History of Wachemo University

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History of Wachemo University

History of Wachemo University, 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.


Being one of the nine newly established universities that started their work in 2004 E.C, his Excellency Prime Minster Meles Zenawi laid down its cornerstone at Hossana in February 2001 E.C. In his speech, the Primer said that besides widening access to education, the opening of Wachemo University will have a big contribution to speed up the development of Hossana town and its surrounding. Moreover, the Primer added that for the farmers of Hadiyya who have a special trend in wheat production, the presence of the university will have a big contribution in making them even more productive.


When the cornerstone of today’s Wachemo University laid down, it was to be called Hossana University. However, as it takes into account the people’s interest, the topographic nature of the environment and demonstration of the actual condition of the community, it is reasonable to change it by its historical name ‘Wachemo’. The term wachemo by its local language, on one hand, indicates the place that is surrounded by trees with fresh air and suitable for living. On the other hand, it is believed that it was the name of the founder of Hossana town, respected, rich and hero man. Therefore, the former name of the town as well as the name of the university has taken into consideration these and other historical bases.


The constriction of buildings in the University is at its final phase. When the construction is over, the annual intake capacity of students in regular program will be over 13,000


Wachemo University is found in Hossana town of Hadiyya administrative zone in SNNPRS. Hossana town is 230kms away from Addis Ababa, and the University is 3kms away from the center of the town.The topographic feature of the town is of both plain and plateau lands, and this has contributed to its natural scenery. Being suitable for living and showing progress from time to time, it has been considered as one of the fast growing cities among the 22 reform cities in the region.