On 9th January 2016, at AMU a new phenomenon occurred. On the day, official demureness & administrative snarl went missing as bonhomie and heart-to-heart talk pervaded the atmosphere promising the foundation of mutual trust between university and international staff. Click here to see the pictures.

Felicitating six outstanding expat staff at Main Campus, President, Dr Feleke Woldeyes, urged the expatriates to come out of the class-room to impact local community by involving in research and community service. He asked for national and international-level contributions, saying today’s recognition was just the beginning.
In order to acknowledge the contribution of deceased expat staff Balakrishnan M S, AMU has decided to name Electrical Communication Laboratory after the departed soul. He lauded Indians for immense contributions and Australian surgeon, Dr Barry Hicks, for immeasurable medical and humanitarian services.
In 12 years’ time, Ethiopia has become one of the fastest growing economies in the world, where quality, technology transfer, adaptation; research and community service are the buzz words of development. Soon under incentive system, best performer will be rewarded, he said.
Academic Affairs Vice President, Dr Damtew Darza, acknowledging the degree of teaching services at the expected level, called upon expats to scale up role in research and community service.
Research and Community Service Vice President, Dr Guchie Gulie, said, you are delivering praiseworthy services by equipping our students with skills. At this juncture, Ethiopia’s Growth and Transformation Plan-II that gives special attention to Research and Community Service and technology transfer, need you to contribute for the overall achievement of university’s goal.
Vice President for Administration, Dr Yechale Kebede, opening the program said, the role of expat is undeniably important for the fulfillment of university’s goal and objective.
The program began with Corporate Communication Directorate Director, Mr Fissiha Bekele, addressing the crowd; believed expats would certainly harness their rich academic credentials to strengthen the important pillars of development in university.
Australian surgeon, Dr Barry Leon Hicks, for his exemplary medical services in Arba Minch General Hospital and Dr Aseer Manilal for excelling in medical microbiology and related arena from College of Medicine and Health Science bagged the honor.
Eminent plant breeder from India, Prof. Abdul Khan of College of Agricultural Sciences was felicitated for his path-breaking research in sugarcane and developing linkage with sugar units.
Prof. Durga Prasad Sharma, from Computer Science & IT for outstanding research contributions, Dr Eliezer Manus and Mr Rajendra Kunwar of Architecture & Urban Planning, IoT, were rewarded for community service endeavor.
Expressing gratefulness towards university authorities, all awardees, said it was satisfying to get acknowledged and vow to put in their best for the betterment of university.

(By Corporate Communication Directorate: Philips Joseph)