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አለማቀፍ የፀረ-ሙስና ቀን በባህር ዳር ዩኒቨርሲቲ፣ ባህር ዳር ቴክኖሎጂ እንስቲትዩት ተከበረ።

 
[ሕዳር 27 ቀን 2015 ዓ.ም፣ ኢስኮ/ባቴኢ]
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በዓለምአቀፍ ደረጃ ለ19ኛ በሐገራችን ደግሞ ለ18ኛ ጊዜ ዓለማቀፍ የፀረ-ሙስና ቀን “ሙስናን መታገል በተግባር!” በሚል መሪ ቃል በባሕር ዳር ዩኒቨርሲቲ፣ ባሕር ዳር ቴክኖሎጂ ኢንስቲትዩት ተከበረ።
መርሃግብሩን በንግግር የከፈቱት የባህር ዳር ቴክኖሎጂ ኢንስቲትዩት ሳይንቲፊክ ዳይሬክተር ዶ/ር ቢምረው ታምራት እንደተናገሩት፣ ሙስና የሀገር እድገትን በማደናቀፍ እና ህዝባዊ ስብዕና  መላሸቅ በማስከተል የሥራን ሞራል በከፍተኛ ሁኔታ የሚጎዳ ስልሆነ በጋራ ልንታገለው ይገባል። በንግግራቸው አክለውም የሙስና መገለጫዎች ዘርፈ ብዙህ በመሆናቸው ሁሉም ኃላፊነቱን በአግባቡ መወጣት፣ ባጋራ መስራት፣ መተባበርና በአንድነት በመቆም ሙስናን በእጅጉ መቀነስ እንደሚቻል ጠቁመዋል።
በመቀጠልም አቶ አታሌ አያሌው፣ የባህር ዳር ዩኒቨርሲቲ የሥነ ምግባርና ፀረ ሙስና መከታተያ ክፍል፣ የሙስና ስጋት ተጋላጭነት ጥናት ባለሙያ፣ የፀረ-ሙስና ቀን አስመልክቶ በባሕር ዳር ዪኒቨርሲቲ የተዘጋጀውን የመወያያ ሰነድ አቅርበዋል። በገለፃቸውም የሙስና ፅንሰ ሀሳብ፣ በኢትዮጵያ የፀረ ሙስና ትግል፣ አስቻይ ሁኔታና ተግዳሮቶች፣ የፀረ ሙስና ትግል ቀጣይ አቅጣጫዎችና የባለድርሻ አካላት ሚና በሚሉት ዙሪያ ሰፋ ያለ ማብራሪያ ሰጥቷል።
በመጨረሻም በዶ/ር ሚንችል ግተው የባሕር ዳር ቴክኖሎጂ እንስቲትዩት ማኔጂንግ ዳይሬክተር መሪነት  በቀረበው ሰነድ ላይና ከተሳታፊዎች በተነሱት ሓሳቦች ዙርያ ውይይት ተደርጎ መርሃግብሩ ተጠናቋል::
 
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The startup of BiTec, Bahir Dar Institute of Technology-Bahir Dar University, was named the best startup at the Entrepreneurship Competition held on the 9th Global Entrepreneurship Week, hosted by Ministry of Labor and Skills, Addis Ababa.

 
[December 04, 2022 Addis Ababa, ISC/BiT]
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The team of Solomon Geremew, Henok Simachew, Kalkidan Eshete, and Mequanint Ayusew BiTec-BiT-BDU, who pitched their business idea on the Ethio Organic Pesticide at the Entrepreneurship Competition on the Global Entrepreneurship celebrated in our country for the 9th time, was named the best startup and awarded 260,000 birr among the startups participated from various universities in Ethiopia. 
The Ministry of Labor and Skills has also recognized Bahir Dar University for sending startups to pitch their business ideas. The outcome demonstrates how much Bahir Dar University has invested in startups and entrepreneurs by establishing centers such as Seifu BiT Makerspace.
 
Dr. Negeri Lencho, the honorable guest, presented the award to the winners. The startups expressed gratitude to Seifu BiT Makerspace members who helped them to achieve this result. They also expressed special gratitude to Dr. Amare Kassaw, BiTec Director, who has been a pillar of their work by accompanying them to all events even by staying with them until the mid-night at the Makerspace.
The BiT Information and Strategic Communication Directorate would like to congratulate the startups on their outstanding achievements.
 
