Vice Presidents’ Message

Dr Bezabih

         Message from  Vice President for Academic  Affairs

Office of the academic vice president is accountable to the university. The office serves as chief administrator in the absence of president; and has responsibilities for planning, leading, coordinating, facilitating and implementing the vast array of academic issues undertaking in the academic hemisphere of the university. To comprehend these responsibilities, the vice president works closely with Academic Directors, Deans, Department heads, Coordinators, other Administrators, and members of the University. The Office supervises different institute, colleges, Deans, Schools and Academic Directorates.

The major duties and responsibilities of the office of the Academic vice president are to:

  • Plan, lead, coordinate and oversee responsibilities for development and management of graduate and undergraduate academic programs, continuing education, teaching and learning support, office of the Registrar and alumni directorate and library and documentation.
  • Devise strategies which help to follow and ensure the implementation of policies, plans, rules and regulations, legislation and other guidelines governing academic programs, academic and technical staff, and students;
  • Ensure the employment and promotion of academic staff in consistent with the university’s rules and procedures;
  • Coordinate periodic academic program reviews and work with academic units in the review, study, and development of curriculum and the improvement of instruction;
  • Establish and facilitate collaboration with industries and other institutions in pursuit of the university’s
  • Support and ensure the programs of study; prepare and supply qualified  graduates in knowledge, skills, and attitudes on the basis of existing needs of the country;
  • Ensure the university’s strategic and operations plans are in place for colleges and reporting units, monitoring and supporting best practices, monitoring performances, and promoting positive relations internally and externally;
  • Combating HIV/AIDS, supporting people with special needs and mainstreaming the issues of gender equality on and off the university’s campus.
  • Works closely and collaboratively with other vice presidents for effective and efficient use of resources and manages the activities of the University’s broad academic direction/vision, priorities and policies;
  • Exercise the responsibilities the president may entrust to him/her.
  • The academic units accountable to the office Academic Vice President and assist with academic functions are:
  • One institute – Institute of Technology
  • Seven Colleges – College of Engineering, College of Computing, College of Natural & Computational Sciences, College of Social Science & Humanities, College of  Education and Behavioral Studies, College of Agriculture and Natural Resource Management, College of Business and Economics.

Bezabih Wondimu ,(PhD)

Vice President

 Message from Vice President  for administrative and Students  Affairs 

Ethiopian Federal Democratic Republic has invested and is investing immensely in the massive expansion of higher education institutions because these institutions are believed to supply the much-needed human resources to the society. They are, by and large, the sources of scientific and technological advancement and economic growth of a country. With this contention, Madda Walabu University was established in February 2005 and commenced teaching in December 2006, taking about 750 students on two campuses, Robe main campus and Goba campus, with human resources of about 76 academic staff and 24 support workers

Currently, the university is offering training on the two campuses and a newly established additional campus in Shashemene town. The university is also offering various community services, most notably medical service in Gob Referral Hospital (the hospital which was transferred to the university in recent time).  In general, Madda Walabu University is carrying out training, research and community outreach with the total of human resource of about 2476 (949 teaching staff and 1527 support workers).

In order to achieve its goal, the university is structured under three major wings: Academic Vice President Office, Administration and Development Vice President Office, and Research, Community Services and Technology Transfer Vice President Office. The Academic sector strives to realize the effective teaching-learning core process through four colleges, one institute, and three schools. The Research, Community Services, and Technology Transfer wing, consisting of three directorates, is making every effort to create conducive research environment and realize various community service engagements. The Administration and Development wing consists of the following nine departments:

  1. Administration and Development Vice President Directorate
  2. Student Service Directorate
  3. Human Resource Management Directorate
  4. Finance and Budget Directorate
  5. Procurement and Property Management Directorate
  6. Facility Management and Security Directorate
  7. Technique and Engineering Directorate
  8. Addis Ababa Liaison Office

Through these departments and sub-departments, the Administration and Development Vice President Office is exerting its maximum effort to contribute to the achievement of the main mission and vision of the university. The office is responsible for empowering and mobilizing human resources, managing the finance and procurement systems and monitoring the proper utilization and management of material resources. The office also manages the provision of accommodation, food, health, recreation and other services to students. Further, the office facilitates the provision and maintenance of various infrastructures, plans and manages the campus beautification based on the campus main landscape and maintains the campus security issue. Other than this, the Administration and Development Vice President’s Office is making working to generate resources and develop the university’s income.

