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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.
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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