One of the areas which the government
has identified as critical for the realization of the nation’s aspiration is the establishment of several new universities with a focus on the field of natural sciences and engineering, and establishment of science and technology institutions. The national need for teaching and research staff in these new universities and institutions
can partly be met by the expansion of the graduate programs at AAU. Moreover, the demand for research biotechnologist in leadership position in agriculture, industry, health and environment has increased with the adoption of a market-oriented economy in Ethiopia.