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aau at a glance

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 Master’s 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.

Over 222,000 students have graduated from AAU since its establishment.

The University is led by a President who is assisted by four Vice Presidents and one Executive Director: Academic Vice President, Vice President for Research and Technology Transfer, Vice President for Administration and Student Services, Vice President for Institutional Development and the Executive Director of the College of Health Sciences (with the rank of Vice President).

In recent years, the University has been undertaking various reform schemes in order to cope with and respond to the fast-changing national and international educational dynamics. At present the University has 10 colleges, 4 institutes that run both teaching and research, and 6 research institutes that predominantly conduct research. Within these academic units, there are 55 departments, 12 centers, 12 schools, and 2 teaching hospitals. The University has the following academic units:

Colleges

  1. College of Social Sciences
  2. College of Humanities, Language Studies, Journalism and communication
  3. College of Development Studies
  4. College of Business and Economics
  5. College of Law and Governance Studies
  6. College of Education and Behavioral Studies
  7. College of Natural and Computational Sciences
  8. Skunder Boghossian College of Performing and Visual Arts
  9. College of Veterinary Medicine and Agriculture
  10. College of Health Sciences

Research and Teaching Institutes 

  1. Academy of Ethiopian Languages and Cultures
  2. Addis Ababa Institute of Technology
  3. Aklilu Lemma Institute of Pathobiology
  4. Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building Construction and City Development
  5. Ethiopian Institute of Water Resources
  6. Institute of Biotechnology
  7. Institute of Educational Research
  8. Institute of Ethiopian Studies
  9. Institute of Geophysics, Space Science and Astronomy
  10. Institute of Peace and Security Studies
  11. Academy of Ethiopian Languages and Cultures
  12. Horn of Africa Regional Center and Environment Network

 Schools

  1. Alle School of Fine Arts and Design
  2. School of Allied Health Sciences
  3. School of Commerce
  4. School of Earth and Planetary Sciences
  5. School of Information Science
  6. School of Journalism and Communications
  7. School of Medicine
  8. School of Pharmacy
  9. School of Public Health
  10. School of Social Work
  11. Yared School of Music
  12. Yoftahe Nigussie School of Theatrical Arts