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Type: Public Institution
Motto: Prove all things; hold fast that which is good
Established: 1950
No of Students: 50,000
President: Prof. Tassew Woldehanna
Campuses: Addis Ababa; Bishoftu
Ranking: 1st in Ethiopia & 3rd in East Africa (Webometrics)
Website: https://www.aau.edu.et
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Addis Ababa University (AAU) is a national university located in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It is the oldest school of higher education in Ethiopia. It was founded in 1950 as a two-year college, with an affiliation to the University of London established in 1953. The establishment of the University College of Addis Ababa in 1954 as a fully-fledged university, as well as the inauguration of the Building College in 1955, led to the formation of the .. more

Addis Ababa University (AAU) is a national university located in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It is the oldest school of higher education in Ethiopia. It was founded in 1950 as a two-year college, with an affiliation to the University of London established in 1953. The establishment of the University College of Addis Ababa in 1954 as a fully-fledged university, as well as the inauguration of the Building College in 1955, led to the formation of the Haile Selassie University in 1961, through the merger of the various colleges and the Theological College. Following the 1974 revolution, the university was first renamed University of Ethiopia, before being named Addis Ababa University. It was closed for two years after the revolution.
It has 13 campuses, with 12 of those situated in Addis Ababa, and one in Bishoftu.

Addis Ababa University ranks the best University in Ethiopia, according to Webometrics rankings. The university has existed for close to 70 years, and in all that time it has been the leading centre in teaching-learning, research and community services. The University community at AAU has often been involved in political struggle, especially in years prior to the 1974 revolution. University staff and students were instrumental in exposing the famine that plagued Ethiopia in 1973. The Ethiopian Student Movement was equally pivotal in bringing about the revolution. The growth of the university amidst turmoil has enabled it to position itself as one of the top 20 universities in Africa. The University counts over 47000 students, including close to 30000 undergraduates and more than 17000 graduate students. It also counts over 8000 staff members, with over 3000 academic staff over 5000 administrative support staff.

Addis Ababa University runs a vast network of facilities, services and amenities across its 14 campuses. It offers housing and dining to its student body in its residence halls. It offers guidance and counselling services to its students as well, so as to help them adjust to a new environment. Students are also exposed to part-time job opportunities, annual sports activities, clubs and a Student Union. The university boasts two Teaching Hospitals, offering services not only to students but the community at large. It also offers ICT services by way of its ICT Directorate, which is also working on transforming the University’s ICT infrastructure. It also boasts two libraries that cater to the entire student population and staff, thanks to its wide-ranging catalogue.
Notable alumni from AAU include Meles Zenawi (former Prime Minister), Hailemariam Desalegn (former Prime Minister), Abiy Ahmed Ali (Prime Minister), Rupiah Banda, (former president of Zambia), Hama Tuma (author), Mulugeta Bekele (Physicist).

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Addis Ababa University counts 15 Colleges and Institutes, with several schools, departments and centres as listed below.

Addis Ababa Institute of Technology

  • School of Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • School of Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • School of Mechanical and Industria.. more

Addis Ababa University counts 15 Colleges and Institutes, with several schools, departments and centres as listed below.

Addis Ababa Institute of Technology

  • School of Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • School of Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • School of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
  • School of Chemical and Bio Engineering
  • School of Multi-disciplinary Engineering
  • Pre-Engineering School

College of Law and Governance Studies

  • School of Law
  • Centre for Human Rights
  • Centre for Federal Studies

College of Business and Economics

  • Department of Accounting & Finance
  • Department of Economics
  • Department of Management
  • Department of Public Administration
  • School of Commerce

College of Natural Sciences

  • Department of Chemistry
  • Department of Computer Science
  • Department of General Biology
  • Department of Mathematics
  • Department of Microbial Cellular & Molecular biology
  • Department of Physics
  • Department of Plant Bio. and Bio. Management
  • Department of Sport Science
  • Department of Statistics
  • Department of Zoological Science
  • School of Earth Science
  • School of Information Technology
  • Centre for Environmental Science
  • Centre for Food Science

