Objective of the College
- To train competent and responsive professionals who can address the community's problems through innovative and practical means.
- To promote the philosophy of Community Based Education (CBE) with the aim of bringing about palpable change in the community through active community participation and intersectoral collaboration.
- To contribute to societal development through the training of responsive professionals, the conduct of high-quality relevant research and professional advocacy.
- To promote the principle of educational equity irrespective of ethnicity, religion, sex and political background.
- To promote women's participation in all spheres of development. Strengthen partner and linkages with local and international institutions for the purpose of rendering high quality training, applied research and services.
- To develop sound organizational and management systems for the accomplishment of its objectives.
- To promote HIV/AIDS as a core strategic issue in all aspects of the university's activity
Facts about the College
The College of Natural Sciences is one of the colleges in Jimma University having qualified academic staffs with 23 Assistant and Associate Professors (16 of whom are PhD holders), 96 lecturers, 38 graduate assistants and 17 technical assistants. About 33 academic staffs are on study leave of whom 20 are attending their terminal degree and the remaining 13 are studying for their MSc. Degree, either in country and abroad. The college has its own reputable Journal, entitled the ‘Ethiopian Journal of Science and Education’. It publishes two issues annually in a very sustainable manner. Currently, the journal is freely accessible online via AJOL (African Journal Online), and the latest information can also be downloaded for free from the journal’s
web page (http://www.ju.edu.et/ejes/).
The college owned the oDel (online distance e-learning) center, the first of its kind in the country which planned to support Online Distance Learning. It has been supporting the training activities on e-learning and teaching for postgraduate programs besides serving the university at large for ICT related training.
Each department of the college has laboratories equipped with the basic laboratory facilities and are organized on stream basis within the department. In addition the college has ten networked computer laboratories of which the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, and Statistics each have one, while the Department of Information Science has three computer Laboratories of its own. Moreover, the college has one networked computer laboratory dedicated to the graduate program and one multipurpose networked computer laboratory for undergraduate students. The remaining one is reserved for the African Virtual University (AVU) e-learning program. The college also hosts 16 fully functional science laboratories in the departments of Biology, Chemistry and Physics including one geometry laboratory in the department of mathematics. Two of the laboratories are dedicated for postgraduate and staff research activities. The details of the facilities within the laboratories could be accessed from the university’s web page with reference to the college’s departments. Among the science laboratory facilities available in the Department of Chemistry are Polarimeter, UV-Vis spectrometer, Electrochemical analyzers, Spectrofluorometer, GC, GC-MS, Flame Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer, Thermogravimeric analyzer, Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer, etc. All classrooms are “smart”. Revenue generating, multipurpose hall with video conferencing facility is also one of the most important resources in the college supporting learning and teaching activities. A branch library known by the name, ‘Education Library’, renders 24 hours services for the college academic community with its learning and teaching references books and e-resources.