The ICT Center of Excellence (CoE) was established as a vehicle for rapid development of ICT, and as a catalyst to help realize the promise of ICT as a key enabler and accelerator of socio‑economic development.

The Center of Excellence aims to utilize innovation based on high quality research and development, training, consulting, and technology transfer, to drive rapid advances of ICT, and its deployment for breakthrough results in national development. ICT CoE will do this by developing networks of partnerships with organizations, both public and private, and local as well as international. These partnerships will enable the CoE to develop into a hub or focal point that will mobilize a wide range of resources.

In the context of the current state of the ICT sector in Ethiopia, where human, technological, physical, and financial resources are limited, the realization of the ambitious goals to contribute to the development of ICT and its uses requires well thought-out strategic and tactical plans. These plans, among other aspects, will have to define effective roadmaps to incrementally grow the Center’s resources, and to build networks of partners to harness much bigger resources to target at these objectives.

ICT Center of Excellence (ICTCoE) is formed by the former Ethiopian Information and Communication Technology Development Agency (EICTDA), now the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT), and is hosted by the Addis Ababa University (AAU).

ICTCoE aims to be a catalyst and an enabler of dramatic progress of ICT in Ethiopia. It works to contribute to ICT and to the full realization of the promise of ICT to be a key tool for accelerated national economic and social development.



Contribute to the advancement of ICT’s state of the art and practice by:

  • Coordinating and conducting ICT research that adapts and uses innovative technologies for socio-economic development
  • Carrying out market oriented training and/or education of ICT professionals
  • Disseminating relevant state-of-the-art ICT tools, techniques, and practices
  • Providing consultancy services in relevant areas of ICT that are not fully addressed by other organizations


The vision of the Centre is to become a focal point for the advancement of ICT research, innovation, collaboration, dissemination of valuable knowledge, and training. ICT CoE will thereby serve as a vehicle for rapid ICT advances that support the socio-economic development of Ethiopia as it moves towards integrating itself into the global knowledge economy. ICT CoE, as a result of this becomes a reference center in ICT for the country as well as the region.


Our RESEARCH objective
Carry out research that advances knowledge, is recognized for its excellence and generates breakthrough, user-focused technologies.
Some of our Research Themes are:

    • Business Solutions
    • Academic Content
    • Technology Transfer
    • Best Practices
    • Human Computer Interface
    • Innovation & Technology Alignment
    • Power Management
    • Communication Systems
    • Embedded Systems
    • Networked Systems
    • E-Models
    • Telemedicine

Our EDUCATION objective

Work with universities to provide Ethiopia with ICT researchers who have deep technical expertise, supported by strong professional and entrepreneurial skills.

Our LINKAGE objective

Increase our impact and results by working with targeted national and international research, government, education, industry and domain partners.


Facilitate technology transfer and create channels to market for CoE research outputs. Some of our Business Areas are: Health Informatics, Learning Management Systems, Academic Management Systems, Intelligent Transport Systems, Safety and Security, Environmental Management, Mobile Systems and Service, Software Infrastructure, Localization, E-Commerce, and Teaching Material for tertiary Education. Our long-term contribution will be to deliver economic, social and environmental benefit for Ethiopia.

Our PEOPLE objective

Bring together first-class researchers and professional staff, enhance their skills and build a culture of entrepreneurship and achievement in use-inspired basic research, enhancing Ethiopia’s ICT capacity and capability.



Organizational values are extremely important to a research organization such as COE. They influence behavior in pursuing the organization’s Mission and provide the basis for high levels of achievement for the longer term.
How we behave and what we value is important in building our unique culture and external identity. With this in mind, COE has developed a core set of values that are guiding principles for what we do and who we are.

  • Inspiration

CoE is an exciting, empowering and creative environment that fosters imagination and unfettered learning.

  • Pursuit of Excellence

CoE people aim high and are recognized for achieving excellence.

  • Entrepreneurship

CoE people pursue new ideas, seize business opportunities and take risks.

  • Collaboration and Teamwork

CoE cultivates partnerships and engagement across COE and beyond.





6th National ICT Innovation Competition 2017

Applying for the competition: Closed on July 29, 2017

First Round Screening Result: August 8, 2017

Orientation to Applicants: August 11, 2017

Mid-term Evaluation: Started on September 11