Graduation Ceremony 2016/2017 

Madda Walabu University has graduated 3533 students in different fields of studies on July 1, 2017 in a colorful ceremony in 

the presence of distinguished guests and families of the graduates. Among the total graduates, 56 were Masters, 1331 in PGDT

 certificate and 2146 in First degree Programs. Of the total graduates 1243 of them were female students.

H.E. Dr.Habtamu Teka, President of MWU, while addressing an opening speech, has welcomed the 
invited guests, families of 
the graduates and he has expressed his best wishes to the graduating students

Dr.Habtamu has presented the major activities and achievements MWU in the academic year of 2016/2017 and he has also made a comprehensive speech about the university’s academic, research  and community service activities performed in the past academic year by the following message.


Guest of honor of the ceremony, H.E. Dr. Gamedo Dalle, FDRE Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister and 
Board Chairperson of MWU, congratulated the students and said that graduation is the result of years of hard work, dedication, and commitment by students, parents, teachers, and the university community. Since the country enacted its growth and transformation plan, we are witnessing remarkable achievements in real GDP growth at all levels. To continue this development, he says, a lot is expected from today’s graduates to realize our economic vision, which is becoming a middle income country by 2025. He further add the following messages,

During the ceremony,Mr.Sano Kadir,Directorate of Registrar and Alumni Director presented the graduates in their respective colleges and high scorer students from each department has received awards from the university management and the guest of honors of the ceremony.

The university Music team/ band/ graced the event with iconic song “enkuan des alachu” which translates ‘Happy to congratulations!’. 

Photo of well coming of honor guest at the main Gate.

At the end of the graduation ceremony, the Guest honor graduates the Madda Walabu University Administrative Building.

Message from Semeneh Bessie Desta (PhD)

Vice President for Research, Community Engagement and Technology Transfer

Dear graduates,

On my behalf and that of the research, community engagement and technology transfer vice president office, I would like to congratulate you for successful accomplish of your academic race and qualifying your Bachelor of degree despite the stiff national competition. I know that it was no easy task, and you therefore deserve my admiration and congratulations. Dear graduates, I would like to remind you that you have a major challenge ahead of you. This challenge is to excel and live up to the expectations of your parents and the entire Ethiopian people.  In this respect, I would like to urge each graduate to establish his/her vivid future goals and interests, which must be consistent with the objectives of the country. As students of Madda Walabu University, when you join to the real life situation, you must uphold certain basic values. Some of these will include: respect for the rights of citizens, honesty and integrity in all dealings, commitment to fight corruption, and accountability for your actions and for your conduct.

Dear graduates, let me at this occasion, indicate to you the revitalized vision of Madda walabu University  which is "Everything is Possible With People” believing that whatsoever difficulty and challenges we face, whatsoever resources constraints we encountered, together with people we can realize our shared vision. It is our strong belief that after you leave this campus you must be aware of our mission and vision. I hope you will always keep in your mind our motto and our university.  

Dear graduates, our previous graduates of Madda Walabu University have been serving our citizen in various government and non-government organizations. They work in financial institutions, they work in transport sectors, they work in social and economic sectors, and they work in privet sectors and NGOs and so on. However, as the number of graduates in our country is dramatically growing from year to year government job opportunities become scarce. Therefore, what is important for you is to become competent and be able to efficiently utilize all the available job opportunities created by the government without undermining the nature and types of the offered jobs. On the other hand, you need to develop the skill and attitudes of entrepreneurship.  Believe me this is the way how the current civilized countries are being developed.

Dear MWU graduates, I have one final brotherly advice for your future life. Today, the most devastating health and social problem confronting our community is still the HIV/AIDS pandemic, which has continued to afflict many youth in our country. Despite commendable progress in research, of which scholars are playing the most significant role, AIDs still has no cure. In this regard, I would like to strongly urge you to take care of this risk and respect to yourselves, your friend and your associates. As you may know the only sure way of protecting yourself is abstinence. If, however, you must do it, get realistic and practice safe and protected sex. Further, I strongly advise you to establish your HIV status through getting tested. If you are HIV-negative, passionately protect your status. Otherwise, if you are HIV-positive, get into a health care administration. There are many Voluntary Counseling and testing (VCT) centers in any health centers in the country, including our own University. Please take advantage of them.

Thank you and God bless you all. Once again congratulation!

Welcome and Keynote Speech by Dr. Habtamu Teka (PhD)

Madda Walabu University, President


Thank you,  ladies and   gentlemen!

