Background

Bahir Dar Institute of Technology (BiT) 
 
Bahir Dar University is one of the largest and well-known public universities in Ethiopia. The university was established on May 6, 2000 by merging two public higher institutions namely Bahir Dar Polytechnic and Bahir Dar Teachers’ College. Currently, the university has five institutes, five colleges, two academies, six faculties and two schools. Bahir Dar Institute of Technology, which is one of the institutes in Bahir Dar University, is among the oldest and well-known technology institutes in Ethiopia. The institute was founded by a bilateral agreement between the Ethiopian and former Soviet Union governments in 1963. It was planned to admit top ranked students who successfully passed the eighth-grade national examination. Following its establishment as polytechnic institute, it admitted 232 students for four-year programs. Since then, the institute had undergone several program changes within the area of technology (Agro-mechanics, Industrial Chemistry, Metal, Textile, Electrical and Wood Technologies). In May 6, 2000, the institute was upgraded to Bahir Dar Institute of Technology (BiT).  
The institute has been contributing to the labor market with graduates who are now running most of the businesses in the industrial, educational, agricultural and other economic development sectors in Ethiopia and working abroad. Since its establishment, it became a pioneer institute of technology offering higher education in the field of engineering and technology. The institute aspires to become a leading institute in engineering and technology programs that prepare students to become entrepreneurs, and innovators through a distinct education. Currently, 9963 students are enrolled in sixteen undergraduate programs and about 2098 postgraduate students in 29 masters and 11 PhD programs. It has well equipped 44 laboratories supporting research and practical teaching and to deliver different technical support to partners and our main stakeholders in the region. 
The institute is working towards solving practical problems of community and teaching practically oriented courses through an ample experience in teaching, research and community service. Furthermore, it is also envisioned to have a national impact through the dissemination of technologies focused on the need of the local community and industrial sector. The institute has many international and national partners which are working towards facilitating teaching, research and community service activities. The teaching, research and community service activities are supported by high qualified instructors, technical assistants, and administrative staff.
 
Vision
Remain to be a source of pride for the nation through excellence in technological education, research and innovation.
Mission 
  • To produce competent professionals in various fields of technology and engineering through undergraduate and graduate studies.
  • To conduct research and innovation that contributes to industrial and national development needs.
  • To expand and conduct technology transfer, consultancy service, community engagement that impacts the lives of people and enhance income generation.
Core Values
  • Academic freedom: a strong commitment to a free and democratic academic environment whereby all the institute communities exercise the right to  free expression of ideas; inquire, investigate and engage in relevant academic practices; and development to pursuit for freedom of truth.
  • Continuous learning: BiT recognizes the importance of different tools for continuous improvement and believes in the principle of systematically seeking to achieve incremental changes to improve the efficiency and quality and strive to develop lifelong learners which help for reputability based on the successful execution of the mission.
  • Quality: the institute upholds quality as the ruling standard in teaching, research and community engagement, and commits to attain highest standards.
  • Innovation: develop a culture for generating new ideas, processes, services, technologies and entrepreneurial skills in line with competitiveness and cooperation to integrate diverse perspectives into new knowledge and novel solutions to problems.
  • Social responsibility: BiT recognizes the obligation to act and behave ethically with sensitivity towards social, cultural, environmental and economic issues of the nation. All endeavors of the institute should be environmentally friendly so as to benefit the society at large    and maintaining the health and integrity of ecosystem.
  • Recognition of merit: BiT has a strong belief on the importance of giving public and institutional recognition to the person who makes significant contribution to the socio-economic development and environmental sustainability

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