Bahir Dar University Inaugurated

Bahir Dar University Inaugurated



Bahir Dar, May 7 (ENA) -- The newly established university in Bahir Dar town, Amhara state was inaugurated here on Saturday.


The university named after Bahir Dar was established incorporating the Bahir Dar polytechnic institute and the Bahirdar teacher's college


Inaugurating the university, president Negaso Gidada said the opening of the university in the state helps train the necessary skilled manpower the country needs in general and the state in particular.


''We are celebrating the establishment of the university with great national interest as its opening is one of the successful results of the Five-year peace, democracy and development program,'' Dr. Negaso said.


Establishing higher educational institutions in various national states in the country balances the inequitable education coverage, which used to be practiced by the past successive regimes, he said.


The president said the university would be the sole institution in the country to train students in textile technology.


The opening of another university in Gondar town and other similar institutions in other parts of the state would be realized soon, Negaso said.


The president availed himself of the occasion to call upon the university staff to stand on the side of the government to avert the country's present food crisis, preserve the national sovereignty and fight the growing spread of HIV/Aids.


Speaking on his part, university acting president, DR. Shimelis Hailu said the two institutions that had been incorporated have longer experiences of producing skilled manpower that had helped the country develop its economy.


The institution has already launched 15 degree and two diploma programs in its regular program while one degree and 12 diploma in its extension. New libraries, modern laboratories, student dormitories and other facilities have been built for the university, he said, adding additional classrooms would be constructed in the foreseeable future.


State administration chief, Adissu Legesse said the Bahir Dar University would have a significant contribution to ameliorate shortage of skilled labor the state has faced.


Education minister, Genet Zewde and invited guests attended the inaugural ceremony.