The 3rd batch of 46 ‘Doctors of Medicine’ from College of Medicine and Health Sciences has graduated in a glittering ceremony at Main Campus on 26th November, 2016. Deputy Health Minister, Dr Amir Aman, AMU top officials, kin of graduates and others graced the function.

Among three male top-scorers, Dr Temesgen Endalew Legesse bagged the gold medal for notching up 3.63 CGPA; followed by Dr Daniel Tamirat Cherkos, 3.60, and Dr Abdulfetah Mohammad Sula 3.51. The only female graduate, Dr Chaltu Nemomsa Beyene, was felicitated for earning 3.03 CGPA.

The ceremony got off to a flying start with Gamo Gofa Zone Cultural Band belting out famous ethnic numbers; but, it was Community School kids who stole the limelight for their congratulatory number.

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.

AMU Senate has approved the standardized guidelines for Master Thesis and PhD Dissertation that will serve as a clear roadmap to those pursuing Master and PhD studies. This arduous task was executed by a 4-member Special Task Force headed by the deceased Dr Anto Arkato.

Adhering to Senate Legislation’s Article 132 (1) & (3), that ask Research and Development Committee to issue guidelines that will ease conduction, supervision and evaluation processes of theses, Graduate Guideline Designing Team carefully scrutinized every aspects and laid out guidelines for Master Thesis and PhD Dissertation.

Coordinator of Sawla Campus, Mr Gebremedhin Chameno, has displayed great discernment in utilizing organizing skills to make things worked out in this far-flung location. In his interview, he attributes entire credit to one and all for the great beginning, Sawla Campus, poised to have!

On how he navigated through web of challenges, Gebremedhin Chameno, said, ‘‘We faced tough challenges as there was no infrastructure; but we are grateful to Sawla Town and Demba Gofa Administration offices, Gofa Kale Hiwot Church and Sawla Preparatory School for giving us required spaces for the teaching-learning process and other academic activities.’’

AMU has set a unique precedent by organizing its first ever annual research review workshop beginning from 17th to 19th November, 2016, at Main Campus; it further continued at different institute and colleges at their respective campuses for the remaining two days.

Lauding Research Directorate for setting a unique trend, Vice President for Research and Community Service, Dr Guchie Gulie, said such workshop will help to evaluate proposals and to know what is achieved. It’s an excellent opportunity for researchers to take cue from here and enrich their understanding and approach to further create quality research.

He adds, we must analyze ongoing projects’ progress, know outcome of completed ones and imbibe fresh ideas to formulate new projects. Make it a point that every projects needs to be in line with project framework of AMU that ultimately benefit the community.