Adama Science & Technology University, colorfully graduated 1844 students on July 7, 2018. Out of the total number of graduates, 1769 saw through their undergraduate degrees while the remaining 75 were postgraduate of which one (1) student earned his PhD. The number of female graduates accounts 22%.
Guest of honor of the ceremony H.E. Dr. Engineer Getahun Mekuria, Minister of Science & Technology, handed out degrees and awards for most outstanding graduates.
Dr. Lemi Guta, President of Adama Science & Technology University, warmly congratulated the graduates and families. He stated that the university is taking the leading role in producing skilled manpower that can help to transform the country. He further reaffirmed that the university is diligently working to become research hub in science & technology.
The president also noted that the university is undertaking initiatives for improving, teaching-learning, university-industry linkage, research, community service, and technology transfer to make its contribution in accelerating the transformation of the country.
Extending his congratulation message to all graduates, H.E. Dr. Engineer Getahun Mekuria, Minister of Science & Technology, acknowledged ASTU’s unmatched contribution in producing skilled engineers for the country. He stated that the appointment of Dr. Abiy Ahmed as Prime Minister of the country has created conducive condition for galvanizing the economic development of the nation. He further noted that to emancipate the country from poverty and transform to holistic prosperity, the government has set strategies and policies that will pave the way for its achievement.
“The overall economic revolution underway in the country can be realized through well educated and competent manpower that can bring breakthrough in transforming the intended agrarian economy to industry led economy,” the minister stated.
Present on the ceremony were state ministers, bureau heads and invited guests. The program was televised live on OBN.
Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) hosts its 3rd National Exhibition entitled, “Science, technology and Innovation for Rapid Structural Transformation and Sustainable Development in Ethiopia.” The Exhibition was held from November 13-15, 2017 at MoST compound.
In the Exhibition, different public and private organizations participated. Researchers and innovators have shown their ability to create, develop and make practical use of new scientific discoveries that contribute for the national economic growth.
The exhibition was officially opened by Deputy Prime Minister, H.E Ato Demeke Mekonen. He said that public higher learning institutions, research institutes, private sectors constitute an essential part in creating new technologies and innovation. But they need to have closer links to business and the public sector in order to find practical applications for new scientific discoveries and to transfer knowledge. He also urged relevant government offices to establish value chain system for these public institutions and private sectors.
Exhibition presenters from Adama Science and Technology University displayed multipurpose cutting and grinding machine for ceramic, terrazzo, tiles, metals, wood and floor covering materials, ceramic water filter, automated electronic switch, vital event recording software, health center clinic management system and different architectural models.
H.E Eng. Dr. Getahun Mekuriya, Minister for Ministry of Science and Technology mentioned that the Ministry is providing substantial research to researchers and innovators once their proposal is accepted and believed to support the socio economic development of the country. He added that identifying successful innovative ideas and spreading of best practices among universities, research institutes and the society at large would be given much attention by the Ministry.
The exhibition was concluded on November 18, 2017 at African Union Hall by awarding best researchers and innovators from different public and private sectors.
Adama Science and Technology University Students have supported people evacuated from the Oromia and Ethiopian Somali regions boarder due-to conflict.
The students have made the support by saving about 322,560 birr from their lunch budget and collecting 33,295 birr through fund raising campaign from limited money sent them from their parents to reach for the victims residing at different stations in Adama City.
Representatives of the students have handed over the collected items to H.E W/ro Adanech Abebe, Mayor of Adama City, in the presence of H.E Dr. Eng. Gethaun Mekuria, Minister of the Ministry of Science and Technology, Dr. Lemi Guta, President of Adama Science and Technology University and other government officials.
According to Megerssa Diriba, one of the students’ representatives, food, bottled water, canned nutritional milk, food oil, clothes, sanitary materials, and exercise books are donated to the victims. He added that students will keep on engaging in such kind of humanitarian activities.
H.E Dr. Eng. Gethaun Mekuria acknowledged the students’ effort which he said could be taken as the best model to other Higher Learning Institutions students in Ethiopia.
President of the University, Dr. Lemi Guta, has also appreciated the students for their self initiative humanitarian activity and promised to continuously support the victims in their future endeavors.
It is recalled that, the university has donated 5.6 million birr from monthly salary of its academic and admin staff. It has also supported 65 beds, 135 mattresses, 80 food plates and 24 cooking dishes. On top of money and material support, the university has assigned health and sanitary personnel that would serve the victims in Adama City.
On the occasion, students have shown their compassion by visiting the victims in their respective shades, cleaning the compound and washing the victims’ clothes.
Mayor of Adama City, H.E W/Zo Adanech Habebe expressing her gratitude for the love and the heart of humanity the students as part of the new generations have shown said, the regional government is working to settle the innocent people evacuated from their resource and family without committing any crime. She remarked that there is nothing impossible to be changed if people with positive minds are united to do good things like standing by the victims of the illegal eviction.
Ethiopian Space Science Society in collaboration with Astrobus Ethiopia Project outreach Program has successfully conducted one day conference at Adama Science and Technology University, Café Number 1 meeting hall.
Organizers of the event explained that Astrobus-Ethiopia is a mobile astronomy outreach program that is carried out by driving a bus to travel three main cities (Adama, Hawassa, and Addis Ababa) and six towns starting from October 21, 2017. The program was organized by a group of Ethiopian astronomers currently working in South Africa, Europe, and America.
, Dr. Lemi Guta, President of the Adama Science and Technology University in his opening speech on the occasion mentioned that Astrobus Ethiopia project is aimed to promote the education of astronomy, technology and scientific thinking among the society. He added that ASTU Space Technology Institute is also working hard in making the Nano satellite sharing the experience from researchers and professors invited from the Republic of Korea.
According to Dr. Yabebal Fantaye, a cosmologist with main focus on the analysis of the cosmic microwave background data and staff member of the University of Cape Town in South Africa, the campaign is expected to promote astronomy Education and Public Outreach (EPO), and stimulate a culture of scientific thinking through the use of exciting astronomy activities, develop astronomy outreach material in two major Ethiopian languages (Amharic and Affan Oromo), inspire the youth by interacting with role model scientists, develop a network of outreach programs and establish astronomy research collaboration internationally.
Dr. Nebiha Shafi, an astrophysicist with extensive experience in radio astronomy and postdoctoral researcher at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa said that, the team will also make public interaction in main squares, and provide science counseling and advertise science fair.
The activities during the program include lectures about the universe, galaxy, and the solar system, and sky watching sessions where invited people look at the stars, the moon and planets through small telescopes. She said that the idea is an effective approach to reach out the general public in a creative and inspiring way for promoting astronomy and in general igniting scientific curiosity which in turn drives socio-economic development in Ethiopia.
It was mentioned that Astrobus Ethiopia Project outreach program was planned to be held for ten consecutive days (from October 20, 2017 to October 29, 2017).