Background of DU

With its inception as Dilla College of Teachers’ Education and Health Sciences (DCTEHS) in 1996, the current Dilla University was organized as part of the then newly emerging Debub (Literarily means South University) in the year 2001. In its early ages, the college began the teaching-learning with small number of students, which gradually grew to host 12 departments. Through process, the Council of Ministers granted DCTEHS certification as an independent and full-fledged university in 2006 (Proclamation No.129/1999). At this junction, it is noteworthy to mention that, the college has been the icon of quality graduates with great reputation both at regional, national levels and even beyond, especially in the teaching profession until recently.
With rapid internal expansion of the universities to accommodate the geometrically increasing number of students in the country, Dilla University has established four different campuses, Seven Colleges (Technology and Engineering; Business and Economics; Health and Medical Sciences; Social Science and Humanities; Law and Governance Studies; Agriculture and Natural Resources; and Natural and Computational Sciences), two Institutes (Indigenous Studies; and Education and Behavioral Sciences) and 3 Schools which offer more than 47 undergraduate and 24 post-graduate/masters/programs and 5 PhD programs with a student population of more than 31, 000 in regular and continuing education programs. The University is also hosting specialized research centers, research and technology transfer villages that strive to put its research endeavor at a competitive edge.
Vision, Mission and Core Values
  • Vision statement “By 2030, DU aspires to be nationally competent and internationally recognized innovative university for societal transformation”
  • Mission StatementTo produce competent and qualified graduates joining workforce, with special emphasis in agriculture, natural resources, health and education to strengthen and develop industry -linkage and engagement through collaborations, innovative researches, and services with vibrant leadership”
  • Core values
  • Professionalism and ethics;
  • Recognition of creativity(innovation)
  • Partnership
  • Quality service
  • Diversity & inclusiveness
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Learning and Growth
  • Greenness
  • Effectiveness and efficiency