New Beginning: Gender Integrated Academic Awards at Jimma University

JU’s Women and Youth Affair Office has been awarding female students who have scored high grades for more than a decade. This year too, the Office organized the award ceremony on January 11, 2018 at the newly built Mini-Stadium located at the Main Campus. The primary aim of the award is to motivate female students to achieve better results during their academic stay and further beyond. The Ceremony took place in the presence of Professor Taye Tolemariam, Vice President for Academics, the University’s Senate members and students.   

Professor Taye Tolemariam opened the Ceremony by delivering a congratulating message to the students and to JU’s employees who devotedly have contributed their share in organizing the Ceremony. He noted that education is the master key to open every door toward development, and enabling JU students to be successful demands the participation of all the university academicians, administrators, and service providers’ contributions. Therefore, he underlined, that the students and all the University staff are expected to work together for successful results.






Dr. Asnakech Demise, Director of JU’s Women and Youth Affairs Office said the Award Ceremony was only awarding female students, nevertheless, this year it also included male top achievers. She underlines, the office reconstructed the usual canon of awarding female students for better results because gender Integrated Academic Awards is found to be important to motivate both genders and will significantly contribute to a better gender relations between students. Thus, the office has found it beneficial to make the competition within and between genders.

In addition, she mentioned that both female and male students are expected to deliver in their academic studies and occupational canons. She concluded her remark by thanking the University’s top management in accepting the Office’s proposal to include male students in the yearly Awarding Ceremony.  She said, the office believes this new step will create competitive feelings of achievements within the female students, and between the male and the female students, first in the academic process of the university, and gradually in the country’s occupational process






630 females who scored 3.25 and above cumulative GPA, and 63 male students who scored the highest results in their faculties were awarded during this year’s ceremony, the students were awarded by Professor Taye Tolemariam, the University Academic Affairs V/President; Dr, Tsige Ketema, V/P for Research and Community Service; Dr. Kenenisa Dean, Business and Economics ; Dr. Gemechis File,  Dean, Natural Science College; Professor Debela Hunde V/Dean, Agriculture and Veterinary  Medicine, and Dr. Desalegn Beyene Dean of Student Affair Director respectively.