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1.  Background

Haramaya University (HU), which was founded in 1954, is one of the few pioneer public higher learning institutions in Ethiopia. In its journey of over six decades, the university has now produced nearly 80,000 graduates at different levels in diverse fields of study. Notable alumni of the university include The World Food Prize Laureate Professor Gebisa Ejeta. Moreover, Haramaya University has been contributing its fair share to the betterment and development of lives of the people of Ethiopia through imparting knowledge and conducting research, extension, and community engagement.

Haramaya University (formerly known Alemaya College of Agriculture), started teaching research, and extension by admitting only 28 students who were transferred from Addis Ababa University and Jimma College of Agriculture in 1956 under the mandate of Oklahoma State University. Currently, by increasing its intake capacity and opening up new colleges and different demand-driven academic programs, it has become a full-fledged institution and home to more than 30,000 students.

The university presently functions on two campuses (Haramaya and Harar). It hosts nine colleges, 1 sport academy, one Institute of Technology, and one Center of Excellence in Climate Smart Agriculture and Biodiversity Conservation, and three other institutes and five other centers. Besides, it offers courses under schemes of regular, summer, distance and continuing education. HU now runs 73 Bachelors, 89 Masters and 23 PhD programs (regular) and many new programs are likely to come soon. HU is now undergoing a tremendous reform activity to make itself customer-oriented and responsive and render demand-driven training.

To describe objectively the pace of progress and resource requirements of HU, collation and documentation of the education system is necessary. Such quantitative information can be used as an input in achieving its long term objectives and excel in advanced training and research. In addition, the document will serve as a source of data for readers.

Hence, this short handbook is prepared to give a quick overview of academic programs, enrollment statistics, undergraduate attrition rate, graduation statistics and academic staff profile based on the data retrieved from the office of the university’s Registrar and that of Education Management Information System office. Though this handbook is not intended to be exhaustive, we do believe that it provides modest information on academic programs, student enrollment, staff profile, and teaching resources of the university.

2. Vision, Mission and Core Values of Haramaya University

Vision: Haramaya University strives to be one of the leading African universities with international reputation by 2025.

Mission:To produce competent graduates in diverse fields of study,undertake rigorous, problem solving and cutting-edge research, disseminate knowledge and technologies, and provide demand-driven and transformative community services.

Goal: To evolve as an autonomous and independent (academic and research institution) graduate and research university with a competitive national and international quality and relevance standards in its academic, research, and community engagement endeavors.

Motto: Building the Basis for Development!

Core Values

Haramaya University is committed to the following core values.

a. Academic Freedom: A strong commitment to a free and democratic academic environment where individuals inquire, investigate, and engage in relevant academic practices and development.

b. Perseverance: A commitment and dedication to perform assigned duties to the best of one’s knowledge and abilities.

c. Good Governance: The practice of democratic, transparent, inclusive, responsible and accountable leadership and management and promotion of the principle of equal opportunity.

d. Respect for Diversity: A culture of equity and fairness in all forms of practices; a conviction for the respect of all people without sexual, class, racial, ethnic, religious, and regional discrimination.

e. Professionalism: A commitment to a high standard of professional integrity and ethics.

f. Collaborative Spirit: Culture of working cooperatively within the university and with other stakeholders; developing the “we” spirit and joint responsibility.

g. Fostering Creativity/Innovation: Develop a culture for generating new ideas, processes, services, technologies and entrepreneurial skill.

h. Respect for Nature and Environment: All endeavors of the university should be environmental friendly

  1. Academic Programs, Colleges, Institutes, and Centers of Haramaya University

Table 1: Academic Programs in Haramaya University

Program Training programs
Undergraduate Postgraduate
MSc/MA/MPH/LLM/MBA (2nd degree) PhD (3rd degree)
Regular 73 89 23
Continuing 11 29
Summer 27
Distance 8 - -

Overall, the university runs 188 academic programs on a regular basis.