Background of Wachemo University
Background of Wachemo University, The establishment of the College of Agricultural Sciences of Wachemo University was in line with the establishment of government attention on expanding the public Universities across the country in 2009 where the foundation stone was placed by the former primer Meles Zenawi at Hossana city. Wachemo University is among the third generation public Universities which commenced educating in 2011. The college started with three programs namely Natural Resource Management, Plant Science and Animal Sciences in 2011; and added Horticulture in 2015 and Food Science and Post-Harvest Technology as well as Environmental Science in 2016.
Wachemo University (WCU) is one of the public higher educational institutions, which was found in 2009. It is located 230 km southwest of Addis Ababa, at Hosanna town in the area of over 200 hectares.
The University commenced its function in 2012 admitting 538 students in 12 departments under 4 faculties. Currently, the University has admitted over 18,000 students in regular and continuing education programs in 48 departments under 6 Colleges, namely 1) Engineering and Technology, 2) Natural and Computational Sciences, 3) Medicine and Health Sciences, 4) Agricultural Sciences, 5) Business and Economics, and 6) Social Sciences and Humanities. In addition to these, the university has launched 4 new programs at MSc level in 2016/17 academic year.
Wachemo University is committed to excellence in teaching, research, and service for the benefit of the citizens of Ethiopia and the world, and is dedicated to the discovery, development, communication, and application of knowledge in a wide range of academic and professional fields; it provides the highest quality programs gearing towards developing new understandings through research and creativity, and it also prepares students to assume roles in leadership, responsibility, and service to the society and the country at large.