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Governance and Governmentality: The Expansion of Ethiopian Higher Education Systems


Confirmation of candidature presentation by Geberew Mekonnen

Start Date

24th Apr 2017 10:00am

End Date

24th Apr 2017 10:45am


Education Video Conference Rooms:

  • Launceston: NH.A221c.Video
  • Hobart: SB.Hytten325.Video
  • Cradle Coast: CC.A119.Video

In the past two decades, Ethiopia expanded its higher education institutions from one public University to more than thirty public Universities. With this tremendous expansion, the higher education system is becoming complex and there is a prevailing chorus of complaint among stakeholders (instructors, students, researchers etc.) about public University governance systems in Ethiopia (Mehari, 2010). The Ethiopian government has also acknowledged the stakeholders' dissatisfaction with governance (Ministry of Education, 2015) and has put governance as one of the agenda items for the coming five years of the Growth Transformational Plan·II (GTP·II) of 2016-2020 (The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, 2016). It has been reported that little has been published about higher education governance in Africa, despite the issue of governance being on the agenda of Post 2015-millennium goals {Bano & Taylor, 2014; Kigotho, 2015; Roberts & Ajai·Ajagbe, 2013; Vandemoortele, 2012). To fill this gap, this study is aimed at investigating the Ethiopian public universities' governance systems in the context of the Bologna Process ' by using a pragmatic mixed methods sequential design (quantitative followed by qualitative). The concept of governance and govern mentality will also be utilized as a conceptual framework to explain the public Universities governance systems in Ethiopia.