H.E. Hirut Woldemariam (Prof.)

H.E Hirut Woldemariam (Prof.) is the Minister of Science and Higher Education. She was born on June 05, 1969 in Debremarkos, Gojjam, Ethiopia.

H.E Professor Hirut received both her B.A and M.A degrees in Linguistics from Addis Ababa University and her Ph.D. in Linguistics from the Institute of African Studies, University of Cologne in Germany.

Her Excellency is a full professor in the Department of Linguistics and Philology, College of Humanities, Journalism and Communication of the Addis Ababa University. She has published a book and more than 30 research articles in different international journals. Before joining the ministerial position, she was serving Addis Ababa University, the oldest and biggest Higher Education Institution in the country, in different leadership positions ranging from Department Head to Vice President.

H.E Professor Hirut has served her country as a Minister of Culture and Tourism from 2008 to 2016 and Minister of Labor and Social Affairs from April to October 2018. Since October 2018, she is serving as the founding minister of the newly organized Ministry of Science and Higher Education.

Prof. Hirut is married to Dr. Tegene Hawando, a surgeon, and has three children.



The Ministry of Higher Education is responsible for the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of educational legislation, policies and programs in Ethiopia. We provide the structures, human resources, budget and administrative and management support to ensure that the quality of service delivery is maintained at a high level.