First of all, on behalf of Madda Walabu University, it is my privilege and honor to welcome you to the 4th annual conference on “INDIGINIOUS CONFLICT RESOLUTION IN ETHIOPIA” hosted by Madda Walabu University in collaboration with Ministry of culture and Tourism. The main objective of this conference is disseminating research outputs on indigenous conflict resolution mechanisms and to create a platform for discussion and debate among academicians, policy makers and practitioners regarding conflict resolution, conflict management, conflict transformation, and conflict mediation in Ethiopia. Therefore, on this conference researchers and academicians from universities, national and international organizations working on conflict prevention, mitigation and resolution, peace and security experts at federal, regional and zonal levels, community leaders and elders are expected to attend. 

Dear conference participants, let me give you few highlights of Madda Walabu University. MWU is second generation public university located in Robe town, 430 kilometers Northeast of Addis Ababa. Currently, the university has three campuses; the main campus located in the Robe town comprising five colleges and institute of technology. The Goba Campus located Goba town comprising health and medical schools, and Goba referral hospital. At this point I want to mention that identifying the existing infrastructural challenges in our Referral Hospital, currently the university is striving to expand and establish a modern hospital in Goba referral Hospital.  Shashemene campus is our third campus launched in July 3/2016.

MWU has also its biannual academic Journal called Journal of Equity and Sustainable Development launched in April 2017. The University has more than 925 faculty and 1524 administrative staff members. It also has three research centers located at Robe, Ginir and Madda Walabu districts. Presently, the university educates about 17,000 students in 44 undergraduate and 26 postgraduate programs in regular, summer and distance education with more enrollments in the years to come.

Ladies and gentlemen,

Since UNESCO has announced our Gada system as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, Madda Walabu University has been tirelessly working to uplift this indigenous democratic, socio-political system of the Oromo people. In this regard, today I have good news that I must declare to all the conference participants. As it can be remembered, six month ago, Madda Walabu University made a commitment to complete Odda Roba cultural design. As per our promise, today I would like to kindly inform you that Odda Roba cultural design is currently completed and ready to submit to the Oromia culture and tourism bureau, and Aba Gaddas. One should understand that the process was not easy rather it was time taking and resource demanding. However, with the commitment of our committee and a strong monitoring and follow up of our management it became to the reality. At this juncture, On behalf of Madda Walabu University I want to congratulate all individuals and committee members for achieving this impressive millstone. On concluding of this conference, you are also invited to attend the handover process of the Odda Roba cultural design.


Dear participants

Ladies and gentlemen

Madda Walabu University’s capacity to host national conference has been radically improving from time to time. For instance, only this year our university has been organizing about ten national level events including this conference. We believe even though this kind of commitment is crucial, that we want to continue to host events like this conference, even if difficult, our commitment and effective communication help us to create a more inclusive environment for our partners, local communities and the nation.

The theme of this conference is “Indigenous Conflict Resolutions in Ethiopia”. I believe that this theme will give the chance to reflect and share knowledge and experiences you have in order to help better conflict and conflict resolution mechanism in our country. I think this conference theme derives from the hope of Ethiopia’s desire to stability, peace and economic growth, and I hope the presentation and exchanges will yield useful ideas and policy recommendations. 

Looking at the program, I am confident that everyone participating in the conference will benefit from your time spent here. To those of you who work and teach at Madda Walabu University, let us take what we learn from the conference to strengthen our university conflict resolution culture and practices. I believe that you will find the conference presentations educationally informative, intellectually stimulating and culturally enriching. Hence, I sincerely invite you, especially our post graduate and under graduate students to actively participate, ask questions, share your own ideas and make positive connections with the experts. 

Dear participants,

It is obvious that due to individual differences on the basis of cultural background, learning styles, personality etc. emergence of conflicts amongst people in various levels is inevitable.  This means conflict is in the world all around us. We see it at home, we see it at work place, and we see it at school. The interesting question is therefore to have a good knowledge on conflict management that helps us in limiting the negative aspects of conflict while increasing the positive features of conflict. This can be done by reconciliation or alienation of the conflict. And yet conflicts should be resolved before they get to the destruction phase. Studies show that indigenous societies have traditional peace making and peace building roles as they are involved in mediating and preventing conflicts within and between societies. For example, our Gadaa system, an institution developed for guiding the social, political, economic and religious life of the Oromo people in Ethiopia can be taken as the best experiences in managing resources such as water in conflict resolution among individuals and communities. 

