Addis Ababa
Bahir Dar
Arba Minch


Bahir Dar University

Bahir Dar University is a university in Bahir Dar Town, the capital of the Amhara National Regional State in Ethiopia . The University is a combination of two smaller institutes formed earlier, after the departments were gradually raised to a degree level starting from 1996.

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 , Electrical 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. The polytechnic Institute and Bahir Dar Teachers College are renamed Faculty of Engineering and Faculty of Education, respectively. In addition to these, the university has now two more faculties namely the faculty of Business and Economics and the faculty of Law, which were established in 2001 and 2003 respectively. Bahir Dar University was officially inaugurated in May 2001. It also has an institute of Textile and Garment, which is the only of its type in the country. Needs assessment on whether to open a faculty of Agriculture has been carried out, and accordingly the designing of the curriculum is completed to start the program soon.

The faculty of Agriculture has already started functioning. More over the university started postgradauted programmes in education faculity in the fields of Mathematics, pedagogical science, Amharic, physics and currently it will start in other departments.

The Engineering Faculty has the following departments: Civil, Electrical,Chemical, Industrial, Mechanical, Textile, Computer Science and the newly added water engineering departments




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