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Book Book Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue
Title:Academic freedom in Ethiopia: perspectives of teaching personnel
Editor:Assefa, TayeISNI
City:Addis Ababa
Publisher:Forum for Social Studies
Geographic term:Ethiopia
Subjects:academic freedom
working conditions
Abstract:In mid-2006 the Forum for Social Studies launched a research project whose main objective was to identify the regulatory framework, institutional arrangements and established practices pertaining to governance, academic freedom and conditions of service of teaching personnel in institutions of higher education in Ethiopia, and to assess these in terms of their compliance with the terms of the 1997 UNESCO Recommendation concerning the status of higher-education teaching personnel. Seven major public universities and four private colleges were selected for case studies. The public universities were Addis Ababa University (reports by Baye Yimam, Demissu Gemeda), Arbaminch University (Wanna Leka), Bahir Dar University (Ayalew Shebeshi), University of Gonder (Habtamu Wondimu), Haramaya University (Brook Lemma), University of Hawassa (Tesfaye Semela) and Jimma University (Tesfaye Tafesse). The private institutions were Unity University College (Derese Getachew), St Mary's University College (Eyayu Lulseged), the Evangelical Theological College (Eyayu Lulseged) and HiLCoE School of Computer Science and Technology (Derese Getachew). In addition to the findings of the case studies, this publication also includes three papers on cross-cutting issues presented at a national conference on academic freedom organized by the Forum for Social Studies in April 2007. The papers concern massification and teaching personnel's condition of service at the University of Gonder (Ashenafi Alemu), the implementation of the teacher education system overhaul programme and improving teacher quality and status through social dialogue (Menna Olango and Solomon Lemma), and the system of evaluating teaching personnel at Addis Ababa University (Wossenu Yimam). The Recommendation adopted by the conference participants is included in an annex. [ASC Leiden abstract]