Welcome to St. Mary’s University College (SMUC) – a pioneer private higher education institution with commendable achievements in teaching-learning, research and outreach activities.
Our achievements over the last twelve years are the source of pride and motivation for both the institution and the sector at large. So far, we have managed to graduate more than forty thousand students in the conventional and distance modes. In our continuous quest for improvement, we are increasingly strengthening the student support system in both modes of learning. The Center for Educational Improvement and Quality Assurance (CEIQA) and the Academic Development and Resource Unit (ADRU) are but two units entrusted with the task of spearheading our efforts in this direction.
The involvement of SMUC in research-related activities is also augmenting. The National Conference on Private Higher Education Institutions in Ethiopia, which SMUC hosts annually, was held in August 2010 for the eighth time in a row. The institution has also been holding annual student research forum exclusively dedicated to student researchers since 2007 and Annual Multi-disciplinary Seminar since 2009. In a similar vein, the institution has embarked on a wide-ranging publication scheme. Accordingly, a few publications have already come out and others are on the pipeline. In this regard, the Business Faculty, the Faculty of Law and the Institute of Agriculture and Development Studies have launched their journals. The Teacher Education Faculty’s quarterly bulletin has lately began to include more research activities in its contents. The institution also has variety of publication schemes (e.g Higher Education Series, Digest Series, Workbook Series) in which publications by SMUC staff and others are handled. SMUC’s institutional links with local and foreign institutions are consistently and encouragingly on the rise.
Our outreach activities have been extended to benefit our immediate community and the society at large. We have very close relationship with the surrounding community, NGOs, neighboring schools, and business and industry which in many ways is enriching the training we offer to our students. Our faculty, support staff and students are one large family committed to ensure that St. Mary’s cherishes continuous improvement. We feel that we are strategically poised to demonstrate excellence in the years ahead. It is always a pride to be part of such an institution.
Wondwosen Tamrat (Asst. Professor)