Addis Ababa University acquires autonomy from the state

Addis Ababa University (AAU), the first state university in Ethiopia, has received its academic and administrative autonomy which frees it from interference from the government and politicians, reports New Business Ethiopia.

This was indicated by the law passed on 4 August by the Council of Ministers of Ethiopia. Based on the new directive of the council, the AAU will be the first state-owned university to secure its academic and administrative freedom. In the new directive it is indicated the decision will enable state-owned universities in the country to operate freely from political pressure so that the higher institutions will fully focus on education and research.

In Ethiopia academic freedom has been a challenge that many scholars in the country have complained about. AAU is expected to be a model for other state-owned higher institutions.
Full report on the New Business Ethiopia site