In Ethiopia, EiTEX is a premier higher education institute under Bahir Dar University for more than 50 years. It is a pioneer institute in offering programs in Textile, Leather, Apparel and Fashion technology. The institute started its training programs in 1963 at the advanced diploma level as department under Bahir Dar Polytechnic institute in collaboration with Russian Government.
The Diploma level program was then upgraded to B.Sc. program in Textile Engineering since 1997 to satisfy the demands of Textile and other related organizations. The syllabus for the program incorporates courses relevant to the modern textile industry. Another B.Sc. program Textile Education (Regular & Summer) and Garment Education (Summer) was started in the year 2003 to fulfil the teacher-requirements of the Technical Schools spread all over Ethiopia. The diploma and degree graduated of the institute occupy almost all the top management positions in the textile factories and related industry and other institutions in Ethiopia.
The institute is already introduced a postgraduate program (M.Sc. in Textile Technology) and undergraduate program (B.Sc. in Garment Engineering) from January 2010 and B.Sc. in Fashion Design from September 2010.
Considering the importance of the role of textile, garment and fashion design sector to the economic well-being and industrialization of Ethiopia, the Government of Ethiopia through the University has upgraded the Department of Textile Engineering to the level of the Institute with the name “Institute of Textile and Clothing Technology” from July, 2009. After a year (June 2010) with the help of ECBP (Engineering Capacity Building Program) operating in Ethiopia with collaboration of Government of Germany, the institute is renamed as “Institute of Technology for Textile, Garment and Fashion Design (EiTEX)” and functioning separately under Bahir Dar University, and currently as of March 2014 renamed as “ Ethiopian Institute of Textile and Fashion Technology (EiTEX)”.
The institute continues to strive to strengthen research, community service and technology transfer activities in order to contribute to economic development of the country as per Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP). The EiTEX is one of the limbs of the Bahir Dar University whose objectives perfectly fit the strategy of agriculture-led and export-oriented industrialization and the effort to combat the problem of textile & garment manufacturing and trade of the country.
The institute also aims to support and develop Ethiopian textile and garment industries, with the aim towards sustainable progress and keen competitiveness in the World market. Furthermore, the institute regularly organizes international conferences in the cotton, textile, apparel and leather sectors.
Generally, the vision of EiTEX has been to support and enhance the capability and the competitiveness to Ethiopian textile and garment industries including the small and medium enterprises.