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October 2018

1443651948496The Advent of a New Ministry: The Long Journey to Its Birth

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



For more than a decade and half now, I have vigorously argued and passionately peddled unsolicited proposal urging the Ethiopian government to establish a Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology. When I started pursuing this proposal, the higher education sector in Ethiopia was just beginning its transformation path while other countries were configuring their institutions and ministries to respond to—and benefit from—the global imperatives in the knowledge domain. 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.