Madda Walabu University has a long journey to travel in terms of expanding infrastructure, providing learning resources and facilities, and enhancing staff development and leadership commitment scenarios in order to achieve its goal to the fullest level. Using this opportunity, I would like to request all the stakeholders to contribute to the attainment of the university’s mission and vision.

Dirriba Kejela, (PhD)

Dr Hassen Shifa

Message from  Vice Presidentfor Research, Community Engagement and Technology Transfer (VPRCETT)

The Vice President for research, community engagement and technology transfer will serve as advisor to the President and has primary leadership responsibilities for planning, implementing, and coordinating the research, community service and technology transfer. Within the context of academic institutions, it is evident that quality and relevant research contributes significantly to the search for excellence and to the ongoing efforts to ensure quality learning and teaching with the ultimate goal of cultivating and nurturing the new generation for the future of Ethiopia.

The significance of research for changing the lives of the
immediate and wider communities and improving their wellbeing is beyond doubt. Research projects initiated by universities can often yield very useful findings with direct bearings on policy initiatives, generation of new development insights, application of technologies and innovations, and ultimately on the quality of life of our citizens. To improve the relevance of research and technology development for societal and national development needs, institutions have to identify their thematic research areas considering their staff profile, topics of excellence and local needs.

Major tasks of the Office of The Vice  President for Research, Community engagement and Technology  Transfer are to:

1. Formulate research strategies and performance indicators, appropriate policies and procedures necessary to ensure successful implementation of the research and community service vision of the University;

2. Establish a system of research and outreach service management for the University;

3.    Attract research grants addressing issues of national concern and facilitating the conduct of strategic research on development issues;

4.     Promote interdisciplinary and collaborative thematic research projects that can have a major impact on national development;

5. Provide resources to help interdisciplinary teams develop competitive proposals for external research funding;

6.   Supporting,coordinating and overseeing research infrastructure development and management of research facilities in the University;

7.  Build strong, productive University-industry collaborations and relationships with industry partners nationally and internationally;

8. Support and oversee the establishment and operation of incubation center providing an environment for innovation, entrepreneurship and new business growth;

9.  Coordinate, monitor and appraise the performance of the various research and outreach units of the University, including those of the research institutes established in
the University;

10.   Plan, promote and carryout close work relations and linkages with appropriate government research and development agencies/institutions;

11. Oversee ethical standards for the conduct of research (including issues of scientific integrity, financial management, financial and business conflicts of interest, grant and contract compliance, etc.

12. Design and maintain research and community service databases.

13. Organize seminars, conferences and workshops to and encourage academics to take part in research and community service on critical national issues.

Contact Address :-
Hassen Shifa     (PhD, Associate professor of plant Pathology)

  Position: Research,Community Engagement and Technology      Transfer Vice President


 Phone:    +251911991500


Dr Keta Bekere

Message from Vice President for Business and Development 

Dear Alumni, Students, academic and Support Staff, respected local and international partners of MWU, and distinguished viewers of the MWU Website, the Vice President for Business and Development Office is established to assist, manage and lead four directorates, one office, and two centers of the university. These are:

Business and
development V/P office directorate

  •  ICT Directorate
  • Revenue generation Directorate
  •  Enterprises Directorate
  •  Construction project
  •  Waste Water treatment
    center and

beautification center.

The office is
committed to:

  • Improve
    the ICT infrastructure for the delivery of quality Education, Research,
    and Community Services
  •  Engage
    in some production and service provision activities
  • Establish
    commercial entities that will create job opportunities for the unemployed
    workforce and to generate revenue
  • Properly
    plan the construction project (prioritizing, focusing on quality) by
    considering intake capacity, number of staff and available budget
  • Beautify
    the compound (landscaping) and
  • Increase collaborative links and partnerships with
    community, industry, government, and non-government organizations.

In general, personal dedication, teamwork establishing, fostering collaboration among stakeholders, careful implementation, evaluation, getting feedback and interventions on drawbacks, on one hand, sorting out good practices of the university and sustaining them, creating a good quality culture, good governance, resource generation, and management will enable to its goals and uplift the university. Thank you for your interest to look at our website!

               Leta Bekere Kumssa  (PhD)

Contact Address:

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