College of Development Studies

  • Centre for Environmental and Development
  • Centre for Food Security
  • Centre for Gender Studies
  • Centre for Population Studies
  • Centre for Rural Development Studies
  • Centre for Regional and Local Development Studies

College of Education and Behavioural Studies

  • Department of Science and Mathematics Education
  • Department of Curriculum and Teachers Professionals Development Studies
  • Department of Social Science and Language Education
  • Department of Educational Planning & management
  • Department of Special Needs
  • School of Psychology

College of Performing and Visual Arts

  • Ale School of Fine Arts
  • Yared School of Music
  • Yoftahe Nigussie School of Theatre Arts

College of Health Sciences

School of Nursing and Midwifery

  • Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences
  • Department of Nursing and Midwifery

School of Pharmacy

  • Department of Pharmaceutical chemistry and pharmacognosy
  • Department of Pharmacology and Clinical Pharmacy
  • Department of Pharmaceutics and Social pharmacy

School of Public Health

  • Department of Preventive Medicine
  • Department of Reproductive Health Service Management

School of Medicine

  • Department of Anaesthesia and Anaesthesiology
  • Department of Anatomy
  • Department of Dentistry
  • Department of Ophthalmology
  • Department of , Int. Medicine Psychiatry, Neurology & Nuclear Med.
  • Department of Microbiology, Parasitology, Immunology and Pathology
  • Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Department of Paediatrics and Child Health
  • Department of Pharmacology and Biochemistry
  • Department of Radiation Medicine
  • Department of Surgery

College of Social Sciences

  • Department of Archaeology and Heritage Management
  • Department of Geography and Environmental Studies
  • Department of History
  • Department of Philosophy
  • Department of Political Science and International Relations
  • Department of Social Anthropology
  • Department of Social Work
  • Department of Sociology
  • Centre for African and Oriental Studies

College of Humanities, Language Studies, Journalism & Communication

  • Department of Amharic Language, Literature and Folklore
  • Department of Oromo Language, Literature and Folklore
  • Department of Tigrigna Language, Literature and Folklore
  • Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
  • Department of Linguistics
  • School of Journalism and Communication

College of Veterinary Medicine & Agriculture

  • Department of Animal Production Studies
  • Department of Agriculture (Selale Campus)
  • Department of Biomedical Science
  • Department of Clinical Studies
  • Department of Parasitology and Pathology
  • Department of Microbiology and Immunology
  • Teaching Hospital

Horn of Africa Regional Environment Centre

Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building Construction & City Development

Institute for Peace and Security Studies

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Admission Requirements/How to Apply

Addis Ababa University offers admission into programmes at the Undergraduate and Graduate levels following a number of requirements, as highlighted below.

Undergraduate Programmes

  1. Regular Undergraduate

Placements to all regular undergraduate programs are processed thr.. more

Admission Requirements/How to Apply

Addis Ababa University offers admission into programmes at the Undergraduate and Graduate levels following a number of requirements, as highlighted below.

Undergraduate Programmes

  1. Regular Undergraduate

Placements to all regular undergraduate programs are processed through the Ministry of Education. The university then conducts admission and enrollment to the different programs based on results of the Ethiopian Higher Education Entrance Certificate Examination (EHEECE), the choice of the student and the capacity of Departments/Schools/Centres. Foreign examinations results must be certified by the ministry of education for their equivalency to the EHEECE. Admissions and enrolments to all programs are processed by the University Registrar in consultation with the academic units concerned and by the decision of the Senate standing committee called Admission and Enrollment Committee (AEC).

Criteria for special admissions to individual programs such as special needs education, music, fine arts and design, theatrical arts, educational planning and management, and architecture are determined by the concerned Colleges and Departments and may require a separate entrance examination which will be administered by the respective Departments.