Dear participants, let me take a more practical scenario in our country. In many of pastoral areas drought occurs on a regular basis. As a result, pastoral land use depends on scarce water supply from the rivers and ground water. Consequently, both intra and inter-ethnic conflicts over the use of natural resources are common in these areas. However, there also exist various informal institutions in these areas that have their own customary methods of settling conflicts. In this regard, the Gadaa institution of conflict resolution is one that deserves attention. According to my belief, if this indigenous knowledge is appropriately utilized, it can be a means through which conflict can be resolved and sustainable development can be realized.

In this perspective, despite the scare resources we have, Madda Walabu University has been doing its best level to uplift the culture of Oromo people trough research and community service activities in its catchment areas.

Dear participants, I hope you will enjoy your time at Madda Walabu University, and that you find the conference topics to be enlightening, challenging and thoughtful. Dear my staff members, you are really doing important and hard work, and there is nothing that I can express how impressed I am with your effort to build a more peaceful country in general, a more peaceful university in particular.

A lot of people contributed for the success of this conference: I want to recognize paper presenters who travel long distance from different directions of the country. Thank you all for taking time to speak, present, participate, and anyone in attendance. Your time is really valuable for us.

Lastly, I would like to thank our partners, collaborators especially Federal Ministry of culture and tourism for choosing our university and invest on such important initiatives. I am also thankful to regional and zonal culture and tourism bureaus who are contributing to our strength. May I take this opportunity to thank all who worked very hard to materialize the conference, particularly the vice president for research and community engagement office, college of social sciences and humanities, and conference organizing committee. 

Now, on behalf of Madda Walabu University and myself, please join me to officially declare the conference is open!

“Everything is possible with people”

Thank you very much!



መደ ወላቡ ዩኒቨርሲቲ ጎባ ሪፈራል ሆስፒታል ሚያዚያ 28/2009 ዓ .ም. በመደበኛ መርሃ ግብር ያሰለጠናቸውን 37 የህክምና ዶክተሮች ለመጀመሪያ ጊዜ አስመረቀ፡፡

በእለቱ በክብር እንግድነት የተገኙት የጤና ጥበቃ ሚኒስተር ተወካይና የሰው ሃብት ልማት ጄኔራል ዳይሬክቶሬት ዳይሬክተር ዶክተር ጌታቸው ቶሌራ በትምህርታቸው ብልጫ ላመጡ ተመራቂዎች የዋንጫና የሜዳሊያ ሽልማት አበርክተዋል፡፡

ዶክተር ጌታቸው በወቅቱ እንደገለፁት መንግስት በሀገርቱ የሚታየውን የህክምና በለሙያዎችን እጥረት በማቃለል ጥራት ያለው የጤና አገልግሎትን ለመህበረሰቡ ተደራሽ ለማድረግ በትኩረት እየሰራ ይገኛል ብለዋል፡፡

የዩኒቨርሲቲው ፕሬዝዳንት ዶክተር ሀብታሙ ተካ በበኩላቸው ዩኒቨርሲቲው ከ2007 ዓ.ም. ጀምሮ የጎባ ሪፈራል ሆስፒታል ያለበትን የህክምና ባለሙያዎች እጥረት ለማቃለልና ክህሎት ለማዳበር እያደረገ በለው ጥረት ወደ ሌላ አከባቢ በሪፈራል የሚላኩ ህሙማን በራስ አቅም ማከም እየተቻለ መሆኑን ጠቁመዋል፡፡

የጎባ ሪፈራል ሆስፒታል ዋና ዳይሬክተር ዶክተር አቡበከር ከድር በበኩላቸው ሪፈራል ሆስፒታሉ በአሁኑ ወቅት ከህክምና ዶክተሮች በተጨማሪ በጤና መኮንንነት በአምስት የጤና ዘርፎች ከ1ሺ600 በላይ ተማሪዎችን ተቀብሎ በማስተማር ላይ ይገኛል ብለዋል፡፡

በከፍተኛ መዕረግ ከተመረቁት መካከል ዶክተር አዲሱ ቂጤሳ በሰጡት አስተያየት “በተማርኩበት ሙያ ቦታን ሳልመርጥ መህበረሰቡን ለማገልገል ዝግጁ ነኝ ” ብለዋል፡፡

ሌላዋ ሴት ተመራቂ ዶ/ር ስንዱ ተስፋዬ በበኩሏ “ ራሴን በየጊዜው በማብቃት ህብረተሰቡ ከኔ የሚፈልገውን ጥራት ያለውን ህክምና አገልግሎት ለመስጠት ዝግጁ ነኝ ” ብላለች፡፡

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