About AAiT


  • The vision of the Institute is:

To be one of the Top 5 Technology Higher Education institutions in Africa


The Mission of AAiT is:

  • Educating students as Leading Engineers and Entrepreneurs
  • Pursuing Research and Creativity that nurtures Innovation Powering the Economic and Social Transformation of the nation and beyond
  • Incubating Technology Transfer that improve Productivity, Efficiency and Quality of the products and services of local Industry
  • Fostering a Culture of Achievement that makes a difference in society and serve the country by advancing Scientific and Technological Literacy in the community
  • Becoming preferred International Education and Research Partner
  • Core Values

    AAiT upholds as its core values of:

    • Academic excellence –engaging students and faculty in knowledge creation anddissemination of innovations that transform the society. We will continually identify opportunities for learning and benchmarking best practices to excelling in its mission, and sharing our best insights with local higher education institutions
    • Professionalism- operating with the highest possible standards of professionalism andethics and seeks to provide high-quality education, research and consultancy as efficiently as possible
    • Organizational excellence – investing the resources entrusted to us optimally andefficiently, and realizing the full potential of our people in managing a capable, motivated, inclusive, and positive work environment. We seek and embrace participations from stakeholders including gender, underrepresented nations & nationalities and regions, and institutions
    • Social responsibility-striving to reach its full potential in order to fulfill its socialresponsibility through the active participation of its students and staff in community development activities and public services that bring about positive changes and contributing to social transformation
    • Accountability for public benefit-operating with integrity and transparency, andmaintaining the highest standards of performance in administration, business processes, management, and oversight


    • AAiT aspires to play a leading role in academic excellence setting standards in quality and productivity of applied sciences and engineering education, research, innovation and business incubation. We further aspire to be a driving force in the national economic growth and rural industrialization strategic plan of the nation

    History of Addis Ababa Institute of Technology (AAiT)

    • Addis Ababa Institute of Technology is the new name for the first institution teaching engineering education in the country. Initially, it was named the Imperial College of Engineering. It was established in 1953. At the beginning, the college opened two-year intermediate engineering programs. Subsequently, the students were sent abroad for a further study leading to a B.Sc. degree. In 1958, a four-year degree program in civil and industrial engineering was launched. In the following year, the industrial engineering program was split into electrical and mechanical engineering programs, and the duration of the study for all programs was extended to five years. In 1961, the college became a chartered member of Addis Ababa University and expanded further in 1963 by opening the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning
    • In 1965, the college moved from its former location in the compound of the Technical School at Mexico Square (the now Tegbare-Id) to the Arat Kilo Campus (the current College of Natural Sciences). In the following year, the college then moved to its present campus. The new campus was constructed by the financial assistance of the Federal Republic of Germany. The former Ethio-Swedish Institute of Building College, the College of Engineering and the Building College merged to form the Faculty of Technology in 1969
    • For the last six decades, Faculty of Technology of Addis Ababa University has been educating. The Faculty of Technology used to admit 200 – 250 students per year. Eight years back, the Ethiopian government has introduced new educational policy whereby the student admitted to tertiary education would be 70 % Science and Technology, and 30 % social sciences, business, economics, and humanities. In this ratio, the engineering and technology contribution is expected to be on average about 40 % of the student population in the undergraduate programs. This was introduced to create engineers and scientists needed to speed up technology transfer and innovation in order to bring the transformation and fast growth in the Ethiopian economy
    • In order to effectively manage the large student population and swiftly respond to the need of the government transformational plan and support the growth and competiveness of the industry, the Faculty of Technology was given autonomy and new leadership with international experience since April 2010. The Faculty of Technology was re-organized into Addis Ababa Institute of Technology and the leader of the Institute is named as Scientific Director, with Vice President Status of the university. The new institute was officially inaugurated in October 2010
    • The institute is the largest engineering institute with better staff profile as compared the other thirty two public universities in the nation. For young PhD holders and researchers returning from aboard, it is a very preferred environment to work in. It does still play critical role in supporting engineering education in most of the universities across the nation and beyond. It trains instructors of other universities and delivers courses as visiting professors in their programs. Thus, the quality of education and research at AAiT reflects the national strengthen and weakness in creativity, innovation and entrepreneurial culture

    Academic staff

    No Academic staff Number
    1 Professors 4
    2 Associate Professors 16
    3 Assistant Professors 43
    4 Lecturers 118

    Student Program

    No Student Program Regular Extension
    1 PhD 92 *
    2 M.SC 2824 827
    3 B.Sc. 10,284 2675