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Debub University

Hawassa University
Hawassa University
Established 1999
Type Public
President Dr. Yosef Mamo[1]
Location Hawassa, Ethiopia
Campus Urban

Hawassa University is a public university in the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People's Region of Ethiopia established as a body of Debub University on 22 December 1999. The main Campus and several Faculties located in Hawassa city, 270 km south of the capital Addis Ababa.


Hawassa University was established as a body of Debub University on 22 December 1999 as a result of the Council of Ministers Regulation No. 62/1999, which ordered the consolidation of the Awassa College of Agriculture, Dilla College of Teachers Education and Health, and Wondo Genet College of Forestry and Natural Resources. Dilla College of Teachers Education and Health was afterwards separated from Hawassa and now stands as a university on its own by opening new faculties and schools, Dilla University. The health faculty, however, has been incorporated into Hawassa University.

In 2003 and onwards, as part of Ethiopia's ambitions plan to make higher education accessible to its citizens, the university has upgraded its capabilities enormously, by adding new departments, programs and research facilities. Hawassa University is one of 33 comprehensive universities in Ethiopia, engaged in the provision of all-round education, research and training. In 2012 alone, the University graduated 4187 students. In the ceremony, the University president Dr. Yoseph Mamo noted the number of academic programs, which had been 8 at the beginning of its establishment, had now increased to 64 first degree programs, 43 second degree programs, and 4 PhD programs. The university has more than 38,000 alumni. According to the University official website, "the University aspires to be one of the best higher learning institutions in Africa in graduate and undergraduate education, and a center of excellence in teaching, research, and public services with the highest possible quality."

Academic programs

The University offers more than 60 fields of study in undergraduate, and 43 fields of study in postgraduate programs, as well as 4 PhD programs in different faculties that include Natural & Computational Sciences, Medical & Health Sciences, Business & Economics, Governance and Development Studies, Social Sciences & Humanities, Technology & Informatics, Agriculture, Forestry & Natural Resources. Currently, more than 22,000-degree-seeking students are attending Hawassa University.

Institute of Technology

College of social science and Humanities

College of Law and governance

  • Law
  • Governance
  • Development studies

College of Agriculture

  • Animal science
  • Range science
  • Plant science
  • Horticulture science
  • Food science
  • Applied Human Nutrition
  • Rural development studies
  • Agricultural extension
  • Agri-Business

Business and economics

College of medicine and Health science

  • Medicine
  • Optometry
  • Nursing
  • Midwifery
  • Public Health
  • Environmental science
  • Medical laboratory

College of Natural and computational science

Wondo Genet College of forestry and Natural resources

  • Forestry
  • Natural resource management
  • Wildlife and eco-tourism management


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