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Title:The private provision of higher education in Ethiopia: growth, challenges, and prospects
Author:Nwuke, Kasirim
Periodical:Journal of Higher Education in Africa (ISSN 0851-7762)
Notes:biblio. refs., ills.
Geographic terms:Ethiopia
Northeast Africa
Subjects:higher education
private education
Private universities and colleges
Abstract:Since the mid-1990s the private provision of higher education in Ethiopia has grown. This paper examines the general characteristics of the private provision sector and its contribution to expanding access and the creation of new knowledge through research. It also examines the likely impact of plural providers on quality and the policy options adopted by the government. The analysis shows that the private sector is making a significant contribution to the expansion of higher education in Ethiopia, especially with respect to expanding access to women and the production of intermediate-level technical skills that the expanding Ethiopian economy needs. Secondly, due to the relatively small size of private providers and the tight regulatory restrictions on the types of courses and programmes that they offer, private higher education is unlikely to threaten the average quality of higher education in Ethiopia in the short term. Concerns at this time about quality may be premature. However, due to capital and capacity constraints, the scope of the sector to contribute to the creation of new knowledge is limited. Finally, the paper argues that the future of private provision in Ethiopia depends critically on the growth of the public sector. In the short to medium term, it is the public higher education sector that will provide the bulk of the skills needed to staff the private provision sector. It will also depend on the growth of the Ethiopian economy, on the policies of the government, on the behaviour, performance and conduct of public higher education institutions and on the easing of regulatory restrictions. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]