The Africa Center of Excellence for Climate Smart Agriculture and Biodiversity Conservation (Climate SABC) at Haramaya University in Ethiopia established with financial support from the World Bank, provides a new opportunity for African students to enroll in a transdisciplinary post-graduate study conducted by a truly global faculty in one of the following programs:
- MSc in Climate-Smart Agriculture
- MSc in Biodiversity Conservation and Ecosystem Management
- Ph.D. in Climate Smart Agriculture and Biodiversity Conservation with five Sub-Specializations
- Policy Institutions and Innovation
- Soil and Water
- Biodiversity Management
Haramaya University is a pre-eminent institution of higher learning in Ethiopia. It pioneered the field of agricultural sciences and the provisioning of the tripartite functions of education, research, and extension in the country.
The early establishment of the university has a notable historical perspective. An agreement was signed between the Governments of Ethiopia and the United States of America (USA) on 16 May 1952, commissioning Oklahoma State University to initiate and operate an agricultural college in the country that was based on the US Land Grant University model to dispense the functions of agricultural education, research, and extension nationally. To fulfill this mandate, the new college would also conduct research and extend its resultant technologies through a nationwide system of agricultural research and experimental stations that it would help to establish in the country. With these lofty goals and mission, the Alemaya College of Agriculture and the Mechanical Arts was established in 1954 near the town of
Haramaya at the small village of Baate. The institution operated as a College of Agriculture under Addis Ababa University up until 1986. Graduate study programs were launched in several fields of agriculture in the 1979/80 academic year with 29 students. In 1987, the college was promoted to the level of the university by the Ethiopian government and given the name Alemaya University of Agri-culture. In 1996, the Alemaya University of Agriculture was re-named Alemaya University with the opening of new faculties hosting new disciplines beyond agriculture, including health, education, and social sciences, at its Haramaya and Ha-rar campuses. In 2006, the name Alemaya University was changed to Haramaya University, with the name ‘Haramaya’ denoting the original local vernacular name of the nearby town where the institution was founded.
ACE for Climate SABC is a five-year project that aims at producing skilled human capital through research-based quality post-graduate programs and short-term, skill-based training courses.
Since climate change is a worldwide problem-posing challenge to the survival of mankind and sustainable development, the issues of climate, biodiversity, and agriculture are matters of great concern particularly for Africa where the majority of its population highly depends on rain-fed agriculture.
Besides, as a number of projects in our continent and region vastly focus on other matters but education, this project would be indispensable in finding key solutions to the continent’s developmental challenges.
The project plans to upgrade the teaching and research facilities, support the development and implementation of appropriate curricula and research programs through an integrated and holistic approach with HU partners from other universities in the Eastern and Southern African region and other parts of the world.
At present, the university operates on two campuses, namely Haramaya (the main campus) and Harar. The main campus is located in the Hararghe Zone of the Oromia Regional State in the eastern part of the country in the Haramaya district, at a distance of about 510 km from Addis Ababa. The campus is perched on a serene hillside of the village of Baate, about 5 km from the nearby town of Haramaya, which is situated on the main road connecting the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa with the historical eastern city of Harar. The main Harar-Addis Ababa highway branches to the town of Dire Dawa northwards at the village of Dangago. The university is located at distances of about 25 km from Harar and 40 km from Dire Dawa towns, respectively.
Facilities and Amenities
Public transport services to Haramaya, Harar, and Dire Dawa, with connections to Addis Ababa and other localities in the country, are available just outside the main gates of the university. Travel to and from Addis Ababa is also possible by air through the Dire Dawa International Airport which is operated by Ethiopian Airlines. Travel by train to and from Dire Dawa to Addis Ababa is scheduled to begin soon on a brand new transnational railway connecting Addis Aba-ba with the port city of Djibouti.
The main university campus boasts a number of recreational facilities and amenities, including a multi-sport stadium, additional sports grounds, shopping centers, broadband, and wireless internet services, cafeterias and lounges, a kindergarten, a model primary and secondary school, resource centers, hotel accommodation services, and a few other related facilities. Outdoor shopping facilities and amenities are also available at Baate, Haramaya, Harar, and Dire Dawa towns. Current student and staff populations on the campus constitute both Ethiopians and other nationalities.