University Industry Linkage and Entrepreneurship Development Directorate


University Industry Linkage and Entrepreneurship Development Directorate

University-Industry Linkage and Entrepreneurship Development Directorate (UILEDD) was was launched in 2018 with the aim to achieve expected impact and satisfaction in university-industry linkages, business/technology incubation, and students’ practical skill development. This directorate has two Associate Directorates; Associate Directorates for Entrepreneurship Development and Business Incubation, and Associate Directorates for Internship. It has the mandate to link the university with different industries in eastern Ethiopia and beyond for mutual benefits through students’ practical attachments, training, students and staff internship and externship, educational visits, research, joint research with industries, staff exchange, and other related activities. One of the objectives of this directorate is to upgrade our graduates’ skills and attitudes in their respective field of studies through acquiring practical skills from industries. Industries will have the opportunity to be benefited from the human resources of the University through tailor-made trainings, short and long term trainings, research and technology generation and adoptions. We believe that industries play indispensible role for production of competent and skillful graduates, and hence we give considerable attention for vibrant university-industry linkage. The directorate shall also work hard to link the university with different industries in order to ensure and maintain sustainable and resilient mutual relationships. This will offer the opportunity to improve competency of our graduates, and to produce marketable graduates that will bridge the gap in skilled human resources of different industries of the country and beyond.

UILEDD also formulates  different programs (capacity building for community schools, coordinating and facilitating student placements /interns/, Informal Adult Education, Seeking opportunities for entrepreneurship trainings etc.) which help to address the needs of community in a way that helps students to learn or acquire knowledge, attitude and skills from the community. Designing starts with defining the nature of community needs, then based on the nature or scope of the needs, there shall be setting of objectives, planning and setting strategies to achieve the objectives.

Entrepreneurship and business/technology incubation

Entrepreneurship training is considered as the most effective ways to reorient  our graduates from job-seeking to becoming self-employed and entrepreneurial.  Series of entrepreneurial training workshops shall be developed and given to prospective graduates. Moreover, the same trainings shall be given to junior class so that they can develop entrepreneurship mindset and be prepared to develop innovative business ideas that enable them to compete in business idea competition. The role of the directorate in this regard is to facilitate, coordinate and promote entrepreneurial training for students so as to foster and promote entrepreneurial thinking among University community (students, staff members) through designing and implementing wide range of programs and activities in collaboration with concerned bodies and institutions. The directorate also invites students and staff to develop business ideas and innovation for competition and facilitate linking winners of the competition with funding agencies. There shall be opportunities for funding business ideas and/or projects that will particularly benefit Haramaya University based on fund availability. To this effect awareness creation will be given to first year undergraduate students after which successive trainings shall be given to develop the skill of the students to develop business plan and/or projects for competition. Business incubation center shall be used to facilitate these activities. There is technology business incubation center in the College of Business and Economics with a mini-branch at Haramaya Institute of Technology (HiT) that is used by students as well as the academic staff.

Linkages and Internships

This is the channels through which knowledge and technology is transferred and shared between the university and the industries and different business organizations so that it would be integrated into products and services. University staff and students shall be linked with industry for collaborative research and consultancy works, and obtain opportunities in industry for practical experience. The UILEDD and concerned academic colleges jointly shall implement planned activities which include establishing and strengthening linkage along with entering Memorandum of Understanding amongst academic and research institutions and industries. The Directorate facilitates conditions for placing university students to industries for practical attachment and work based learning. It also arranges educational visits for students and industries and experience sharing for industry workers in the university. Moreover, it facilitates joint research works and technology innovation by staff members of the university and industry workers. The Directorate has the following approaches which can be executed through described modalities. Approaches listed below are not exhaustive and there are conceptual overlappings. There can also be differences in their application across colleges and institutes which may need further conceptualization.

  • University-Industry Linkage
  • University-School Linkage
  • Externship
  • Internship
  • Community Based Practical Training (CBTP)
  • Team Training Program (TTP)
  • Community Attachment
  • Practical Attachment
  • Service Learning
  • Work Based Learning
  • Collaborative Research Works
  • Functional Adult Education
  • Educational Visit/Trips
  • Fieldwork/Clinical Placement

An institutional academic networking and partnership is an agreement to do UILED activities together that will benefit Haramaya University and all involved partners (institutions and organizations) and bringing results that could not be achieved by operating alone. A successful partnership and networking enhances the impact and effectiveness of action through combined and more efficient use of resources; promotes innovation; and is distinguished by a strong commitment from each partner. Networking and partnership start from need assessment and designing appropriate UILED approaches.

Networking and Collaboration

There shall be networking and partnership between or among departments/colleges within the University and among different institutions and organizations in the country as well as outside the country with the aim of creating and expanding opportunities for institutions and organizations to collaborate and exchange, experiences, knowledge, resources and information relevant to success of UILEDD activities.


The vision of UILED is to make Haramaya University center of excellence in University-Industry Linkage and Entrepreneurship Development at the national level by 2030.


The mission of UILED is to create sustainable University-Industry Linkage, and to promote entrepreneurship culture and eco-system in the community to support the socio-economic development of the Nation.


The (UILED) of Haramaya University aimed to establish and enhance mutual and effective university-industry linkage, technology business incubation centers, and entrepreneurship development thereby promote knowledge and skills to students, staff and business communities.

In line with this the goals of UILED are to:

  • Establish strong and sustainable University-Industry Linkage in Ethiopia.
  • Equip graduates with practical knowledge and skill of working in industries.
  • Promote and support community and industry-based problem solving research.
  • Build entrepreneurship-oriented communities.
  • Facilitate generation and enrichment of innovative business ideas.
  • Support the emergence and the survival of high potential start-up, and existing firms.
  • Facilitate and promote the commercialization of university research outcomes and startups.
  • Facilitate university wide institutional IP rights services.



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