Adigrat University

Coordinates: 14°15′25″N 39°27′54″E / 14.257°N 39.465°E / 14.257; 39.465
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Adigrat University
ዓዲግራት ዩኒቨርስቲ
Aerial view of campus
Motto in English
Hard Work: Our Hallmark!
PresidentDr. Zaid Negash
Vice-presidentDr. Alem Mebrahtu
Academic staff
Students14,000+ (2013/14)
Location, ,
14°15′25″N 39°27′54″E / 14.257°N 39.465°E / 14.257; 39.465
Sporting affiliations
Welwalo Adigrat University
Adigrat University is located in Ethiopia
Adigrat University
Location in Ethiopia

Adigrat University (Tigrinya: ዓዲግራት ዩኒቨርሲቲ) is a residential national university in Adigrat, Tigray Region, Ethiopia. It is approximately 900 kilometres (560 mi) north of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.[1][2] The Ministry of Education admits qualified students to Adigrat University based on their score on the Ethiopian Higher Education Entrance Examination (EHEEE).[3] Facilities at the university's campuses were "completely destroyed" during the Tigray War.[4]


The main reason for the establishment of Adigrat University is said to have been initiated by Prime Minister Meles Zenawi during a visit to the town and a discussion with the town elders. The cornerstone for Adigrat University was laid in December 2008. The university was officially established via a government proclamation (Council of Ministers decree 223/2003) on May 26, 2011.[5] In July 2011, the university opened with 4 colleges and 13 departments with 960 students.

During the Tigray War in late 2020 and early 2021, the facilities and properties of Adigrat University were "completely destroyed", according to Alula Habteab, head of the Bureau of Construction, Road and Transport in the Transitional Government of Tigray.[4]


Adigrat University has two campuses Bati Genahti Campus and Agame Campus.


  • College of Engineering and Technology[6]
  • College of Medicine and Health Science[7]
  • College of Social Sciences and Humanities[8]
  • College of Business and Economics[9]
  • College of Natural and Computational Sciences[10]
  • College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences[11]

Library system[edit]

Adigrat University's library system has archives, reading rooms, and research centers.[12] The university administration has embarked of capacity building by investing in a media and communications department, cloud computing and telecom equipment, and digital library services.[13]

Bati Genahti Campus


The Adigrat University's team is called Welwalo, with colors gold and black. The Welwalo participates in Group A of the higher league in the Ethiopian Premier League as part of a football conference.[14] The Welwalo men's football team plays home games at the Adigrat stadium.


  1. ^ "About Us » Adigrat University". Archived from the original on 2016-10-05. Retrieved 2016-10-04.
  2. ^ "About Us". Adigrat University. Retrieved 30 July 2017.
  3. ^ "About Us". Adigrat University. Retrieved 2020-05-26.
  4. ^ a b "Ethiopian army, Eritrea and Amhara forces destroyed Tigray's 30-year development, says interim official". Tghat. 2021-02-27. Archived from the original on 2021-02-28. Retrieved 2021-02-28.
  5. ^ "Adigrat University Establishment Council of Ministers Regulation No. 223/2011" (PDF). Federal Negarit Gazeta of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. 26 May 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on 31 July 2017. Retrieved 30 July 2017.
  6. ^ "College of Engineering and Technology". Adigrat University. Retrieved 30 July 2017.
  7. ^ "College of Medicine and Health Science". Adigrat University. Retrieved 30 June 2017.
  8. ^ "College of Social Sciences". Adigrat University. Retrieved 30 July 2017.
  9. ^ "College of Business and Economics". Adigrat University. Retrieved 30 July 2017.
  10. ^ "College of Natural and Computational Sciences". Adigrat University. Retrieved 30 July 2017.
  11. ^ "College of Agriculture & Environmental Sciences". Adigrat University. Retrieved 30 July 2017.
  12. ^ "Library Services". Retrieved 30 July 2017.
  13. ^ "Adigrat University Launches Media and Communication Department". newspaper. September 3, 2016. Archived from the original on September 4, 2016.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  14. ^ Gebresellsie, Yohannes (19 July 2017). "Football Renaissance in Tigray". Aiga Forum. Retrieved 30 July 2017.