Samara University was established in 2006 G.C as one of the second generation Universities in Ethiopia. 


Samara University went operational in 2007 by the establishment Council of Minsters Regulation No. 211/2011 in Afar Regional State, where it all began. Enrolling the first batch with 1876 students, now through increasing its intake capacity and expanding academic programs offered in this academic year (2023/24), the University has enrolled 3923 students in the regular program, 786 students in the continuing program, 545 students in the summer program, 197 students in its postgraduate program, 2424 in the remedial program.

Currently, there are a total of more than 8000  students in all programs. The University has expanded to seven colleges and three schools with 50 Departments catering students in different major area undergraduate studies and 23 postgraduate programs.

Samara University’s opportunities are rooted in its physical location, Afar Region, which is potentially rich for research undertakings in historical, cultural and natural environments that support the university to convey its mission. Recently, the university is classified as “University of Applied Science” and will fully transit in the next few years, with mission of conducting applied teaching and
learning, applied research, and technology transfer and community service.

  • Samara University is one of the second generation Universities in the country which was established in 1999 E.C/2006/07 G.C in the Afar Regional state to accomplish the mission given to higher education by, community service and technological transfer for sustainable social, cultural, economic, political, scientific and technological development.
  • As one of the higher educational institutions in Ethiopia found in pastoralist region, Samara University is playing active role in solving community problems. The University is striving to be one of the top ten leading universities in east Africa in the year 2035
  • As part of its aspirations towards being a leading national and East African University, it is implementing a number of institutional reforms, curricula reviews, and student-focused service provision.  As a key player in national development initiatives, the University is doing its best