Adama University is being developed as a model university for Ethiopia emphasizing economic development according to the German paradigm. Thus German approaches serve as archetypes in many respects. There decorating and appreciating outstanding personalities, friends and supporters of a university are events widely recognized in the society.
As Adama University follows the German paradigm, on July 10, 2010 it introduced a new tradition, namely to decorate and appreciate outstanding personalities, friends and supporters of the university. On that date the highly prestigious academic distinction of Honorary Senator was introduced and awarded.