01 March 2013
There has been intense debate on Ethiopian parliament academia and media about the presence of serious corruption in Mekelle University over the past four years. Read here here and here. Mekele University’s Board is Chaired by former guerrilla fighter, Tewodros Hagos who is also the Central Committee member of the ruling TPLF/EPRDF Party is a close relative and friend of Mekelle University’s Vice President, Dr. Kindeya Gebrehiwot (former President).
According to a background information available on the Offcal Website of the University, it was officially inaugurated as a University in 2000. At present, the University has eight colleges: Business and Economics, Dry Land Agriculture and Natural Resources Management, Engineering, Law and Governance, Social Sciences and Languages, Veterinary Madicine, Natural and Computational Sciences and Health Sciences; and two institutes: Institute of Pedagogical Sciences, and Paleoenvironment and Heritage Conservation. At present MU hosts over 23,000 students in the regular, continuing education programme and summer, evening, distance education and in-service program in both undergraduate and graduate program.