Overview of the Department

Transportation creates a great link with various geographical areas (on land surface, water surface and in the air). The spatial prints created as the stamp on the land are flourished as towns and cities. Thus, since many decades, rapid growth of urbanization has led to growing mobility and demand for transportation. Steadily, rising car fleet particularly in Addis Ababa has increased congestion, number of accidents and environmental deterioration. Addis Ababa has more than 70% of the total vehicles and relatively high traffic accident in the Country.


It is also dominated by insufficient road infrastructure density (17.3% lower than world standard of 25-30%) and poor public (mass) transport service and costly operation of transport services. Increasing motorization was and is with poor institutional structure and with ill management conditions. This calls for the need to reformulate the best capacity building in urban transport management with the aim of providing safe, cost-effective and environmental-friendly transport system to bring about sustainable socio-economic development.


Capacity building related efforts in transport in a nutshell is marginal in Ethiopia in general and in Addis Ababa in particular. The sector is suffering from shortage of skilled professionals capable to cope with transport dynamics. Managing growing infrastructure, flow entities and the service part is becoming challenging compared to the pace of socioeconomic and political development of the City. This has caused serious detrimental effect on the lives of the people and the environment at large, and places the country leading in traffic accident in the world.


The Federal Transport Authority has been a leading institution in the transport sector since its foundation in 1967 by Order No 49/1967. It has passed a number of developmental stages and has been laying a foundation for current reviving economy in the country. Even though, transport is a life line of the economy the institutional set up had not still been given special attention as the evidences from best practices.


Higher institutions of the country had paid little attention to the sector too, despite of the fact that efforts have been made by Admas University (private) was the first institution in Ethiopia to facilitate “Transport Management” at TVET level in the country and it managed to produce diploma graduates in 2007. In the same year the Government of Ethiopia has taken measures to revise the curriculum of the whole business related courses at the national level. This saw the introduction of Transport Operation as a Module nationally applied in Ethiopian TVET-System.


Currently, the demand for transport professionals is rapidly increasing because of the following reasons:

The current policy direction, which propagates Agricultural Development Lead Industrialization (ADLI) and favors, decentralized development. These directions exacerbate the demand for transport so as to enhance urban rural linkage and regional specialization.

The current rate of growth of the economy and the assumed rate during the planning period of Growth and Transportation Plan (GTP) (11-15%) put transport on top priority. Therefore, this ambitious plan has expected more from the transport sector in facilitating inter-urban, national and inter-national linkages, services and trade.

The increasing rate of global economic dynamism and the need to provide reliable means of transport to maintain competitiveness, which rather signifies the importance of skilled professional in the sector.

Fast rate of development of transport technology and its associated benefit and environmental concerns require skilled professional for effective management.

Proliferation of market oriented agricultural activities (poultry, floriculture, dairy and beef farming) and the growing efforts of the mining industry (cement) have demanded reliable transport, which necessarily is coordinated, planned and managed by skilled professionals.


Rapid rate of urbanization and policy induced urban-urban and urban rural linkages escalated the need for transportation and transport professionals.

The impact of Road Sector Development Program I, II, III and IV in facilitating regional integration by improving road network density, accessibility and connectivity; and the increasing need to administer and manage the growing complexity of transport system largely attract the attention of the policy makers in boosting the number of transport professionals.

 The tourism potential of the country in general and heritage sites in Addis Ababa in particular, heightened the importance of transportation.

Thus, to meet the various sectors of the economy discussed and to enhance the social and political development of Addis Ababa, building sound transport system is of great significance. The bottom line in building sound transport system is strengthening the capacity of the transport institutions (organization, manpower and infrastructure) . And therefore, this curriculum is primarily designed to address the human resource need of transport institutions of the country at large.



To produce graduates with full professional competence in urban transport planning, scheduling, and management.

to train students with the necessary knowledge of the concepts, theories, models and techniques of appraising spatial and temporal dynamics of peoples’ mobility in different economic structures.

To produce experts who are capable of consulting planners, policy makers, researchers, NGOs and other agencies related to logistics and transport issues.

To engage students in high level research and development activities that offer optimal solution to Addis Ababa’s contemporary urban transport problems such as congestion, transport demand-supply imbalance, road shortage, transport management problems … etc.

To prepare students for career opportunities in governmental, public, private and NGOs services




Specifically, the program expects to achieve the following objectives:

 To educate the participants and make them suitable for improving, and managing the transportation system of Addis Ababa,

To enable them to participate in and contribute to the transport policy formulation and implementation with adequate analytical skills.

To strengthen their skills in transport and development, urban transport economics, urban transport planning, sustainable urban transport management.

To build up the capacity of the students further in undertaking scientific research on transport and planning issues.

To equip participants in employing the transport management software within the transport system so as to make the system efficient, reliable, and convenient to the stakeholders.


To provide the participants skills in identifying, analyzing, and managing transport operations and present     scientific reports in the form of article, posters or oral presentation



Certificate(only for CTE) Diploma(only for CTE) Undergraduate  Degree Programs Masters programs


No Name Educational  Background Academic Rank Email address Phone no. Research interests Publications


Getachew  Tadesse





Ass .proof





- Development related issues of urban areas

- Urban demographics

-          Fertility differentials in Ethiopia

-          Household energy consumption and environment



Engida Tadie











- urban transport problems

-Urbanization problems

- sustainable development challenges






Shiwaye Mersha









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- Urban transport problems and challenges

- problems of Urban traffic management

  - Urban transport and environmental problems

- Urban public transport and mobility management






Fasika Belay






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-Problems of urbanization ,transportation and development

-causes of urban transportation problems

- transport and environmental problems

-population ,environment and development







Name of the Department Head => Shiwaye Mersha

Phone =>   0913226824                                                            

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Office Location => New building closer to science shared building 

Building No. or Name =>4th floor