Addis Ababa University

Posted on Wednesday, June 22, 2011
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Addis Ababa University (formerly Haile Selassie I University) is a university in Ethiopia. It was originally named “University College of Addis Ababa” at its founding, then renamed for the former Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie I in 1962, receiving its current name in 1975.

Addis Ababa University was founded in 1950 at the request of Haile Selassie by a Canadian Jesuit, Dr Lucien Matte, S.J. as a two-year college, and began operations the next year. Over the following two years an affiliation with the University of London was developed.

The mission of AAU is to foster a democratic university.

Addis Ababa University Library serves and promotes the teaching, learning and research environment where information resources are made accessible for those who are engaged in the pursuit of knowledge and excellence in teaching, learning and research. The library primarily supports its parent organization, a student-centered and research-based higher education institution through provision of library and information services.

Courses Offered

  • Undergraduate Programs
  • Graduate Programs


  • College of Social Sciences and Humanities (CSSH)
  • College of Education and Behavioral Studies (CEBS)
  • College of Management, Information and Economic Sciences(CMIES)
  • College of Natural Sciences(CNS)
  • Skunder Boghossian College of Performing and Visual Arts
  • College of Health Sciences


  • School of Law
  • School of Journalism and Communications
  • School of Social Work
  • School of Economics
  • School of Business and Public Administration
  • School of Information Sciences
  • School of Commerce
  • School of Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • Yared School of Music
  • Alle School of Fine Arts and Design
  • School of Theatre Arts
  • School of Medicine
  • School of Public health
  • School of Pharmacy
  • School of Veternary Medicine


  • Institutes of Development Studies
  • Institute of Governance Studies
  • Institute of Gender Studies
  • Institute of Ethiopian Studies(IES)
  • Institute of African Studies(IAS)
  • Aklilu lema Institute of pathobiology
  • Institute of Geophysics Space Science and Astronomy


  • Faculty of Law

Contact Details
Addis Ababa University
PO Box 1176
Addis Ababa
Tel: +251 (11) 123 9800
Fax: +251 (11) 123 9729
Official Website:

addis ababa university