Ethiopia’s Addis Ababa University: A Timeless History

Ethiopia’s Addis Ababa University: A Timeless History

Ethiopia's Addis Ababa University: A Timeless History

Here in this new post, i will present you with; Ethiopia’s Addis Ababa University: A Timeless History. We will be treating 6 important sections as outlined here below:

Section 1:  The founding of Addis Ababa University
Section 2: The campus and buildings
Section 3: The students and alumni
Section 4: The academic programs
Section 5: The research conducted at Addis Ababa University
Section 6: The impact of Addis Ababa University on Ethiopian society

Ethiopia’s Addis Ababa University (AAU) is a national university with a timeless history. Founded in 1950, AAU has been a beacon of education and research in Ethiopia ever since. It is the oldest university in the country, and has seen many students pass through its hallowed halls, who have gone on to make significant contributions to the nation and beyond. This blog post will explore the history and significance of Addis Ababa University, and how it continues to shape the future of Ethiopia.


The founding of Addis Ababa University

The country’s oldest university, Addis Ababa University, was founded in 1950 as University College of Addis Ababa. In 1961 it was restructured and renamed Haile Selassie I University, and in 1975 it adopted its present name.


The campus and buildings

AAU campuses

1. Sidist Kilo Campus(Main Campus)
This campus houses the following colleges and Institutes

2. Yekatit 12 campus

3. CBE Campus

4. Yared School Campus

5. Amist Kilo Campus

6. Arat Kilo campus

7. Abune Petros Campus

8. Tikur Anbessa Campus

9. Commerce School Campus

10. Lideta Campus

11. Akaki Campus

12. Bishoftu Campus

13. Salale Campus

14. Art School Campus

15. Sefere Selam Campus      

The students and alumni

Addis Ababa University Alumni Registration Announcement

Office of External Relations, Partnerships and Communications has successfully completed its preparation for the launching of Alumni Association of Addis Ababa University in 2012/19 academic year.

Therefore, all AAU graduates since its establishment, Active students of AAU in different campuses, faculties, institutes, current & former administrative and academic staff are cordially invited to register online in the Alumni Association of AAU by completing the required information in the attached registration form Link below.

Thank you in advance for your swiftness in completing the form and reconnecting yourself to this prestigious research and graduate university ranked among top 10 best Universities in Africa in 2019.

Addis Ababa University, our nation’s pride invites all alumni to work together to make our university one of the top 10 ranked world research and graduate universities.

AAU Alumni Registration form >>

 The academic programs

Undergraduate Programs of AAU Student Information

This student guidebook is prepared to inform students about the various colleges, schools and departments at Addis Ababa University so that they will make appropriate decision while making their field of study choice.

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See The Full Guideline Below: HERE

Addis Ababa University Senate Approves Different Programs

The Senate (the ruling body) of Addis Ababa University (AAU) approved full professorship of scholars, the 2022/23 academic calendar and new and revised postgraduate programs curricula at Nelson Mandela Memorial Hall today, 13th of September 2022.

The Senate approved the full professorship of seven candidates, i.e. one from each Colleges of Health Sciences (CHS), Social Sciences (CSS), Veterinary Medicine and Agriculture (CVMA) and four from Natural and Computational Sciences (CNCS).

Based on the full professorship approval of the AAU Senate, while Dr. Girma Syoum is the one from CHS, Dr. Assefa Abegaz and Dr. Teshale Sori are from CSS and CVMA respectively. The rest four, Dr. Syoum Leta, Dr. Hassen Mamo, Dr. Feleke Zewge and Dr. Gurja Belay are from CNCS.

Information from the Senate Executive Committee (SEC) indicated that the professorship process passed through several evaluation stages focused on the activities of the candidates like effective teaching, publications, participation in AAU affairs, Community Engagement, assessors’ evaluations and the like.

The AAU registrar indicated that the University’s academic calendar of the 2022/23 academic year goes from the 3rd of November 2022 to the 2nd of June 2023, pushed for about a month due to the University to be cleared from the 08th to the 27th of October 2022 for the National Examination of Grade 12.

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Besides to the approval of professorship for seven professionals and the academic calendar of 2022/23, the Senate also accepted the recommendation of endorsement for eight new and four revised graduate programs curricula proposed by different colleges.

