Africa: Resource Challenges to Doctoral Education

  • Wondwosen Tamrat St. Mary’s University
  • Getnet Tizazu Fetene Addis Ababa University
Keywords: Africa, Ethiopia, doctoral education, PhD programs, quality of research output, research resources, research funding


This article examines the provision of doctoral education in Ethiopia and its implications for African higher education. Despite the role given to doctoral education toward achieving economic development and improving the quality of higher education, the resources for running PhD programs are lacking in many African countries. More efforts should be directed to building institutional capacity and availing the resources needed to run successful doctoral programs.

Author Biographies

Wondwosen Tamrat, St. Mary’s University

Wondwosen Tamrat is associate professor, founder–president of St. Mary’s University, Ethiopia, and PROPHE affiliate. He coordinates the private higher education subcluster of the Africa Union’s Continental Education Strategy of Africa (CESA). Email: or

Getnet Tizazu Fetene, Addis Ababa University

Getnet Tizazu Fetene is assistant professor of sociology of education in the Department of Educational Planning & Management at Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. Email:

How to Cite
Tamrat, W., & Fetene, G. T. (2021). Africa: Resource Challenges to Doctoral Education. International Higher Education, (105), 25-26. Retrieved from

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