  1. Extension/Distance Undergraduate

There are four categories in which an applicant may join the undergraduate extension/distance program, namely, those who have completed preparatory high school, TVET complete (10+3 and 10+4), COC exam result level 3 and above, and bachelor’s degree holders.

An applicant who has successfully completed preparatory high school must satisfy the following criteria for consideration for the Distance Learning Undergraduate Program. The University may limit how many years back it will go in accepting an EHEEE score.

  • meet the EHEEE score cut‐off point set by the Ministry of Education for eligibility to join a tertiary education institution
  • produce the original and copy of the EHEEE (12th grade) score card
  • original and copy of ESLCE (10th grade) score card
  • transcript for preparatory high school
  • properly complete the application form
  • present proof of payment of the required fee
  • Former ESLCE exam results are not considered for admission

An applicant who has successfully completed a TVET and CoC from an accredited university/college must satisfy the following criteria for the Extension/Distance Education in Undergraduate Program. Exceptions to these criteria may apply for those whose diploma training is in agriculture or those who are teachers employed of the Ministry of Education and aspire to upgrade their qualification in their original major field of study (in which case COC examination is not required).

  • produce an official transcript from the university/college from where they obtained the diploma
  • produce the original and copy of diploma
  • produce the original and copy of Certificate of Competency (CoC)
  • produce the original and copy EHEEE score card
  • letter/documentation that attests towards the applicant having at least one years of work experience in their profession after obtaining the diploma
  • properly complete the application form
  • present proof of payment of the required fee
  • pass entrance exam of the university

An applicant who has successfully completed a degree program at any level (BSc/BA/MSc/MA/PhD) from an accredited university/college must satisfy the following criteria for consideration for the Extension/Distance Education Undergraduate Program.

  • produce an official transcript from the university/college from where they obtained the degree
  • produce the original and copy of degree
  • properly complete the admission application form
  • present proof of payment of the required fee
  • no exemption is allowed
  • admission to the same field of previous degree earned is not allowed.

A fourth variety of admission is for students who are admitted to a regular program in a recognized university/college but discontinued for various reasons. Such students can apply their study. The student should present official transcript.

Admission is granted on a competitive basis in each category. Moreover, depending on the number of applicants in each category, preference may be made for applicants with EHEEE scores, TVET completed and bachelor’s degree, in that order. Admissions to all Distance Education Undergraduate Programs are determined by the Admissions and Enrolment Committee (AEC) of the University Senate. The decision of this Committee is final.

  1. In-Service Undergraduate

Currently, the only way in which a student may gain admission to any KREMT undergraduate program is through the Ministry of Education (MoE). The possibility is generally open for teachers employed by the MoE and eligible to upgrade their qualifications.

  1. Advanced Standing

Advanced standing admissions may be allowed in some field of studies. However, the student must produce a certificate and a passing result in the Certificate of Competence (COC) examination with at least two years of services. A student admitted to an undergraduate program on advanced standing basis shall stay for a minimum of three semesters as regular student in the program to which he has been admitted before he is awarded with a degree. Exception to this rule shall be approved by the Academic Standards and Curriculum Review Committee (ASCRC) of the Senate.

Graduate Programmes

The provisions of the University Legislation shall also govern matters pertaining to admission to graduate studies including special admission, advance standing and transfer of students.

Admission to graduate programs shall be based on academic results and merits required by the academic units for the program. However, in line with the national priority accorded to the expansion of higher education, the University in admitting students to most of its graduate programs shall give priority to candidates from public higher education institutions. Accordingly, in the currency of this national priority, the University shall plan, negotiate and decide upon the admission of students to its graduate programs jointly with the Ministry.

