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Office of the Vice President for Research and Technology Transfer (VPRTT)

The Addis Ababa University (AAU), the oldest and largest higher education institution in Ethiopia, has a long track record of leading the higher education system of the country with training, research and community services by motivating different brands of collaborations, partnerships and outreach programmes and activities. The University is a highly treasured place for the pursuit of truth and intellectual excellence through nurturing the habit of free inquiry and scholarship as well as research, through the propagation and dissemination of knowledge and its preservation thereof. In this connection, the AAU has been engaged in research and community service activities since its establishment in 1950. As a result of the research activities of members of the University, important contributions have been made to society in various sectors. In recent years, there has been a major drive by the University to reinvigorate its entire research landscape while linking it organically with industry through a vigorous technology transfer goal. This new stride was initiated after a thorough assessment of its past and present and critical reflection on its future direction and upon concluding a recent grand business process reengineering (BPR) engagement.

Taking into account the whole terrain of reform in the University, seen together with the responsibility entrusted to the institution by the Government, particularly as a foundational higher education system in the country, and the entire changing horizon of education, the AAU recently welcomed a brand new vision of becoming a preeminent research university in Africa. As a result, research at AAU has been given a new organizational platform under a new direction and new set of policy framework. The change at AAU underscored that research should proactively respond to the national demand of generating new knowledge and technology and dissemination, strengthening and developing capacity of students in contemporary science and technology. The new research shall be conducted in the most cost effective and responsive manner and be interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary in its scope, and thematic in its approach.

The Office of the Vice President for Research and Technology Transfer is accountable to the President with responsibilities in leading, coordinating and facilitating the University’s research and technology transfer. The following offices are answerable to the VPRTT and assist the research and technology transfer functions.

  1. Office  of the Director for Research,
  2. Office of the Director  for University-Industry Linkage and Technology Transfer,
  3. Office of the Director for AAU Press, Publications and Disseminations
  4. The Offices of the Research Institutes (see section 6),
  5. Special Assistant to the VP and the Secretariat.

The Office of the Vice President for Research and Technology Transfer will have the Directorate of Research, the Directorate of University-Industry Linkage and Technology Transfer, and the Directorate of Publications and Disseminations. The Directorate of Research will house three offices one for Research Capacity Building; one for Thematic Research, Sponsored Collaborative Grants and Small Grants; and one for Graduate Research Coordination. The Directorate of University-Industry Linkage and Technology Transfer will house two offices one for Technology Transfer/Parks, Intellectual Property Rights, Adaptive Research and Incubation Centers; and one for Research Consultancy Services. The Directorate for Publication and Dissemination will house the Director for University Press and the office of Research Dissemination.


Contact info.

Masresha Fetene (Prof.)
Vice President for Research and Technology Transfer
Addis Ababa University
Professor of Plant Ecophysiology, Dept of Plant Biology and Biodiversity Management
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Tel.  Office ++251-11-1239769


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