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የባሕር ዳር ዩኒቨርሲቲ የቀድሞ ምሩቅ አቶ ብርሓነ መዋ በባሕር ዳር ዩኒቨርሲቲ የባሕር ዳር ቴክኖሎጂ ኢንስቲትዩት ባዘጋጀው መርሀ ግብር ተገኝተው ሕዛባዊ ንግግር አቀረቡ።

 
[ሕዳር 25 ቀን 2015 ዓ.ም፣ ኢስኮ/ባቴኢ]
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መርሃግብሩን የከፈቱት የዩኒቨርሲቲው ፕሬዝዳንት ዶ/ር ፍሬው ተገኘ አቶ ብርሐነን በዚህ መንገድ በማግኘታችው ደስተኛ መሆናቸውን ገልጸው ከ 10 የሚበልጡ የኢትዮጵያ ዩኒቨርሲቲ ፕሬዝዳንቶች የዩኒቨርሲቲው የቀድሞ ተማሪዎች መሆናቸው እነደሚያኮራቸው ተናግርው በተለይም የባሕር ዳር ቴክኖሎጂ ኢንስቲትዩት የቀድሞ ምሩቃን እያደረጉት ላለው አስተዋጽኦ አድናቆታቸውን ችረዋል::  አክለውም ኢትዮጵያ ታዳጊ ሀገር እደመሆና መጠን ኢንዱስትሪው ገና በመሆኑ እና አብዛኛው የተማርው ማህበረሰብ በዩኒቨርሲቲዎች ውስጥ እንደመገኘቱም በሚያከናውናቸው ምርምሮች ራስን ከማሳደግ ባለፈ ሕብረተሰቡን በመጥቀም በኩል አቅም እንዲኖረው በማድረግ ዩኒቨርሲቲዎች ብዙ ሊሰሩ እንደሚገባ ገልጸዋል። 
አቶ ብርሓነ መዋ “Thinking outside the box but playing in the box” በሚል ባዘጋጁት ርዕሰ ጉዳይ ላይ ሰፊ ማብራሪያ የሰጡ ሲሆን ያለውን ነባራዊ ችግር ተንትነው ወደፊት ሊስተካከሉ የሚችሉበት እድል ሰፊ እንደሆነ ገልጸዋል። የባሕል፣ የህዝብ ቁጥር እና የግል ፍላጎት ማየል በተለያየ መልኩ ሞራላችንን በመጉዳት ሰላም ማጣት ማስከትሉን ገልጸው ሙስና በከፍተኛ ደረጃ ሐገር እያመሳቀለ እንደሆነም ጠቁመዋል። በአንጻሩ መልካም ጅምሮች ያሉ መሆናቸው እና የተማረ ሰው የሚስፈልግበት ደረጃ ላይ መድረሳችንን ጠቁመው ብዙ ርቀት መሄድ እንደሚያስፈልግ አብራርተዋል። በሌላ በኩል በስራ ፈጠራ ማዕከሉ የሚሰሩ ተማሪዎች ከሌሎች የሚለዩት ሲመረቁ ሐሳባቸውን እንጂ ራሳቸውን ስለማይሸጡ ነው ብለዋል። እንደ አቶ ብርሐነ ገለጻ በትምሕርት እና ልምድ የተገኘን እውቀት እና ክህሎት በጡረታ ይዞ መገለል እንደማይገባ በመግለጽ ለሌሎች ማካፈል አስፈላጊ መሆኑን ጠቁመዋል:: ለመቀጠር የሚሄዱ ሰዎች በሂደት የሚገጥሟቸውን ነገሮች እና ችግሮች ለመፍታት ካሰቡባቸው የራስን ነገር ለመስራት እንደ እድል የሚቆጠር ይሆናል። ስለዚህም እየሰሩ ከማሰብ እያሰቡ መስራት እንደሚያስፈልግ ገልጸዋል።
አቶ ብርሐነ በውጪው ዓለም ለሚኖርው ማህበረሰብ ባስተላልፉት መልዕክታቸው ከትችት ይልቅ ሰርቶ መገኘት፣ ከማማረር ይልቅ ለውጥን መሻት የህሊና እረፍትን እንደሚያመጣ ገልጸው ሀገር በምትፈልጋቸው ጊዜ ሳይገኙ በጡረታ ወቅት ቤት ሰርተው ለመኖር የሚመጡ ኢትዮጵያውያን ሊያስቡበት እንደሚገባቸው ተናግረዋል። ከዚህም ጋር በተያያዘ ተስፋ መቁረጥን በመተው በምንኖርበት ማህበረሰብ ውስጥ ያለውን ችግር ለማጥፋት መታተር እና ለእኩልነት መሥራት የተሻለ እንደሆነ አብራርተዋል። 
በመጨረሻም በተሳታፊዎች በተነሱት ሓሳቦች ዙርያ ውይይት ተደረጎ መርሃግብሩ ተጠናቋል::
 
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The startup of BiTec, Bahir Dar Institute of Technology-Bahir Dar University pitched their work at the Entrepreneurship Competition on the 9th Global Entrepreneurship Week, currently taking place at the Haile Grand Hotel, Addis Ababa.

