Mekelle University is found at the town of Mekelle in Tigray region of Northern Ethiopia , at a distance of 783 Kilometers from the Ethiopian capital. The merger the two former colleges: Mekelle Business College and Mekelle University College established the University in May 2000 by the Government of Ethiopia (Council of Ministers, Regulations No. 61/1999 of Article 3) as an autonomous higher education institution. The two colleges have their own historical developments after beginning from scratch, and have also experienced exhausting ascends and descends, with voluminous relocations from place to place.
Mekelle University College was incepted in 1993 as the Arid Zone Agricultural College which had been recited in Mekelle after a series of relocations. During the former regime, the College was originally intended to be located near Selekleka, in northwestern Tigray. But, due to many reasons, it was first established at Asmara University as a faculty, but was then moved to Agarfa, in southern Ethiopia, when the Dergue displaced Asmara University in 1990 due to the then political instability. In 1991, after some years, Asmara University retuned to Asmara and the Arid Zone Agricultural Faculty moved temporarily to Alemaya University.
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