Ethiopia Establishes Four New Universities

Panafrican News Agency, March 29, 2000

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Ethiopia has established four new universities in regional states, aimed at advancing academic excellence and promoting research.

The new universities, which were accredited recently by the federal government, incorporate already existing higher institutions of learning in the four towns where they are located.

The government Tuesday appointed four academicians to head the universities.

Zenabu Gebre-Mariam was named president of Debub University at Awassa, capital of South Ethiopia regional state, Shemelis Haile for the Bahr Dar University, in the capital of the Amhara regional state in north-western Ethiopia, Sleshi Tekle-Mariam will head the Jimma University in Jima, capital of Oromiya regional state in south-west and Metiku Haile president of Makale University in the capital of Tigray regional state in the north.

The government charged the new universities to "cultivate, expand and transmit knowledge, provide professional services at regional and national levels with a view to accelerating social and economic development and to conduct research and studies in different fields that will help in solving societies' problems and disseminate fruitful results."

Debub University, 275 km south of Addis Ababa, incorporates the Awassa Agricultural Collage, the Dilla Teachers' Education and Health Science College and the Wondo Guenet College of Forestry.

Bahr Dar University, 560 km north-west of Addis Ababa on the shore of Lake Tana, incorporates the Bahr Dar Polytechnic Institute and the Bahr Dar Teachers' College.

Makale University, 780 km north of Addis Ababa, now comprises the Makele University College and the Makale Business College.

Jimma University, 320 km south-west of Addis Ababa, incorporates the Jimma Institute of Health Science and the Jimma Agriculture College.

Ethiopia also has five other higher institutions of learning -- Addis Ababa University, Alemaya University of Agriculture, 515 km east of Addis Ababa, Arba Minch College of Water Technology, 495 km south of Addis Ababa, Kotoebe Teachers' Education College and the Commercial College of Addis Ababa.