Orientation Programme Puts Emphasis on Need To Observe Rules, Regulations
Unity University observes the law of the land and its own internal rules and regulations in undertaking its teaching-learning operations. You are also expected to adhere to the same in the course of your stay in the University. This statement was made by Dr. Birhanu Sisay, Senior Deputy President, Responsible for Gerji Main Campus, addressing students at the Freshman Orientation Programme, held on October 14, 2017, in the Conference Hall of the University.
Addressing the capacity audience of freshman students, Dr. Birhanu recalled the early years of Unity University, which started a quarter of a century back, as Language School. He further outlined the subsequent growth of the institution into the pioneer private higher education institution by way of offering Diploma Programmes. Dr. Birhanu went into how the University continued to offer first and second degree programmes to attain full-fledged University status through accreditation from the Federal Ministry of Education.
Speaking about the current status of the University, the Senior Deputy President pointed out that the University currently offers six Post Graduate and 14 Undergraduate Programmes, in its five Campuses, namely, Gerji, Mekanissa and Burayu-Geferssa, here in Addis Ababa, and two more in Adama and Dessie. Dr. Birhanu also made note of the focus areas of the University, which involved Leadership, Engineering and Technology, Health, Agriculture (Horticulture and Animal Production and Technology) and General Education.
As regards General Education, Dr. Birhanu made note of the Motto of the University, which upholds Quality Education. In this connection, he talked about the strategy, which puts emphasis on the input; that is, working on ensuring quality of students that join the University. He underlined that with this in view, the University had ventured into offering education from Pre-KG to Preparatory level. Dr. Birhanu pointed out that currently, there are three branches of Unity Academy offering Pre-KG up to Grade 8; and plan is underway to extend the education to Preparatory level in the coming years. He also mentioned about the Executive Training Programme, which offers various on-the-job short-term trainings, which aimed at refreshing knowledge and skills of employees and introducing new ways of doing things through exchange of experiences.
In conclusion, Dr. Birhanu advised the students to carefully listen to the briefings to be offered by various Units of the University during the Orientation Programme; and strictly adhere to the Rules and Regulations of the University. He said, “What we expect from you is discipline and hard work in your studies. Please, observe the rules and regulations of the University and work hard. We are all prepared to help you and give you every support you need to make your stay here successful.”
This was followed by briefings by the various Units of the University. Speaking on his part, Ato Demmelash Chekole, Vice President for Enrollment Management Programming and Student Affairs Services, gave a detailed account of Academic Programmes and Registration-related Procedures, such as Academic Calendar, and Schedules, Location of Classes and other Service Centres, as well as Registration-related Procedures. He also spoke about the Structure and Facilities of the University.
Other briefings were by Ato Tariku Bisrat and Dr. Tibebe Taffesse, who talked about Business, Economics and Social Sciences College, and Engineering, Technology and Computational Sciences College, respectively; as well as Ato Abraham Semunigus and Ato Daniel Bellete, who spoke about the Libraries and the Clinic, respectively. Ato Rahmetu Beyene, Manager, Student Affairs Services, and a representative of the University Students’ Union were also scheduled to brief the gathering. Ato Rahmetu was to talk about Student Guidance, Counseling and other Services, Internship and Placement Services, as well as Disciplinary Offences and Penalties; whereas the Students’ Union Representative was supposed to talk about on-Campus activities and the need for active participation of students in the various Clubs.