About EiTEX

The Bahir Dar Polytechnic Institute, which has transformed itself into Technology and Textile institutes, was established in 1963 under the technical cooperation between the Government of USSR and the Imperial Government of Ethiopia. The institute was a premier institute in producing technicians for the nation. The institute started its first training program in Textile Technology in collaboration with the Russian Government at advanced diploma level under Bahir Dar Polytechnic Institute, which eventually grew to become Bahir Dar University in 2000. For about 33 years the training program was in the level of Advance Diploma in the field of Textile Technology. Shortly afterwards, the Advanced Diploma program was upgraded to B.Sc. program in Textile Engineering in 1997.

Historical Connection

Considering the importance of the textile, garment, and fashion sector to the economic well-being and industrialization of Ethiopia, the Government of Ethiopia has upgraded the Department of Textile Engineering to Institute level with the name "Institute of Textile and Clothing Technology" from July, 2009. Later in 2010, the Engineering Capacity Building Program (ECBP) started operating in Ethiopia with the collaboration of the German government and the institute was renamed as "Institute of Technology for Textile, Garment, and Fashion Design (IoTEX)" and functioning separately under Bahir Dar University. Shortly afterwards, as of March 2014, it was renamed as "Ethiopian Institute of Textile and Fashion Technology (EiTEX).

Currently, under EiTEX, there are 9 BSc (6 regular, 1 extension and 2 summers) programs, six MSc (regular), and 4 PhD programs. Our regular BSc programs are Textile Engineering, Textile Chemical Process Engineering, Garment Engineering, Leather Engineering, Textile and Textile and Apparel Merchandising, and Fashion Design. Whereas, MSc programs in the institute are Textile Manufacturing, Textile Chemistry, Fiber Science & Technology, Fashion Technology, Fashion Design, and Leather Product Design & Engineering. In addition, the institute offers 4 PhD programs. Whereas two of the PhD programs are research based Sandwich PhD programs in Textile Technology and Garment Technology. On the other hand, course based PhD programs in Textile Science and Technology and PhD in Leather Engineering were delivered. A total of 1003 (916 BSc, 70 MSc. and 17 PhD) students are currently enrolled in all programs. 

Alongside teaching and learning, EiTEX has been nurturing the research culture among its academia since its establishment. The research capacity and culture is growing overtime where the staffs in EiTEX have initiated several research projects over the last two decades and were supported by university research fund. Various initiatives have also been undertaken at different times to promote the research activities of EiTEX. Lately, funds to the research activities have been improved thereby finding external funds such as COE project supported by KFW and other funds. In order to excel in problem solving research, the institute established five Research and Innovation Centres (RIC) namely Textile Production, Textile Chemistry, Apparel Production, and Leather Processing and Product, Basic Engineering and Science. The aforementioned research and innovation centres are established to handle the research activities of the institute. In addition, five multidisciplinary research units have been established. Each RIC comprised of a team of people that promote collaboration and using best practices around a specific focus area to drive best teaching and learning process supported by strong research background. Moreover, the institute also organizes an international conference annually on a theme “cotton, textile, and apparel value chain in Africa” that is used as a platform for knowledge and technology transfer and networking with nationals and international partners of the institute.The institute administers two journals, Ethiopian Journal of Textile and Apparel (EJTA) and Ethiopian e-Journal for Research and Foresight (Ee-JRIF) to disseminate outputs to the scientific community. 

In general the institute has spent resources to build huge human and physical infrastructure that will have significant contribution to quality Education, problem solving research and outreach activities for development of textile and leather sub-sector and the national economy.

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.