The Ethiopia Ministry of Education has announced plans to construct 11 public universities, beginning the coming fiscal year. This bid will see the country increase enrollment capacity to 60, 000 and the country will have 42 of such institutions. The projects would be completed within a period of two years.
Minister Dr. Kaba Urgessa said the institutions will be constructed in Amhara, Oromia, and Southern Nations Nationalities states. The new projects will be undertaken in the next growth and transformation plan named the GTP II, whose implementation starts next fiscal year.
Designs for the buildings were being worked on by Kaba, who are also conducting surveys and selecting suitable areas for construction.
The minister also indicated that they would do the construction and equipping, according to lessons they learnt from previous similar undertakings.
The country would also give priority to science studies while undertaking the new construction project. It would also train lectures for the institutions, beginning next academic year.
A Turkish delegation visited the Ethiopia president last year to discuss construction of a model city and a housing development in the capital city. This is among other developments such as a US$2.4bn airport 70km away, expected to open up the capital city to more business.