 
[December 03, 2022 Bahir Dar, ISC/BiT]
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The Entrepreneurship Competition on 9th Global Entrepreneurship Week, hosted by the Ministry of Labor and Skills, is currently taking place at the Haile Grand Hotel in Addis Ababa. The program has been attended by higher government officials, startups from various universities, entrepreneurs, and other invited guests. 
 
Solomon Geremew, Henok Simachew, Kalkidan Eshete, and Mequanint Ayusew of BiTec-BiT-Bahir Dar University presented their work on the Ethio Organic Pesticide, which is made from various plant species. According to their presentation, because their product is made from locally available raw materials, it will save foreign currency, increase crop productivity, and provide a significant advantage in our country's development, which is heavily reliant on agriculture. 
The program will undergo today with startups pitching their work, presentations by entrepreneurs, panel discussions, whereas the award ceremony for the selected startups will be held tomorrow.
 
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The 4th international Conference on ICT4DA hosted at BiT-BDU for two days has been concluded.

 
[November 29, 2022 Bahir Dar, ISC/BiT]
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The 4th International Conference on ICT4DA, organized by ICT4D-BiT-BDU in collaboration with UNDP, UNICEF, and IEEE, and attended by invited guests and keynote speakers from the United States, South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, and Addis Abeba University, concluded today. 
 
Following feedback from invited guests who expressed their admiration for the way BiT-BDU organized such a conference, that is essential for the development of Africa in digital sectors, Dr. Firew Tegegne president of Bahir Dar University delivered a closing speech in which he expressed his pride in BiT-BDU for hosting such an international event where world class researchers like Dr. Abeba Birhane was presenting on and that  is an indication of the Bahir Dar University's hard work alongside on the way of Accrediting engineering programs, Seifu BiT Makerspace and so on to be a competitive at the international level. Mentioning as the Bahir Dar University is the country's leading university in terms of developing software in-house, he stated as the university has been working hard to use this capacity and network to benefit young talented people and contribute more to the country's development.  
The organizing committee, partners, and parallel session coordinators were also recognized. 
 
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PhD Dissertation Public Defense was held at BiT-BDU.

 
[November 29, 2022 Bahir Dar, ISC/BiT]
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Dr. Tsegahun Mekonnen successfully defended his PhD dissertation in Chemical Engineering (Process Engineering and Design) titled "Development and Characterization of Low-Cost Flat Sheet Ceramic Membranes for Water Desalination by Membrane Distillation." His research has focused on a number of areas, including fabricating and characterizing flat sheet ceramic membrane from metakaolin, grafting and characterizing hydrophobic flat sheet metakaolin based ceramic membrane, as well as characterizing, beneficiating in a variety of operating conditions, and using Ethiopian kaolin for the manufacture of low-cost kaolin-based ceramic membranes.
 
Examiners Prof. Esayas Alemayehu, Professor of Water and Environmental Engineering, Jimma Institute of Technology (JiT), and Prof. Zebene Kiflie, Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa Institute of Technology, School of Chemical and Bio Engineering, Environmental Engineering Chair, posed a number of questions and comments, which were later followed by public inquiries. Later on the committee awarded Dr. Tsegahun Mekonnen's dissertation an "Excellent" grade after carefully examining it and hearing his explanations for the forwarded questions. His advisory board included Dr. Nigus Gabbiye, Chair of SDAC, Dr. Mulugeta Admasu and Dr. Zenamarkos Bantie, whom all are members of SDAC.
Bahir Dar Institute of Technology-Bahir Dar University wishes to congratulate Dr. Tsegahun Mekonnen on his outstanding academic achievement.
 
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Dr. Abeba Birhane, from Mozilla foundation and University College Dublin Ireland, alumna of Bahir Dar University gave a public lecture at BiT-BDU.

 
 [November 28, 2022 Bahir Dar, ISC/BiT]
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Dr. Abeba Birhane, Cognitive Scientist at Mozilla Trustworthy AI, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Researcher at University College Dublin Ireland, and alumna of Bahir Dar University, delivered a public lecture to BDU academic staff and students. She spoke on the growth of cognitive science, and how the old method of conducting research has been superseded by impeded cognitive science. It takes into consideration the environmental component, where research is conducted while individuals are engaged in their normal surroundings. According to her, only a few people, particularly Ethiopians, are focused on such progress. AI has a variety of applications, including NLP, which covers language conversion and grammatical checking. Meanwhile, robotics is the other use, and most studies involve robotics application in aiding and reducing human workload.
There is also a sector for computer vision, which began in 1955, although face recognition and a variety of other outputs serve at various levels. However, models have been recoded with bias in terms of gender, color, and race, which is why she is focusing on dataset auditing. According to her speech, dataset auditing is a procedure in which models are checked before implementation, and most have been associated with harming individuals, including putting people to prison and incorrect health prediction. However, applications based on planets and meteorology are expected to have a positive influence. Discussions with the audience and participants had followed the lecture.
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The 4th International Conference on ICT4DA is taking place at BiT-BDU.

