The University of Gondar is one of the oldest universities in Ethiopia. Established in 1954 as a Public Health College and Training Center, the University has steadily grown and evolved into one of the top education institutions in the country today. As they celebrate their 60th anniversary, they look forward to a future as the country’s leading societal problem solving university.
The University of Gondar provides students with an excellent teaching and learning environment. They currently have 21636 undergraduate and 1829 postgraduate students. They provide a wide range of subjects including 56 undergraduate and 64 postgraduate programs. With over 25,000 past graduates their goal is to deliver societal needs tailored education in order to contribute to the sustainable socio-economic development of their nation.
The University of Gondar is committed to fostering innovative research and scholarship. They provide research grants every year to encourage new research and all of their faculties carry out work under set research themes. They also currently run 3 specialist research centers in a bid to help identify and address the needs of their society.
A CLOSER ASSOCIATION WITH SOCIETY
Community service is at the core of their work at the University of Gondar. Initially established to address the health needs of local people, they have maintained and strengthened their connection and commitment to serving their community. Every year they provide funding to encourage innovative and effective community interventions. Their faculties also have a long and proud tradition of providing essential medical, legal, technical and social services to the community.
With a growing reputation for innovation and dynamism, the University of Gondar attracts committed and qualified staff. They currently have 1500 academic staff members, with a growing number of international staff. All their academic staff, in keeping with the ethos of their University, carry out teaching, research and community service activities.
Since it’s establishment, the University of Gondar has continually maintained strong international links. Set up jointly by USAID, WHO, the Ministry of Public Health and UNICEF, they continue to build relationships with international organisations and universities. They currently have relationships with over 20 universities in 10 countries around the world. They continue to forge new connections to help them share their learning and strengthen their teaching, research and community services.
DEVELOPMENT AND INNOVATION
The University of Gondar is greatly committed to investing in the future. Alongside their developing programs and delivery they want to ensure that they establish firm foundations to support their growth as an outstanding educational establishment. As such they have invested heavily in developing their infrastructure. They are developing new sites as well as working to maintain and develop existing ones. Major building projects include the development of a referral hospital and a new campus in Tseda. They have invested heavily in their ICT infrastructure to ensure that they have the technology to take them into the future. Their ICT has received recognition nationally as a model of good practice. They also seek to ensure their future sustainability through innovative income generation schemes.