St. Mary's University (Addis Ababa)

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St. Mary's University
ቅድስት ማርያም ዩኒቨርስቲ
Type Private university
Established 1998
President and Founder Associate Professor Wondwosen Tamrat
Students 30,000
Undergraduates 6,017 + 22000 (distance learners)
Postgraduates 2000
Address Mexico Square next to Wabi Shebele Hotel
Addis Ababa
BT12 6FE
, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

St. Mary’s University (SMU), established in 1998, is an Ethiopian institution of higher learning located in the capital Addis Ababa. After fifteen years of service as a college first and a university college since 2008, it earned university status from the Ethiopian Ministry of Education in September 2013.

The university has four campuses in Addis Ababa, 13 Distance Education Regional Centers, and 160 Coordination Offices throughout the country. It has 200 full-time academic staff and 1000 employees. It caters to the needs of six thousand undergraduate students, twenty thousand students enrolled in distance education programs, and two thousand students in graduate programs.

Eight graduate programs are run in partnership with Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU). These programs include Business Administration, Public Administration, Library and Information Science, Sociology, Economics, Commerce, Rural Development and Political Science in the distance mode of learning.

In the conventional mode of learning, SMU is accredited for ten graduate programs: MBA, HRM,Project Management, Accounting and Finance, Marketing management, Development Economics, Computer Science, Agribusiness, Agricultural Economics and Rural Development. The university has a testing center that provides standardized tests, job placement tests, and international tests such as the IBT- TOEFL and GRE.

SMU has opened a K-12 school that is widening its reach in the realms of general education.


For research, SMU organises conferences and workshops, and publishes research journals, proceedings and bulletins. Among such efforts is the annual international research conference on private higher education and held since 2003.


SMU has set up a clearing house on Private Higher Education Research which is housed on its website.Other annual conferences include: The Annual Multi- disciplinary Conference, The Annual Student Research Forum, and the Annual Open and Distance Education seminar. SMu publishes bi-annual journals in three disciplines; Agriculture and Development, Business and Administration, and Law. Almost all the articles published in the proceedings and journals under its auspices are made available on the website at and the African Journals Online website.

Quality audit[edit]

SMU is the first higher education institution in Ethiopia to undergo a self-initiated external quality audit in 2004 that paved the way for the introduction of a formal QA system at a national level. It was again supervised by the national quality agency in 2008. Its quality activities are coordinated through the University's Center for Educational Improvement and Quality Assurance established in 2006.


SMU is a founding member of Ethiopian Private Higher Education Institutions Association, a member of the Association of African Universities, African Quality Assurance Network (AfriQan), and an associate member of the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE) and International Council for Distance Education (ICDE).

See also[edit]


Ethiopia University List

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 9°0′47″N 38°44′50″E / 9.01306°N 38.74722°E / 9.01306; 38.74722