Historical Background

 Introduction

Jimma University (JU) is a public higher educational institution established in December 1999 by the amalgamation of Jimma College of Agriculture (founded in 1952), and Jimma Institute of Health Sciences (established in 1983).Starting from this time physical education and sport has been given as a common course for all students. The new Department of Physical education and Sports has been launched under the former Faculty of Education in 2000 E.C. Recently, the department launched Post Graduate and Under Graduate Program in Sport Science.

Jimma University is one of the top most Public University in Ethiopia who has participated in the Ethiopian Public Universities Sports Festival since the beginning. This University is assigned to host the 9th Ethiopian Public Universities Festival taking the flag from Adama University a couple of years ago. For this, the University has begun preparations with the formation of several core committees.Now a day, days are left for hosting and taking part in a competition.

Vision

The Department of Sport Science endeavors to be a premier professional program that attracts students interested in the field of recreation, sport, health and wellness, performance in different competitions, training & coaching athletes and players for their best achievements, sound –scientific service to the community within and outside the country , quality management in physical education and sport as well as education.

Mission

The Department of Sport Science prepares quality leaders for a variety of careers and provides theoretical and practical application based on courses, plus practicums, student teaching –learning and internship experiences, in order to prepare sport science majors for:

  • Academic excellence through rigorous design and implementation
  • Exposure to pilot, mini and major research projects in sport science.
  • Future leaders who are well-trained, equipped and qualified for their profession

General objective

The general objective of the program is to produce graduates with the optimum knowledge and skill development in Sport Science by equipping with different techniques & skills of sport activities, knowledge of scientific analysis of human body movement in respect of physical activities & professionals at different level of qualification who can take part in the community in different sport aspects like in coaching, organizing, research, fitness instructors, etc in a three years for under graduate and two years for post graduate training program.

Specific Objectives

The program has the following specific objectives:

  • Provide knowledge, attitudes, skills for students in the area of sports, exercise science, coaching and so on
  • Producing innovative Community Based Education(CBE) in sport science 
  • Prepare and facilitate short term training or refresher programs such as seminars, workshops, symposia etc
  • Ensure quality of education in the area of Sports science.
  • Train academically competent professional who can actively participate in the educational, health, social and cultural sectors of the society.
  • Develop student’ skills in using appropriate methods for coaching.
  • Coach fundamental skills of different sports for youth
  • Provide trained personnel who can lead and organize intramural & extramural activities in different organizations.
  • Provide advisory services in the area of sport for government and non- governmental organization, clubs, fitness centers etc
  • Create an environment that supports and encourages national and international interaction that can contribute for the development of Sports
  • Provide students with opportunities for field experiences in order to obtain practical experience needed for advancing their education and careers.
  • Conduct research related to sport science.
  • Organize in service training, short term training and refreshment courses;
  • Organize sport programs for the benefit of student’s health & their recreational purposes.
  • Create feature job opportunities for students.
  • Prepare and facilitate short term training or refresher programs such as seminars, workshops, symposia etc.
  • Ensure quality of education in the area of Sports science.
  • Train academically competent professional who can actively participate in the educational, health, social and cultural sectors of the society.
  • Develop student’ skills in using appropriate methods for subject contents
  • Provide trained personnel who can lead and manage intramural - extramural activities, associations, federations, NGO’S in different games and sport activities..
  • Provide advisory services in the area of sport for government and non- governmental organization, clubs, fitness centers, community centers etc.
  • Create an environment that supports and encourage national and international interaction that can contribute for the development of Sports in the Universities, regions and in Country.
  • Provide students with opportunities for field experiences in order to obtain practical experience needed for advancing their education and careers.
  • Conduct research related to sport science.
  • Organize in service training, short term training and refreshment courses;
  • Organize sport programs for the benefit of student’s health & their recreational purposes.
  • Create feature job opportunities for students within and outside the Nation.