The Institute of Land Administration in Bahir Dar University was established in 2006 by launching the first BSc program in Land Administration in Ethiopia. The establishment of the institute was initiated by the then Environmental Protection, Land Administration and Use Authority (EPLAUA) of the Amhara National Regional State. Institute’s establishment was supported by Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden and financed by the Swedish government through Sida. Since its establishment ILA has been providing the most valuable training in the country focusing on the different dimensions of land such as land tenure management, property law, property valuation, land use and development, GIS, cadastral surveying and mapping, urban design and planning, and so on.
To be a centre of excellence in land administration education, research and community service; and to serve as a model for establishing similar institutions in other regions of Ethiopia and in other countries in East Africa.
Educating competent land administration professionals equipped with the required knowledge, skills and attitude; Carrying out research of national and regional importance in the area of land administration; and Providing advisory, consultancy and outreach services.
Accept ideals of transparency and human and democratic rights of every individual; Believe that activities that do not solve the poor peoples’ problems are irrelevant; Believe in teaching integrated with adequate field practices, attachments and research; Accept students, without any discrimination, as prime decision makers; Believe in dynamism, and quality will be the Institute’s distinguishing mark and will not be compromised; and Promote mutual collaboration with local and foreign institutions.