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AAU Students Graduate with Virtually Held Commencement

Addis Ababa University (AAU) graduated 5,742 students, who were able to conclude their courses in different fields of study, with virtually held commencement on Saturday, 25th July 2020.

According to the information from the Registrar, 244 students (including specializations) graduated with PhD, 3,128 candidates with MA and 2,370 students in Undergraduate programs graduated this year. Twenty seven present (27%) of the graduates are women.

H.E. Sahle Work Zewde, President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, during her congratulatory remarks, appreciated the efforts that AAU and the FDRE government jointly made to women; enroll and successfully graduate with a prominent number better than last year.

H.E. the President, advised the graduates to focus and participate on public and country problem-solving activities on their future overall national involvements.

Professor Tassew Weldehanna, President of AAU, reportedly said the graduates have taken some online courses which could not been taken face-to-face due to COVID-19. The candidates who could not recently cover what is intended for graduation will graduate in October/ November 2020, he added.

This year’s graduates’ thesis and dissertation papers have passed through a tool called URKUND (Anti-Plagiarism Software) checking, and believed to be approved with better quality than any other graduation papers, said Prof Tassew.

AAU has focused on developing modern ICT system in order to resume the teaching-learning process through electronic platforms using online medias like E-mail, Google Meet, Microsoft Teams and others by which lecturers and advisors communicate with their students and share course materials, lecture notes and comments, Prof Tassew further intensified.

As Prof Tassew said, AAU has become one of the top Ten African Universities by publishing more than 1,600 research results on worldwide influential journal articles in the 2019/2020 academic year.

Considering the global widespread of Corona pandemic and the gradual increase of infected citizens in our country, AAU sent its undergraduate students to their families for better safety since March 2020, delivering transport up to the capital cities of regions, Prof Tassew stated.

According to Prof Tassew, AAU has been engaged in health and consultancy services, conducting different trainings, funding charitable donations, delivering quarantine services in its seven campuses and other supportive activities via its Community Service Programs.

AAU has allocated 10 million Birr to carry research on COVID-19 which may help to find solutions to eradicate the pandemic, and established membership with the Global Research Team working to find medicine and vaccination for the virus, said Prof Tassew.

Supporting the “National Food Sharing Campaign”, AAU persuaded its community to contribute 4.6 million Birr from their salaries to help citizens with low incomes, and facilitated 2.6 million Birr gained from Water and Environmental Development Centers to be donated to Addis Ababa City Administration and Gambella Region, according to Prof Tassew’s report.

Professor Tassew stated that AAU has been contributing consultancy services via its assigned team and helping its scholars to conduct research and participate in discussions on the overall issues of the matter so that Ethiopia could build GERD with strong passion withstanding internal and external influences.

Professor Tassew finally said, “Dear graduates; today beyond any other days, I advise you to promise for yourselves to stand with great determination for our country’s peace and unity, shoulder your national responsibilities expected from you and collaborate with our people and government to fight various challenges instigated by COVID-19, which all I believe that you will.”

By: Abraham Girmay

Photo: Fikremariam Beyene