Addis Ababa University (AAU), which was established in 1950 as the University College of Addis Ababa (UCAA), is the oldest and the largest higher learning and research institution in Ethiopia. Since its inception, the University has been the leading center in teaching-learning, research and community services.

Beginning with enrollment capacity of 33 students in 1950, AAU now has 47,610 students (29,872 undergraduate, 15,398 Master’s and 2,340 PhD students) and 8,709 staff (3,110 academics, 4,346 admin support staff and 1253 health Professionals). In its 14 campuses, the University runs 70 undergraduate and 293 graduate programs (72 PhD and 221 Masters), and various specializations in Health Sciences.

Over 222,000 students have graduated from AAU since its establishment.

The University is led by a President who is assisted by four Vice Presidents and one Executive Director: Academic Vice President, Vice President for Research and Technology Transfer, Vice President for Administration and Student Services, Vice President for Institutional Development and the Executive Director of the College of Health Sciences (with the rank of Vice President).

In recent years, the University has been undertaking various reform schemes in order to cope with and respond to the fast-changing national and international educational dynamics. At present the University has 10 colleges, 4 institutes that run both teaching and research, and 6 research institutes that predominantly conduct research. Within these academic units, there are 55 departments, 12 centers, 12 schools, and 2 teaching hospitals. The University has the following academic units:


College of Social Sciences
College of Humanities, Language Studies, Journalism and communication
College of Development Studies
College of Business and Economics
College of Law and Governance Studies
College of Education and Behavioral Studies
College of Natural and Computational Sciences
Skunder Boghossian College of Performing and Visual Arts
College of Veterinary Medicine and Agriculture
College of Health Sciences

Research and Teaching Institutes

Academy of Ethiopian Languages and Cultures
Addis Ababa Institute of Technology
Aklilu Lemma Institute of Pathobiology
Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building Construction and City Development
Ethiopian Institute of Water Resources
Institute of Biotechnology
Institute of Educational Research
Institute of Ethiopian Studies
Institute of Geophysics, Space Science and Astronomy
Institute of Peace and Security Studies
Academy of Ethiopian Languages and Cultures
Horn of Africa Regional Center and Environment Network


Alle School of Fine Arts and Design
School of Allied Health Sciences
School of Commerce
School of Earth and Planetary Sciences
School of Information Science
School of Journalism and Communications
School of Medicine
School of Pharmacy
School of Public Health
School of Social Work
Yared School of Music
Yoftahe Nigussie School of Theatrical Arts

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