The Ministry of Education announced plan to construct 11 new universities during the second growth and transformation plan period, which will begin in the next Ethiopian fiscal year.
Oromia, South Ethiopia and Amhara are among the regional states the universities will be built with the aim of increasing access to higher education, according to the State Minister Dr kaba Urgessa.
Up on completion, these universities will increase enrollment capacity to 600,000 in regular program alone and raise number of higher learning institutions to 42.
Design of the buildings, selecting specific areas for the construction and conducting surveys on the selected areas are being underway, Kaba said.
Construction of the universities is expected to be completed within two years and priority will be given to science fields.
Training of lecturers for these universities will be started next academic year, so as to equip them with skilled labor, he added.
Constructing and equipping these universities will be carried out in accordance with the lessons learnt from the previous practices, the Minister said.