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Bahir Dar University to construct eight new campuses

The first maritime training institute is one of them

By Birhanu Fikade

Bahir Dar University (BDU), one of the oldest higher learning institutions in the country, has commissioned the construction of eight new campuses around the city, one of which is the first maritime institute in the Ethiopia, at a cost of 1.5 billion birr. Dr. Bayle Damte, president of the University, told The Reporter that the construction of the new campuses is currently well in progress with an average expenditure of three million Birr a day for the whole project.

The new college grounds under construction include a textile, garment and fashion design institute, one college of agriculture and environmental sciences, college of medicine, land administration and law faculty and maritime training institute, which, when operational, will be the first of its kind in Ethiopia.

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The maritime institute, when fully operational, will produce 4,000 marine officers a year. Currently, there are about 300 maritime trainees at the temporary facility. The first 20 graduates joined commercial liners in Germany and Israel, while the next 24 graduates are also working in Israel, Dr. Bayle said. “The companies that hired our students are sending notes of appreciation to the university saying the Ethiopian officers are the best performers. An Israeli captain is appointed as director of the maritime institute and three Indian engineers oversee the technical aspects.

Furthermore, the president said that BDU would grant autonomy to the new institutions over many of the aspects of administration.

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^^yeah most likely, some of the students also go off to serve other international shipping companies I think. Thats what the article is saying at least...Israel, Germany etc. In this quote below for example:
The first 20 graduates joined commercial liners in Germany and Israel, while the next 24 graduates are also working in Israel, Dr. Bayle said.
 

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Exactly what I was thinking.
The intention is to train and produce an internationally qualified maritime workforce that can go and work abroad for any shipping company. It's not necessarily for domestic use...it's a proven "job creation" model that has been implemented for years by the Philippines, Greece, and even some land-locked countries to produce an international workforce whose remittances already provide a significant amount of $upport to their home countries. It's basically to export highly qualified labor.
 

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Ethiopian maritime training institute shaped like a ship half way complete



Bahir Dar University has announced it is building a marine engineering training campus that would enable it to train one thousand students annually.
The University started the training by sending trainees to Israel and has trained 44 trainees there in two rounds; however, it is now offering the whole training in Ethiopia.




So far, over 380 Ethiopians graduated in Mechanical Engineering in first degree from the University have got the opportunity to be employed in international shipping organizations after taking the marine engineer training on Lake Tana.

Bahir Dar University President Dr. Bayile Damte says the University has planned to produce internationally competent students in the area. To this effect, the University is building a campus near Lake Tana to train one thousand students a year, he said.


State Minister of Education Dr. Kaba Urgessa for his part said the University has commenced the program mainly to produce trained man power for foreign market.
The campus being built has a shape of a ship and would be furnished with all materials needed in a ship.


Bahir Dar University is the first in Ethiopia and second in Africa in giving such training.
 
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