Damtew Teferra

Damtew Teferra is professor of higher education and leader of the Higher Education Training and Development (HETD) at the University of Kwazulu-Natal, in Durban, South Africa. He also directs the International Network for Higher Education in Africa (INHEA), a joint venture of the Center for International Higher Education at Boston College and the HETD at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.



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Most Recent Articles

June 25, 2017
The reasons why the world, especially Africa, would be well served to ignore the rankings are numerous. 
September 25, 2016
The South African higher education sector has been in paralysis for a while and now engulfed in student protests.
June 19, 2016
Historically, Northern institutions are manifestly dominant in North-South partnerships— with limited input from Southern partners.
June 7, 2015
The manner in which scholarships are rolled out has evolved as higher education delivery and opportunity have diversified on the African continent.
May 19, 2014
The 2015-Millenium Development Goals (MDBs) need to explicitly speak to the expansion and revitalization of higher education in the advancement of socio-economic development.    
November 11, 2013
Now that African higher education is undergoing “massification,” the quest for PhDs for the proliferating new institutions has become paramount.
August 25, 2013
The issue of financing higher education is increasingly a matter of interest to diverse stakeholders: governments, universities, ministries, academics, staff, students, and families/guardians.
April 28, 2013
The unprecedented expansion of higher education in Africa is often described as “massive.” Still, the enrollment rate hovers around 5-6 percent.
January 13, 2013
With due consideration and appreciation to all players in the knowledge and discourse domain, universities remain the sole credible bastions of critical inquiry, though they remain largely overlooked and their potential poorly tapped. To be more direct, knowledge, innovation and discourse generated and developed by African universities, albeit meager, remain largely underutilized, and worse, often ignored.
October 22, 2012
Quantity without quality, particularly in the context of higher education, is simply meaningless and wasteful—perhaps dangerous. The ongoing phenomenon of mergers and consolidations taking place in South Africa, as controversial as it may be, has some lessons for Africa in an expansion mode.   


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