Jimma University (JU), is Ethiopia's first Innovative Community Oriented Education Institution of higher learning. It offers various programs and courses of study, which lead toward BSc, MSc and PhD degrees in different fields (Public Health and Medical Sciences, Agriculture, Engineering, and Natural and Social Sciences). The institution was established in December 1999 following the amalgamation of the Jimma College of Agriculture (founded in 1952) and the Jimma Institute of Health Sciences (founded in 1983). JU is the largest and nationally first-ranked university in Ethiopia with over 40,000 students, 3,000 faculty, and 60 departments. The university was established with vision to be the leading public premier in the country, renown in Africa and recognized in the world. JU is a pioneer in sanitation training in collaboration with national and international partners, which includes the Federal Ministry of Health.