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August 2018


A Degree Requirement: Compulsory for Aspirant Parliamentarians?

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



At the 16th International Conference on Private Higher Education in Africa organized by Saint Mary’s University and held in Addis Ababa from 25 to 27 July 2018, I proposed that Ethiopian legislators must be holders of a bachelor’s degree. In this article, I argue that as the country enters a new political era, dialogue on a well-informed and better educated class of parliamentarians is timely. 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.