ESTABLISHMENT OF WACHEMO UNIVERSITYBeing 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
NAMING THE UNIVERSITYWhen 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.
CURRENT STATUS OF WACHEMO UNIVERSITY
The first construction phase of the university is classified into 25% and 75% in which more than 98% of the 25% has been completed. The 25% of the first phase construction is of 12 blocks consisting of students’ dormitory, cafeteria, library, classrooms, laboratory and other accommodation services. More than 69.7% of the 75% construction which is of 32 blocks has been completed.
LOCATION OF WACHEMO UNIVERSITY
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