Jigjiga University Students

jigjiga University Students


Jigjiga University (JJU) is one of the higher institutions in Ethiopia which has become operational since March 2007. Jigjiga University is the first and only university in Somali National Regional State, established in the capital, Jigjiga, as the direct outcome of the policy of the government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, to expand higher education. Higher education institutes are focusing to grantee access of higher education for all citizens in different corners of the country and expected to absorb ever increasing admission rates to higher education which targets in producing competent and productive graduates, conducting problem solving researches and providing socially meaningful outreach services.


During the welcome-fresh ceremony, 29 top ranking students of the 2007 Academic year were awarded certificates of appreciation and financial aid.




During the welcome-fresh ceremony, 29 top ranking students of the 2007 Academic year were awarded certificates of appreciation and financial aid.





Jigjiga University officially started its operation with 712 students and 66 academic and 99 administrative staffs in 3 faculties in 2007. During the last four years, the students enrollment has grown to a total number of 14,948 students; 7804 are regular, 4521 summer, 2623 in continuing and distance education programs.

Since its establishment, the university has graduated a total of 3032 students; 2460, 345 and 227 in regular, evening and summer programs, respectively. Furthermore, in its successful execution of various short and medium term trainings, the University has trained 593 students in animal health assistants and technicians and meat inspectors and provided on job refresher courses for mid carrier professionals from mainly Somali National Regional state and from Southern Nations, Nationalities and peoples Regional states.

The university is undertaking its business in two core and three support processes according to re-structured processes in business process re-engineering. In core processes, teaching and learning, research and community services, the university has 516 academic staffs who are divided in to 31 departments organized in 9 faculties. Furthermore, in three support processes, the university has 311 permanent and 497 contract employees.

In its achievement in conducting demand driven research and communicating relevant research out puts, the University has carried out 18 relevant researches which are internally funded and several others in collaboration with partners, which are problem solving and result oriented majorly focusing in pastoral agro pastoral studies. Furthermore, the research output communication is one strategic objective, which focuses on adoption and adaptation of locally relevant technology and its transfer and assessing the community awareness in cross cutting issues and forwarding possible intervention strategies.  In this regard, the research and publication work unit is also engaged in publicizing different research and related issues to the internal and external customers and stakeholders through various means, like media, seminars, symposium and intellectual forums.

In its outreach services, particularly in providing tertiary education, the university has opened faculty of Continuing and Distance Education (CDEP) and has managed to make higher education accessible to thousands of people in the Region. In this faculty, there are three programs namely extension, distance, and summer which are being carried out in harmony with the mission and vision of the university and with respect to socio-economic and higher education demands of the region. The distance programs have centers in three towns in the Somali National Regional State; Jigjiga, Godey and Filtu to address the educational need of those who were not able to involve in regular, extension and summer programs.

Furthermore, as community services, the university has provided short term trainings and organized workshops in different areas. Some of them are Legal aid and Justice, Educational Measurement and Evaluation, Teaching Methodology, English Language Improvement trainings, ICT, GIS, Network and Data base management, community Participation and Women empowerment, Public Finance and Taxation and, Artificial Insemination Technology, Food and Hygiene, and others.

The Chinahaksan Livestock Research Center, which was handed over to Jigjiga University in 2010, is planned to be used as research, demonstration and production center. In near future it is expected to be operational for Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Dry land Agriculture for teaching, provision community services, engage in production and commercial enterprises, as means of outreach services and internal revenue generation scheme.