Ten newly built universities in different parts of the country are ready for the admission of 15, 000 new entrants by end of November, 2017, Ministry of Education disclosed.
In an exclusive interview with The Ethiopian Herald, New Universities Construction Project Office General Manager, Abebech Negash said: "By now, the 10 universities, but Kebridahar, whose construction started late, are at 92 per cent completion status, leaving the finishing job, and about 70 per cent of the contractors are in quest of handing over the projects."
Though the projects were meant to be erected at an initial outlay of 2.4 billion Birr, it would incur additional cost on account of revised design, she indicated.
The ministry expects to see 100 per cent completion of the projects until October 20.
The ministry has already assigned presidents and vice presidents for the universities. Teaching and other staffs have recently been recruited in different campuses are now receiving trainings, she said.
Although there has been some delay of purchases on the part of the Federal Public Procurement and Property Administration Agency, agreements have now been reached with the suppliers for all the inputs necessary to start the instructional process, Abebech added. "We otherwise could start it earlier in the academic year."
Consequently, the ministry is to take over the universities as of this week and decided the opening calendar to be the last week of November.
Abebech noted that the new universities would further add to the nation's effort in ensuring education coverage which has already brought it international recognition.
In addition, to contributing to the quality education, the new universities would vitally affect the pace of socioeconomic transformation. And they would create significant number of permanent and temporary jobs to citizens including the communities nearby.