WELCOME TO WACHEMO UNIVERSITY
Wachemo University (WCU) is one of the third generation public higher institutions in Ethiopia, located in Hosanna town, 230km southwest of Addis Ababa. Its foundation was laid in the current location in 2009 G.C
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.
ESTABLISHMENT OF WACHEMO UNIVERSITY
EstablishmentBeing 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 UNIVERSITY
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 University is currently running 48 undergraduate and 3 graduate programs in 6 colleges and two schools. It offers courses in regular, evening, weekend and summer programs. The student enrollment has shown growth and reached from 538 in 2012 to 16,923in 2017 G.C. For the successive three years, the university also graduated over 2,000 students in the undergraduate programs.
Research and Community Service
The university also involved in demand driven and problem solving researches and has gained considerable achievements. As of June 2017, the university has published and disseminated three proceedings and hosted four national research conferences that strive towards meeting the needs of the society.
Community Service and Engagement Projects
As part of part of WCU’s community service and engagement projects, four agricultural technology transfer centers at Shone, Shenkola, Lembuda and Main campus embrace a number of ongoing and new projects. All of these projects are found in Hadiya zone where the university’s main campus is found. From these projects Dairy farming, Apiary, Camelina (Oil seed) production, Adaptation of disease resistant ‘Enset’, Apple production and Nursery site, Nursery site for coffee and Agro forestry are some to mention. As WCU’s focus is on agro-processing, oil from Camelina is extracted to attain its vision. Also in four agro-ecologically selected woredas of Hadiya Zone, (Lemo, Soro , Misha and Duna) improved seeds of wheat , Potato, and disease resisting ‘Ensets’ are distributed to Model Farmers. Besides the aforementioned projects, STEM project is running in four High Schools at Fonko, Gimbichu, Durame and Hyranzi (Silte Zone).
Hosanna Integrated Development Planning Program (HIPP)
HIPP is a unique program Wachemo University (WCU) handles through research and community service scheme. The program focuses on preparation of urban and regional development plan for the town of Hosanna and its surrounding satellite towns. HIPP is a 3 years program that includes about 100 WCU academic staff and external professors with a planned budget of nearly 31 million Birr.
Finally, all the community members of WCU with their profundity and commitment are playing immense role to achieve the national growth and transformation plan (GTP) via the university’s vision, mission and goals. The University has been working hard in teaching, research and community services for the last six years. It has been awarded the prize of “Best achieving University” among the newly established third generation Universities in Ethiopia for four successive years, from 2013-16 academic years.
CURRENT STATUS OF WACHEMO UNIVERSITY
In the past few years, WCU made remarkable progress in program diversification and campus expansion. Currently, the university functions in three campus premises, namely, the Main campus found in Hosaena town, Durame campus (located on Kambata Tembaro zone), and Nigist Eleni Mohammed Memorial teaching Hospital found in Hosaena town.
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