According to the information from the Senate, those curricula went through rigorous process of approval at different levels including the evaluation of internal and external assessors. Those new graduate programs in particular had gone though needs assessment process and validation (stakeholders’ consultative) workshops, the information added.

The approved graduate programs are the following:

  1. MSc. in Poultry Health and Management (New)
  2. PhD in Disaster Risk Management and Development (New)
  3. Sub-speciality in Colorectal Surgery Fellowship Program (New)
  4. MA in Translation (New)
  5. MA in Ethiopian Languages and Development (New)
  6. PhD in Civil Engineering (Road and Transport Engineering) (New)
  7. PhD in Industrial Management (New)
  8. PhD in International Business and Strategy (New)
  9. PhD in Water and Health (Revised)
  10. MSc. in Water and Health (Revised)
  11. PhD in Water and Resources Engineering and Management (Revised)
  12. MSc. in Water Resource Engineering and Management (Revised)

Clarifications from Professor Tassew Weldehanna, the President of AAU, Emebet Mulugeta, Academic Vice President of the University and other representatives from the registrar and the respective colleges of the University, were given for issues raised by the participants related to the professorship process, the academic calendar and the new as well as the revised postgraduate programs curricula.

Call for admissions to MA and PhD programs in Federalism and Governance for 2022/23 AY

The Centre for Federalism and Governance Studies (CFGS), one of the centers within the College of Law and Governance Studies of AAU, will admit students to its MA and PhD programs in Federalism and Governance for the 2022/23 AY. The Center has significantly revised its MA program curriculum, and this has been approved by the Senate in its meeting held on July 13th 2022. CFGS would like to invite interested applicants to apply for these programs in the upcoming academic year.

Call for Application for Graduate Programs at the Ethiopian Institute of Water Resources, AAU

The Ethiopian Institute of Water Resources (EIWR) is one of the Research Institutes under the Addis Ababa University. The Institute offers PhD and MSc programs in two tracks and five specializations related to water, and conducts multi-disciplinary research in water and related fields. The Institute offers the following MSc and PhD programs, and invites applicants for the 2022/23 Academic year.

See The Full Announcement Below:HERE

The research conducted at Addis Ababa University


Addis Ababa University Library has organized Three Training Sessions

Addis Ababa University Library in collaboration with the research and Graduate program office has conducted three consecutive trainings in open access publishing, Identification of reputable journals and online Journal management for Addis Ababa University staffs and postgraduate students. The training sessions were organized after conducting a need assessment about the emerging library services.

  1. Open access publishing and predatory journal identification training was given for Postgraduate students on January 04, 2023, at Kennedy Library. This training is conducted by Dr.Melkamu Beyene (i.e. AAU Chief Librarian). The training has aimed in creating awareness about the emerging paradigm shifts in scholarly communication and predatory and low quality publishing challenges affecting the open access publishing industry. The trainer has demonstrated major indexing databases and research intelligence tools available to select reputable journals and identify open access contents. There were more than 50 postgraduate students attending the half day training.
  2. The second training was also conducted by Girma Aweke, Assistant Librarian for Public Service on a similar topic, open access publishing and reputable journal identification for college law and governance studies postgraduate students. There were more than 80 postgraduate students attending the half day training.
  3. The third training was given by Getnet Lemma, Assistant Librarian for Technical Service, in a theme of online journal management using the Ethiopian Journals online platform, a system maintained by Addis Ababa University Library since 2014. The online Journal management training was given for 40 Journal chief editors and managing editors from 18 Addis Ababa University Journals on January 12, 2023. The half day training has focused creating awareness for chief editors and managing editors on the use of the Ethiopian Journal Online ( platform already hosted in the ICT datacenter for online submission and automating the publication workflow.  The feedback received from this training was encouraging and participants recommend expanding the training for all editorial board members in each Journal. In this training, the university library and journal owners agreed to work together for the full applications of an online submission and publishing via EJOL plat form soon.
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The three training packages also include information and digital literacy awareness session that was given at the begging by Dr. Mesfin Gezahegn, Addis Ababa University Library Senior Staff. The library has also planned another series of training sessions for other groups in similar topics. Additional training topics are also identified. This include; information and digital literacy, Research Data management, Online journal management system, plagiarism detection tool, open access scholarly Publication, reference management tools, Research intelligence tools and the use of open and subscribed e-resources.