 
 [November 28, 2022 Bahir Dar, ISC/BiT]
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The 4th International Conference on ICT4D is organized by ICT4D-BiT-BDU in collaboration with UNDP, UNICEF, and IEEE. During the start, Dr. Mekuanint Agegnehu, Deputy Scientific Director for Research and Community Service, said that ICT4D was established in 2016 with the goal of becoming one of the top five ICT research centers in 10 to 15 years. Later on, Dr. Esubalew Alemneh ICT4D director, highlighted that ICT4D bridges the digital divide and support economic growth. He also stated that ICT4DA conference is hosted to bring together researchers and engineers to discuss and work on a variety of topics. Dr. Bimrew Tamrat, Scientific Director of BiT, on the other hand, made a remark on the institutes practical and technological aims, which help graduates become innovators and entrepreneurs. He also said that, BiT teaches a number of students in preparation for ABET certification for undergraduate programs, while, ICT4D is one of the research centers devoted to advancing technology and innovation.
 
Professor Fisseha Mekuria, research scientist at CSIR, recognized the importance of culture and language, and emphasized the need of honoring one's own language and culture in order to be recognized globally. Meanwhile, over 2.7 billion people have never utilized the internet, and most advancement and innovations are focused on other areas. So, researchers must include all mankind as a consideration, and projects and research must be community-based; otherwise, delivering successful answers will be in question. On the other hand, novel digital services are required to enable access to the community in order for it to adapt. He also mentioned the work being done in the Republic of South Africa to help rural enterprises and schools via planning. 
 
Mr. Nathi Mbele, a South African entrepreneur, adds weight to Professor Fisseha’s words by sharing his own experience. Apart from declaring Ethiopia to be the future and mother of Africa, he urged on government regulation to provide a playground for operators. His rural network services provide comprehensive assistance to South Africans. He stated that young Africans are numerous yet unconnected, and just 20% of the African population has access to providers, leaving the remainder out. Meanwhile, firms with more 30 years of experience exist in Africa, and profit is a goal that has harmed the populace.  Additionally, Dr. L. Mfupe spoke about impact analysis on initiatives to support youth and women owned rural and township wireless network operators.
 
In the Afternoon’s session Dr. Abeba Birhane, from Mozilla foundation and University College Dublin Ireland delivered a keynote speech on the impact and significance of AI in an environment where most Ethiopians are focused on NLP. According to her speech, robots serve for a variety of purposes and functions, particularly in easing human burdens. However, most AI models developed in some companies have a bias with regard to skin, gender, and other factors, which she insisted on developing local models based on the challenges at hand and training the data with accurate input. Bethlehem Abera Gronnerberg, Founder & Executive Director of uCodeGirl, elaborated the challenges raised by Dr. Abeba Birhane through sharing her experiences. 
 
The conference will continue in parallel sessions until Wednesday.
 
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Business Incubator Communities (BIC) Ethiopia Entrepreneurship and Incubation Process Management Training has been given to BiT-BDU management team.

 
[November 24, 2022 Bahir Dar, ISC/BiT]
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The two-day workshop aimed at training Bahir Dar Institute of Technology higher officials and people working in BiTec through management of innovation and incubation. It takes into account marketing, financing, and funding opportunities, as well as building a better vision and communication with individuals at various stages. According to Dr. Amare Kassaw, director of BiTec, the European Union is providing significant assistance, from which the incubation center has profited in the past and will continue to benefit in the future. The training is given by Kathrin Kirsch from Adelphi, Germany, with assurance of a smooth procedure and follow-up. The leaders articulated their vision on how the workshop will improve their communication and achievement in all areas of the Institute management and their impact for the incubation center. 
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Congratulations! Seifu BiTMakerspace has been recognized as "The most active makerspace of the year" at African makerspace gathering 2022 in Cape Town SA.

 
[November 21,2022 Bahir Dar, ISC/BiT]
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The Africa Makerspace Gathering is an annual meeting of the Africa Makerspace Network which brings together all makers in the network and beyond to have a dialogue on how makerspaces can significantly contribute to the development of a sustainable Africa. In 2022, the annual meeting which is the Gathering, is taking place in Cape Town, South Africa. The award is received by Ms. Bezawork Tilahun, Coordinator of Seifu BiT Makerspace at BiT-BDU. 
Information and Strategic Communication Directorate wants to congratulate all the Seifu BiT Makerspace team and the BDU community at large.
 
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