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Blog 16

Higher education and inequality in Ethiopia: The effects of COVID-19

By: Simone Reinders
November 27, 2020

This post was written by Simone Reinders in the context of a Leiden Edinburgh Research Group (LERG) that focuses on inequalities in higher education in Africa. It is one of three blog posts focusing on Ethiopia to be published on this blog. The research group consists of Prof. Marleen Dekker (African Studies Centre Leiden), Dr Jean-Benoit Falisse (Centre of African Studies, University of Edinburgh) and Simone Reinders (Centre of African Studies, University of Edinburgh), and is funded by a grant provided by the University of Edinburgh.

Ethiopia's higher education system has seen its number of universities grow from 2 to 51 in just 22 years. What are the outcomes of the current COVID pandemic, and how does it affect inclusivity? We reflected on these questions in an interview with two experts on Ethiopian higher education: Dr Enbiale Wendemagegn, member of the advisory council for the Ethiopian Ministry of Science and Higher Education and co-chair of the Quality Education and Training Committee), and Saskia Kloezeman, former quality assurance adviser at Arba Minch University and engaged in gender equality assessments in higher education in Ethiopia.

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* This conference took place from December 2020 to February 2021 *
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