Hawassa University

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Hawassa University
ሀዋሳ ዩኒቨርስቲ
Type Public
Established 1999
President Dr. Yosef Mamo[1]
Students 22,000
Location Hawassa, Ethiopia
Campus Urban
Language English
Website http://www.hu.edu.et

Hawassa university is a public university in Ethiopia.


Hawassa University (or HU) was established at Hawassa in April 2000. Since 1976 the colleges of HU had been operational starting with the College of Agriculture. The university was formed by merging three colleges in southern Ethiopia: Awassa College of Agriculture, Wondogenet College of Forestry and Dilla College of Teacher Education and Health Sciences.

Awassa College of Agriculture was established in July 1976 to offer a 2-year Diploma course with specialization in Plant Science, Animal Science, Agricultural Engineering and Home Economics with the objective of training middle level technicians. In the 1990-91 academic years the college launched a four-year Program in Plant Production and Dry Land Farming, Animal Production and Range Land Management and a five-year program in Agricultural Engineering and Mechanization. The staff of the college engaged in research and offered consultancy services.

Wondo Genet College of Forestry was established as Forestry Resources Institute in January 1978 to train forest technicians in a two-year Diploma program. In 1996/7 academic year, the college was upgraded to a four-year degree program following the transfer of the Forestry Faculty from Alamaya University to WGCF. Through sustained effort and support provided by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), the college has been successful in establishing training programs as well as building essential infrastructure, teaching facilities, staff and over all institutional capacity.

Dilla College of Teacher Education and Health Sciences was established in 1996 with two faculties: Faculty of Teacher Education and Faculty of Health Sciences. The college trained secondary school teachers and mid-level health professionals. The college was afterwards separated from Hawassa University and now stands as a university by its own; however, the Health faculty has been moved to Hawassa.


The university has upgraded its capabilities, adding new colleges, institutes and departments, programs and research facilities. The University has got 61 hectares of land from the administration of Yirgalem Town, and has started construction of buildings to expand the existing programs and to launch new ones.

Academic programs[edit]

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

Institute of Technology[edit]

College of social Science and Humanities[edit]

College of Law and governance[edit]

  • Law
  • Governance
  • Development studies

College of Agriculture[edit]

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

Business and economics[edit]

College of Health science[edit]

  • Environmental Health
  • Medicine
  • Optometry
  • Nursing
  • Midwifery
  • Health Officer
  • Medical laboratory
  • Radiology technology

College of Natural and computational science[edit]

Wondo Genet College of forestry and Natural resources[edit]

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


  1. ^ "President's Message". BahirDar University. 26 October 2011. Retrieved 14 July 2012.