Schools Ethiopia

Bahir Dar University

The goal of Bahir Dar University is to become the preferred university in Ethiopia and one of the top research-intensive universities in Africa by the year 2030.

About Bahir Dar University

Bahir Dar University is a university located in Bahir Dar, the capital of Ethiopia’s Amhara Region (Amharic: ). The University was created by combining two earlier smaller institutes after departments were gradually promoted to the degree level beginning in 1996. “Wise at the source of the Blue Nile” is the university’s official motto. Five colleges, four institutes, seven faculties, two academies, and two schools make up the University.

In Bahir Dar, there is a stadium with a capacity of 15,000 people called the Bahir Dar University Stadium. It is primarily utilized for association football games. It is occasionally employed in athletics as well.

Two former higher education institutions merged to establish Bahir Dar University. 

The first was the Bahir Dar Polytechnic Institute, which served as one of the University’s faculty and was founded in 1963 as a result of technological collaboration between the governments of the USSR and Ethiopia’s Imperial Government.

The institute’s main goal was to educate qualified technicians in the domains of agro-mechanics, industrial chemistry, and technologies involving metal, textile, electrical, and wood. Up until the start of the engineering degree program in 1996, the Institute had to endure several program revisions in the technology sector. The institute did everything it could during these program adjustments to provide the labor market with the best technicians, who are currently in charge of the majority of firms in the industrial, educational, agricultural, and other sectors.

The other higher education facility was Bahir Dar Teachers College, which had been founded more than 30 years prior. The Imperial Government, UNESCO, and UNDP agreed to establish the Academy of Pedagogy in 1972. The following year, under the direction of the Ministry of Education and Fine Arts, it began operations. Its main goal was to educate multifaceted primary education specialists who could adapt primary education to rural living and rural development. Training primary school teacher trainers, supervisors, educational leaders, adult education organizers, and community development agents were among its specific goals.

But, soon after it started, the curriculum was solely concerned with providing pedagogics as a major and Amharic, English, Geography, and Mathematics as minors. Eventually, when the departments that offered diplomas were promoted to degree level in 1996, diploma programs were launched. Overall, through its regular and extension programs, the college supplied professors to the various levels of the education sector.

Under the Council of Ministers decree no. 60/1999, the two universities were merged into Bahir Dar University. The Polytechnic Institute and Teachers College became the Faculty of Engineering and Faculty of Education, respectively, after the University’s founding on May 6, 2000.

The school also added two more faculties, the faculties of business and economics and law, which were founded in 2001 and 2003, respectively. In May 2001, Bahir Dar University was formally opened.

One of Ethiopia’s largest educational institutions, the university has 52,830 students enrolled in 86 Ph.D. programs, 176 master’s degree programs, and 104 undergraduate disciplines.

Almost 53,000 students are expected to enroll at the university for the academic year starting in October 2015. The university had 52,830 students enrolled as of 2016.

Faculty and Departments At Bahir Dar University

Faculty of Computing

  • Software Engineering
  • Information System
  • Computer Science
  • Information Technlology

Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering

Faculty of Chemical and Food Engineering

  • Biochemical Engineering (Ph.D.)
  • Food Engineering (Ph.D.)
  • Environmental and Biological Engineering (Ph.D.)
  • Industrial and Environmental Biotechnology (Ph.D.)
  • Nano Science and Technology (Ph.D.)
  • Polymer Science and Engineering (Ph.D.)
  • Process Engineering and Design (Ph.D.)
  • Postharvest Engineering and Management (Ph.D.)
  • Applied Human Nutrition (MSc)
  • Environmental Engineering (MSc)
  • Food Safety and Quality (MSc)
  • Food Technology (MSc)
  • Postharvest Engineering and Management (MSc)
  • Process Engineering (MSc)
  • Sugar Technology (MSc)

Faculty of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Electro-Mechanical Engineering

Faculty of Civil and Water Resources Engineering

  • Civil Engineering
  • Hydraulic and Water Resource Engineering
  • Water Resource and Irrigation Engineering

Faculty of Humanities

  • English Language and Literature
  • Ethiopian Language(s) & Literature – Amharic
  • Folklore
  • Department of Ge’ez
  • Ethiopian Language (s) and Literature – Afan Oromo
  • Journalism &Communication
  • French Language
  • Department of Cinema and Theatre Arts

Faculty of Social Sciences

  • Social Anthropology
  • Civics and Ethical Studies
  • Geog. and Environ.Studies
  • History and Heritage Management

College of Science

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Industrial Chemistry
  • Material science and Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Statistics

College of Medicine and Health Sciences

  • School of Medicine
  • School of Health Sciences
  • School of Public Health
  • Graduate Studies and Continuing Education (GSCE)

College of Business and Economics

  • Accounting and Finance program
  • Management 
  • Economics 
  • Marketing Management 
  • Logistics and Supply chain Management
  • Tourism Management 
  • Hotel Management

College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences

  • Natural Resource Management
  • Plant Sciences
  • Rural Development and Agricultural Extension
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Horticulture

College of Education and Behavioural Sciences

  • Adult Education and Community Development
  • Educational Planning and Management
  • Psychology
  • Special Needs and Inclusive Education
  • Teacher Education & Curriculum Studies

FAQS about Bahir Dar University

Q. How many Students Does Bahir Dar University admit per year?

A. This is at the discretion of the University. However, the school is home to 52,830 students.

Q. Is Bahir Dar University a Federal or State School? 

A. The University is a Public one.

Q. What is the cut-off point for Bahir Dar University?

A. Refer to the school’s website to find out.

Q. What is Bahir Dar University Official Website?


Q. Is Bahir Dar University a good school?

A. Yes. The University ranked 3rd in Ethiopia, 3905th in the global 2023 rating, and scored in the TOP 50% across 12 research topics.

Q. Are there hostels at Bahir Dar University?

A. Yes! The University only provides a few housing options for students. Prospective students have the option to make reservations with the Dean of Students office after being accepted into the university, and the available rooms are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

Q. When is the admission form coming out for Bahir Dar University?

A. Check the university’s website.

Q. Who founded Bahir Dar University?

A. The University was established under the technical cooperation between the Government of the USSR and the Imperial Government of Ethiopia. 

Q. What are the requirements for Bahir Dar University?

A. Check the University’s website to find out.

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