Today, in 2018 academic year, just after eleven years of existence, DDU has one Institute of Technology and Five College(College of Natural & Computational Science, College of Business & Economics, College of Social Sciences & Humanities, College of Law and College of Medicine and Health Science)containing 33 different academic programs. The enrolment has grown to 12,500regular students in 39 different academic programs. It has also 7971 students in the evening, weekend and summer in different programs.
Dire Dawa Institute of Technology is one of the ten institutes started in Ethiopia to support the realization of the transition towards the industry-led economy. The University is contributing to the national policy of 70:30 (Engineering &Natural Science to Social Sciences) program mix through prioritization of science and technology. Currently, the university has 1177 Academic Staff on duty, of which 834 are on duty, the rest 343 are on full study leave for their second and third degrees. Of the staff on duty, 28 % are first-degree holders, and 72% are second-degree and above holders.