Ethiopia’s commitment to higher education expansion emanated from the strategy to eradicate poverty through Knowledge based technology adaptation and customization. The Higher learning institution expansion was initiated in 1999, where the existing colleges and institutes were upgraded to Universities by investing for construction and infrastructure development. The 2007 and 2012 marks the expansion of the second and third generation universities from the scratch. The local governments’ allocated land and the federal government committed to develop infrastructure and construction investment. The student enrolments capacity of the first and the second generation universities have jumped to 40, 0000 and 25,000, respectively by 2017. This clearly entails the commitment of Ethiopian government for higher learning institution expansion in terms of budget and resources allocation.
As part of the government commitment to higher education expansion, the government allocated 25% of the annual budget for education sector.
There was a long awaited demand towards initiating a University in Awi zone, on the premise that, the foundation of university fuels the economy of the community, brings diversity and creates enabling environment for access to education and community services. In response to this public request and meet the government plan towards producing skilled work force, Injibara University came into effect in 2015. The corner stone of the university was laid down on Feb 8, 2015 and declared as a full-fledged University by council of ministers regulation number 352/2015, 4th of November, 2015. The positive response of the government in establishing injibara University created a joy and festivity among the Awi community. Hence Injibara University is new brand University, which will start its teaching program in September 2017 by enrolling 1500 students in four programs (College of Agriculture, Food and Climate Sciences, Natural and Computational Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanity and Business and Economics) and expected to enroll 7000 students by 2019/2010 in a regular program by diversifying programs. The infrastructure and construction work is in good progress by allocating 500 million birr in the first phase/2017/2018 budget year/.
Injibara University is situated in Awi Zone which is one of 10 Zones in the Amhara National Regional state (ANRS) of Ethiopia. Awi zone is bordered on the west by Metekel Zone of Benishangul-Gumuz National Regional state, on the north by North Gondar Zone and on the east by West Gojam of ANRS. The administrative Centre of Awi is Injibara; other towns include Chagni, and Dangila. Injibara University takes its name from Injibara as the historic town of the Awi people of Gojam – located between the magnificent mountains in the highlands of Ethiopia, and only about 110 km from Bahir Dar, the capital of the ANRS and 455 km from Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia. Awi have traditionally practiced a land-management system which is well adapted to the local ecology, which enable them to sustain the fertility of the soil and minimize erosion; this area is recognized as one of the most productive area in the Amhara regional state.
There are a number of enabling and location advantages in placing the University in Injibara Vicinity and Awi zone. The indigenous knowledge in natural resources conservation through planting diversified forest species such as acacia decurrens, planting of bamboo and other indigenous trees, community driven greening of the mountains is added advantage to pave the way the research and training program and respond the resilient green economy initiatives of the government of Ethiopia and beyond. The university is situated where the community is practicing in bamboo cultivation for a multiple use at small holder farmer’s circumstance. Hand crafting and furniture production from bamboo, ‘’Chira’’ making from horse hair, tree planting and charcoal/Biochar production and commercialization through agro forestry practice, community based small scale irrigation for crop production requires innovation and promotion of home grown indigenous knowledge/technology into market oriented commodities. The University is well situated in Injibara town which is the gate way to mega projects such as the great Ethiopian Great reminiscence dam and Beles Sugar Projec. These mega projects will serve as a teaching and research laboratories for our staff and students and benefit from the location advantage.
Injibara University will commit to contribute to resilient to green initiatives, climate smart agriculture, enterprise development, Hotel administration and tourism and promotion and preservation of Awi culture. The University shall tap the opportunities of the late coming of advantages which will be ready to learn from the predecessor Universities in infrastructure development, program initiation, administering human and financial management. In this connection Injibara University is committed to advance a collaborative work with relevant stakeholders under win-win situation in our focus areas. The University deeply recognizes the importance of networking and community engagement to advance teaching and learning, research/technology transfer and community services. In sum, let us put the new University/Injibara University in a solid foundation for prominence in science and technology and humanity and cultural promotion that will attract national and international talents and contribute to Ethiopia’s effort to eradicate poverty through hard and collaborative work.
Dr. Gardachew Worku (Associate Prof.) President, Injibara UniversityTel:-+25158-227-21-11