Arba Minch University has inaugurated Sawla Campus as its infrastructure got ready to host 10 disciplines by two new colleges and a school on 5th November, 2016. Top AMU officials, various government officials and Sawla community participated in the celebration.

University President, Dr Damtew Darza, during opening, said, ‘‘AMU, Ethiopia’s pioneering institution in water resource engineering is expanding its programs and campuses to achieve its vision and all programs are compatible to market demands that complement national needs.’’

Thanking community for support, he said, Sawla Campus launched last year has faced many difficulties following delayed construction. But, now infrastructure in place, teaching and learning activities will run smoothly. The first phase construction has incurred ETB 26.6 Million while in second phase, library, classrooms; internal access roads and etc. will be built costing ETB 37.7 Million to university.

In the tastefully decorated program venue, Gamo Gofa Music Band playing soulful numbers representing nations and nationalities, has some of the top officials including Dr Damtew, Dr Guchie and others reveling with community present.


Campus Coordinator, Mr Gebremedhin Chameno, extending heart-felt gratitude to Sawla Town and Demba Gofa Administration offices, Gofa Kale Hiwot Church and Sawla Preparatory School, said, ‘‘It couldn’t have been possible without all of your valuable support.’’

In a heart-warming message to teachers and students, he said, ‘‘My heart goes out to you for working under trying conditions. But, now things have changed as they got to, and from here onwards, I assure everything will fall into place for smooth functioning.’’

He further said, in the first phase, 13 buildings have been completed that include a management building, cafeteria, student’s facility, academic utility room, six dormitories, class rooms and laboratories.

Gamo Gofa Zone Deputy Administrator, Mr Teferi Abate, presiding over program, profusely lauded Arba Minch University for doing great humanitarian work for the community. He assured every possible support for the success of the mission to educate society.

Later in the day, AMU acknowledged the valuable support extended by Sawla Town Administration, Demba Gofa Administration, Gofa Kale Hiwot Church and Sawla Preparatory School by giving citation of appreciation to their respective representatives.

The community present on the occasion was overwhelmed with sense of gratitude towards AMU for establishing Sawla Campus, which they feel will prove to be a milestone in educating community. Present heads representing religions at Sawla, assured moral backing for this noble cause.

On the occasion, Sawla Campus has hosted a grand banquet in honor of visiting top AMU officials, government representatives and others.


(Corporate Communication Directorate)