University Conducting 150 Research Projects
Addis Ababa, July 15, 2001 (WIC)-Researchers in various faculties of the Addis Ababa
University (AAU) are involved in more than 150 research projects, the University's Research
and Publication office disclosed.
Professor Endeshaw Bekele, Head of the Office, said the research projects are being financed
by a 50 million birr funding, secured from AAU's own sources, donors and revenue from
He told WIC that instructors in various faculties are required to dedicate about a quarter of
their time to research activities, as part of the University's Commitment to research and
Similarly about 75 percent the work of those in research centers affiliated to the University
must constitute research , Professor Endeshaw said.
He further said Research activities at the University, which numbered less than 20 prior to the
lunching of 2nd and 3rd degree programmes, have grown tremendously, and have now
According to the Head, the University conducts its research activities against several
challenges, which included financial and material constraints.
Research activities are also being impeded by the absence of a research fund at the AAU,
Prof. Endeshaw said adding that whatever funding is obtained through the researchers
themselves could not be utilized properly because of red-tape inherent in the University's