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July 2018


Unleashing the Forces of the Ethiopian Intellectual Diaspora

Damtew Teferra is Professor of Higher Education at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa and Founding Director of the International Network for Higher Education in Africa. He is Founding Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of African Higher Education. Teferra steers the Higher Education Cluster of the Africa Union’s Continental Education Strategy for Africa (CESA). He may be reached at and



The Ethiopian political landscape is unraveling with breath-taking speed. To mention a few recent developments: Bitter rivals of the government have declared a cessation of hostilities, and some have moved back home. Thousands of political prisoners, and key political leaders, have been released. The infamous state of emergency has been lifted. Banned media houses based overseas have moved to the country. Critical internet-based news media and blogs were unblocked. The rapprochement with rival Eritrea has started. New economic policies have been unveiled. Prominent academics that were imprisoned and dismissed have been reinstated to their universities – in just three months! Read more.

The International Network of Higher Education in Africa is hosted at The University of Kwazulu-Natal and closely affiliated with the Boston College Center for International Higher Education. The Network is led by its founding director, Professor Damtew Teferra. Numerous initiatives of the Network are supported by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York.