:

  

  •   To produce responsible, creative and competent professionals,
    • To use ICT-Supported participatory learning approaches,
    • To conduct community-oriented and problem solving research activities,
    • To provide  community and consultancy services aimed at capacity building and
    • To give students the opportunity to develop creativity, critical thinking and problem-solving ability.

The top ten officers of Bahir Dar University

  1.  Yeshimebrat Mersha (PhD)

President
Bahir Dar University
Tel: 251-058-2200137 (Office)
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2.Mulugeta Kibret (PhD)

Vice President for Academic Affairs
Bahir Dar University
Tel: 251-058-2202236
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3. Marew Alemu

Vice President for Business & Development
Bahir Dar University
Tel: 251-058-2200698
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  1.  Fantahun Ayele (PhD)

Vice President for Information & Strategic Communication
Bahir Dar University
Tel: 251-058-2205925
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4. Dawit Mekonnen (PhD)

Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs
Bahir Dar University
Tel: 251-058-2220410
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  1.  Solomon Libsu (PhD)

Associate Vice President for Graduate Programme, Research & Community Service
Bahir Dar University
Tel: 251-058-2202402
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5. Abebe Wale

Associate Vice President for Planning, Budget & Finance
Bahir Dar University
Tel: 251-058-2202237
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6. Asnake Tarekegn

Associate Vice President for Human Resources
Bahir Dar University
Tel: 251-058-2263720
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Tenaw Tegbar

Associate Vice President for Income Generation
Bahir Dar University
Tel: 251-058-2205926
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Mulugeta Azeze

Associate Vice President for Procurement & Property Administration
Bahir Dar University
Tel: 251-058-220-5940
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http://www.bdu.edu.et/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=60&Itemid=71 

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