From 17-18 November, at the UNECA conference hall in Addis Ababa, an award ceremony that characterizes the technological advances of Ethiopia was held. The National Science and Technology award ceremony showcases the top scholars and institutions in the fields of research and innovation. UoG, amongst various competitors, was awarded 4 gold medals. The Ethiopian Ministry of Science and Technology organized the event.
The University of Gondar has been able to achieve much more than expected in the past 2 years. Winning amongst the first generation universities and maintaining the top standard of quality for consecutive years has been a great honor and joy. On 18 November the University of Gondar has added to its accolades once more by demonstrating its dedication to innovative technology.
Dr. Samuel Sahile, Mr. Abuhay Wubshet, Ms. Emebet Kibkab, and Ms. Aziza Aumer, who are staff and students at UoG, have been awarded gold medals for their innovative ideas and concepts in the field of science.
H.E, Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Hailemariam Desalegn, Ethiopia’s Science and Technology minister Dr. Eng. Getahun Mekuria and Prof. Afework Kasu, deputy minister of science and technology, were amongst the honored guest who presented the medals to the finalists.
Dr. Samuel, a lecturer at N.C.Sc College and post graduate coordination directorate director, was awarded gold for his innovative methods in producing beer from a local crop called ‘dagusa’. Producing such a beverage may change the way we see beer as we know it.
In addition, Abuhay Wubshet, who is an MSc student at UoG, has also garnered gold for his innovative techniques in creating battery chemicals for laptop computers and by producing a proficient bathroom detergent. His work has been broadcasted all throughout Ethiopia and is being recognized as an essential necessity for the development of the country.
Amongst other UoG winners, Emebet Kibkab, who is also a master’s student, created an anti-rust substance that will keep metal clean from rusting. And finally, UoG MSc student, Aziza Aumer created a digital note board that would transform the way people read announcements. Her concept acts like a smart board and digitizes information so that it could be disseminated in a much more efficient manner. This undoubtedly will decrease the use of conventional wasted paper.
Numerous public and private sector institutions were competing to gain recognition for their work.
The University of Gondar has achieved what no other university has by being awarded 4 gold medals for its work in innovation. This will only strengthen UoG’s commitment to strive at a much more competitive level to accelerate the growth of Ethiopia and the broader community via research and innovation.
By Samuel Malede| Public and International Relations Directorate