African Private Higher Education: Progressive Policies and Ambivalent Stances


  • Wondwosen Tamrat
  • Damtew Teferra



Ethiopia, private higher education, African higher education, Africa, government policy, funding and financing


As the global and regional thirst for higher education continues to surge, it is time to think how private higher education institutions (PHEIs) can be groomed to play their roles within an evolving higher education landscape. It is imperative to put in place appropriate policies and legislations, for these institutions to play a key role in socioeconomic development. This article outlines various progressive PHE policies and
legislations across Africa and examines their importance in enhancing the growth of the sector.

Author Biographies

Wondwosen Tamrat

Wondwosen Tamrat is associate professor and founding president of St. Mary’s University, Ethiopia. 

Damtew Teferra

Damtew Teferra is professor of higher education, leader
of Higher Education and Training Development, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, and founding director of the International Network for Higher Education in Africa. 




How to Cite

Tamrat, W., & Teferra, D. (2018). African Private Higher Education: Progressive Policies and Ambivalent Stances. International Higher Education, 2(93), 19–21.



Private Higher Education