Unity Vice President Underlines Significance of Orientation Programme
Ato Demmelash Chekole, Vice President for Registration, Programming and Student Affairs, Unity University, advised Freshman students that they should pay special attention to issues raised during Freshman Orientation Programme, so that they would be able to make their stay in the University worthwhile. Ato Demmelash made the statement on October 15, 2016, at the Orientation Programme, organised by the Student Affairs Office of the University.
Speaking on the occasion, which was held in the Conference Hall of Unity University, Ato Demmelash underlined, “This is an important occasion for freshman students to meet all pertinent University organs and thereby get detailed information about life in the University. What is left from this Programme, you can get from the Notice Boards, which you should develop the habit to regularly check.” Having said this, the Vice President went into detailed account of areas that require special attention, namely, the Academic Calendar of the University; location of the Classrooms (Gerji Main Campus); and Registration Procedures, some of which the students had already completed.
In this connection, Ato Demmelash outlined division of the Academic Year into two major semesters and the Summer Session; the course load per semester; and the need to consider course prerequisites during registration and add and drop; while also taking note of avoiding clashes during class and examination scheduling. He also reminded the students that all classes would be conducted on the premises of Gerji Main Campus. The Vice President outlined the necessary steps in the Registration Procedure as well as Withdrawal and Readmission processes. Moreover, Ato Demmelash reminded students who transferred from other institutions of higher education to make their official transcripts available in good time to enhance the exemption of courses.
In his welcome address earlier on, Dr. Butte Gotu, Deputy President, Unity University, welcomed the capacity audience and expressed his gratitude to the students for choosing Unity University from among public and private universities in the country. He said, “You might have your own reasons for choosing to join Unity University from among all public and private institutions of higher learning in the country. We are very pleased to say that you made the right decision; and we are grateful for that.” Dr. Butte expressed the conviction that there is the possibility that the students could last longer with Unity University. He reiterated, “Unity University offers both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Upon successful completion of your undergraduate courses, I believe, you will continue your postgraduate studies here at Unity.”
Furthermore, the Deputy President briefly talked about the various campuses of Unity University and informed the students that if they are not content with one campus, they always have the chance to transfer to another campus, since the courses offered in all campuses as well as the Instructors who give them are the same. Dr. Butte added that in line with its General Education Programme, Unity University had taken the initiative to undertake schooling from KG, through Primary and Secondary education to Preparatory, and subsequently, university level. “This will provide you with the opportunity to bring your younger siblings to Unity Academy.”, he added.
Also speaking on their part were Ato Terfassa Digga, Dean, Student Affairs, Ato Abraham Semunigus, Librarian, Ato Daniel Bellete, University Clinic, a representative of the University Students’ Union. They reflected on the various services provided and the activities undertaken in their respective areas and encouraged students to actively participate.