The impact of Addis Ababa University on Ethiopian society


School of Commerce Organizes Biannual Conference on the Financial Sector

Addis Ababa University (AAU) School of Commerce (SoC) Accounting and Finance Program Unit with the collaboration of Accounting Society of Ethiopia organized a biannual conference focused on opening the Ethiopian financial sector to different actors; its opportunities and challenges at School of Commerce on the 23rd of July 2022.

T’enkir Seyfu (PhD), Lecturer and Corporate Finance Masters Program Coordinator at SoC, stated in an exclusive interview with the staff reporters that there is a law in preparation to support foreign banks and other actors to invest in the Ethiopian banking sector which will allow them to enter the financial sector in the country.

According to Dr. T’enkir, analyzing what is the blessing that comes with it and what challenges will there be when foreign banks or actors in general are allowed to enter the financial sector in Ethiopia is vitally important.

Regarding the opportunities, Dr. T’enkir stated as: “We expect foreign banks to bring modern business practices when they enter the country. This means the banking system will be modernized and will have a significant role in providing better and more efficient as well as quality services in the country.

The joining of different foreign actors to the Ethiopian finance sector increases the level of competition which also leads the society to have different alternatives which includes solving the shortage of foreign currency which will also have positive impacts on other areas of investment, Dr. T’enkir added.

Apart from the opportunities, Dr. T’enkir mentioned the challenges as: “The problem starts with the fear that the indigenous banking industry may not be competitive compared to foreign competitors. This may lose national importance as the level of competition increases.

When foreign banks enter the country, they choose the best, ‘cherry picking’; they can take away the best banking customer from local banks. They can put domestic banks out of the competition by moving on those that are already established and in better shape. This may put pressure on the entire country’s economy,” Dr. T’enkir added on the challenges.

According to Dr. T’enkir, when a country’s economy is in crisis, they may make the crisis worse, instead of going to find a solution like the indigenous banks, they may not be willing to put themselves at risk. When there is such a trend, they can abandon it, they have a ‘cut and run’ strategy, he added.

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When foreign banks enter the country, the doubt about the ability of the National Bank of Ethiopia to properly manage this sector is one of the obstacles. As the level of complexity increases, if we don’t have the ability to manage that, things become difficult,” Dr. T’enkir finally stated.

Getnet Haile, President of Accounting Society Ethiopia, on his part said that since there are countries that have succeeded and failed in the entry of foreign banks, the conference was prepared to learn from this experience the “how?” and the “why?”. Based on this, it is necessary to explore the question of what kind of modality should be our input, he added.

On the other hand, the regulator aims to explore what the national bank should do. Despite the work the government is doing, it is necessary to explore what needs to be done so that the law that comes out is convenient for those who come and does not harm the country,” Getnet said.

According to Getnet, what else should our banks do? “They need to be globally competitive; today’s competitive advantage of banks is technology. It is no longer possible to use a bankbook as it was used to be. Money transfers will be done through ATMs, mobile phones and other means, and whoever has the technology will be the winner”.

As our banks don’t have as much capacity as the others, they should be merged. Even if a merger poses a threat to their existence, they can create better capabilities for them if they cooperate in the sector that requires technological capabilities,” Getnet finally stated.

Different presentations from different financial actors of Ethiopia like National Bank, Ethio- Telecom mobile money division and Commercial Bank of Ethiopia were delivered and thorough discussion was held by the participants.

Commercial Bank of Ethiopia, Bank of Abyssinia, Dashen Bank, Buna Bank, Zemen Bank, Amhara Bank, Buna Insurance and others sponsored the conference.

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Addis Ababa University (AAU), which was established in 1950 as the University College of Addis Ababa (UCAA), is the oldest and the largest higher learning and research institution in Ethiopia. Since its inception, the University has been the leading center in teaching-learning, research and community services.

Beginning with enrollment capacity of 33 students in 1950, AAU now has 48,673 students (33,940 undergraduate, 13,000 graduate and 1733 PhD students) and 6043 staff (2,408 academics and 3,635 support staff). In its 14 campuses, the University runs 70 undergraduate and 293 graduate programs (72 PhD and 221 Masters), and various specializations in Health Sciences.