Agricultural Economics Department:
The department of agricultural economics was established in 2011 under the college of agriculture. Following the implementation of business process re-engineering (BPR) in the university in 2009, the department became a separate entity based in the main campus. Currently, the department offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the regular classes. Noting the rapidly changing economic, political and social environments locally and globally, the department cooperates with other departments of the university through offering common courses. Within the university-wide goals, the department of agricultural economics has the following mission, vision and goals.
The department aspires to be the centre of excellence in teaching-learning and applied research in the area of economic issues that contribute to the development efforts of the country in agriculture.
The mission of the department of agricultural economics is to produce trained and skilled professionals who could undertake applied research related to the socio-economic problems facing society with a particular emphasis on agriculture.
- BSc in Agricultural Economics
The department of agricultural economics is the oldest departments in the Ethiopian higher education. Currently, Wollo University is running the program at different levels of qualifications in BSC and MSC on regular, extension and summer programs. The program has been making its own contribution to the development efforts through producing skilled and competent professionals in areas such as socioeconomic research and development, agricultural marketing, agricultural entrepreneurship, and policy analysis. On top of these, there is a very wide international reputation and significance of the program all over the world.
- To train manpower with basic skills that would help in, working, teaching and researching in areas of agricultural economics
- To facilitate, encourage and conduct research in agricultural economics and disseminate research findings through outreach programme
- To promote interdisciplinary collaboration among the various programs in training, research and extension
- To offer short term trainings for interested people and consultancy services to business organization, non- business organizations and community at large in agricultural economic aspects
- MBA with concentration in Agroeconomics
Eligibility Those with BA/BSc in agricultural economics, economics, or other closely related fields; and those who have taken core courses (microeconomics, macroeconomics, mathematical economics/calculus) or who can audit and qualify these core courses and minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.00 are eligible for the program. Students who never took the core courses may be given acceptance on condition of taking and passing the core courses. Graduates in other fields are eligible for admission upon the completion of one to two semester(s) preparatory courses
The overarching goal of the agricultural economics is to produce qualified professionals participating in designing economic policies and undertaking problem-oriented research in response to the growing demand for economics professionals who are trained to plan, design, analyze, monitor, and evaluate various projects and assist business firms in making optimum production decisions to sustain efficient resources utilization. On a regular basis, the department collects data, analyze and disseminate economic information so as to make knowledge widely available and useful for the effective utilization of the national resources. It will provide consultancy and training to the interested clients. Furthermore, the department will render services in capacity building to various organizations and public at large through its extension and short-term trainings. The main objectives of this program are