Debre Berhan University, which is a 13 year old university, is established in the 600 years old historical town- Debre Berhan – a town situated in Amhara Region, North Shoa zone, 130 km away from Addis Ababa in the north. The most powerful explanation of the establishment of the University is the government`s commitment towards the expansion of quality higher education as well as ensuring a reasonable distribution of higher education in the country.
Based on these organizing explanations the foundation stone was laid down on 9th May, 2005 G.C by her Excellency w/ro Genet Zewdie, the then Ministry of Minister of Education of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.
Thereafter, the construction of the university was started on a total land area of 102 hectares which was given by the City Administration of Debre Berhan Town.
The initial intake capacity of the university (in Jan. 2007 G.C.) was 725 students who joined in to 5 departments with 68 instructors and 7 administrative staffs. But now, the enrollment has significantly increased to around 29,304 regular, extension ,distance and continuity and summer students who joined in to 53 departments/ programs under ten colleges 43 regular post graduate and 2 PhD programs.
Miraculously to its being young, the management fervently and zealously envisions to become one of the best universities in Ethiopia by 2020 G.C.
Hence, it is adamantly and unrelentingly working and undertaking massive organizational activities in terms of human resource development and construction with an over view to further enhancing its institutional capacity on areas of producing competent graduates, conducting a problem solving research & offering community services.
Currently, the university is staffed with more than 1286(first degree to third degree) academic staffs (524 are on study leave), and 1181 administrative staffs including technical workers. By 2012 E.C/2020 G.C, the intake capacity of the university will have grown to 17,000 regular academic trainees, and staff upgrading and employment will be achieved as planned.