For graduate programmes, an applicant should:

  • Fulfil admission requirements of the curriculum of the specific program
  • Pass an entrance exam as determined by the curriculum of the specific program
  • Produce an official transcript from the university/college from where they obtained the degree
  • Produce the original and copy of degree
  • Properly complete the admission application form
  • Present proof of payment of the required fee

International Students

  • Letter from the Higher Education Relevance and Quality Agency (HERQA) for the certification of your educational documents.
  • Two copies of educational documents.
  • Two passport size photographs.
  • A letter from Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia or from your embassy here in Ethiopia showing the reason for being here.
  • Application fee: for Undergraduate Program 40USD, for Graduate Program 150USD

Candidates are requested to apply online by accessing the application form available on the Addis Ababa University website.

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Addis Ababa also spelt Addis Abeba, is the capital city of Ethiopia, and also the largest. It lies at the foot of Mount Entoto. The city was founded in 1887 when the wife of Emperor Menelik II, Empress Taitu, persuaded her husband to put aside land for the nobility. It initially acted as a military encampment, but by the time of Italian occupation, it had become the capital of Italian East Afri.. more

Addis Ababa also spelt Addis Abeba, is the capital city of Ethiopia, and also the largest. It lies at the foot of Mount Entoto. The city was founded in 1887 when the wife of Emperor Menelik II, Empress Taitu, persuaded her husband to put aside land for the nobility. It initially acted as a military encampment, but by the time of Italian occupation, it had become the capital of Italian East Africa. It came under Italian rule in 1936 and was liberated in 1941, with the return of Emperor Haile Selassie. The climate of the city is a subtropical highland climate, with constant moderate temperatures all year round. Average annual temperatures go from 9 degrees Celsius to 23 degrees Celsius. Addis Ababa’s total population is well over 4.5 million inhabitants. As the capital of the country, it is multi-ethnic in nature, representing all ethnic groups across Ethiopia. The largest groups include Amhara, Oromo and Gurage. Amharic is the most spoken first language, followed by Afaan Oromo. Over 74% of the population are Ethiopian Orthodox Christians, while 16.2 are Muslim and 7.7 are Protestant. The city enjoys adequate living conditions, with access to safe drinking water, low infant mortality rates and high literacy rates. Addis Ababa’s economy thrives on the diversity of its inhabitants’ activities, including trade and commerce, manufacturing and industry, civil administration, transport and communication, education, health and social services, hotel and catering services and agriculture.

Addis Ababa is the administrative hub of Ethiopia, and it houses the Headquarters of the African Union, a role it has performed since 1963. It is regarded as Africa’s diplomatic capital. The official seat of government is located in Emperor Menelik II’s Imperial Palace. The city also counts the Museum of the Institute of Ethiopian Studies, the National School of Music and the National Library and Archives. The Dembel City Centre, located in the city, is one of the first western-style malls to open in Ethiopia. Notable architecture in Addis Ababa includes the Huda Tower, Nani Tower, Bank Misr Building and the Angola World Trade Centre Tower. The AU Conference Centre and Office Complex are equally visible along the city’s skyline. St. George’s Cathedral, Holy Trinity Cathedral and the burial places of Emperor Haile Selassie and the Imperial family can be found in the city. Addis Ababa also contains the Merkato district, which happens to be the largest open market in Africa, and which is home to the biggest mosque built in Ethiopia, the Grand Anwar Mosque. Meskel Square is the site of an annual gathering at the end of September.
The city is served by the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, as well as a railway connection to Djibouti, and the Addis Ababa Ring Road. It also counts the first light rail system in Sub-Saharan Africa. Addis Ababa is the site of the oldest higher education institution in the country, the Addis Ababa University, as well as other universities like Addis Ababa Institute of Technology and Addis Ababa Science and Technology University; it contains several other teacher-training colleges and technical schools. The city is a good venue for higher education, with its diverse and colourful background and inhabitants, as well as a low crime rate.

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Motto: Prove all things; hold fast that which is good
Established: 1950
No of Students: 50,000
President: Prof. Tassew Woldehanna
Campuses: Addis Ababa; Bishoftu
Ranking: 1st in Ethiopia & 3rd in East Africa (Webometrics)
Website: https://www.aau.edu.et
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