17th SMU International Conference on Private Higher Education in Africa


Theme: African Higher Education in the Realm of Sustainable Development

25-27 July 2019, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Call for Papers

St. Mary’s University (SMU) is organizing the 17th International Conference on Private Higher Education in Africa in partnership with the African Union Commission; Association of African Universities; IICBA/UNESCO; IGAD; the Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Education; International Network of Higher Education in Africa and the Ethiopian Airlines/Aviation Academy.
The Conference this year is specially organized with the International Network for Higher Education
in Africa which is hosting its Second Symposium of the Higher Education Forum for Africa, Asia and Latin America.The Conference aims at creating a platform for a wide-range of actors, educators, policy/decision-makers, higher education leaders, and partners engaged in the promotion of higher education to deliberate on issues pertinent to the enhancement of quality education in African institutions of higher learning. Accordingly, the Conference is expected to generate policy-relevant recommendations from various research papers under different themes and sub-themes. It also provides opportunity for networking among researchers, educators and leaders in higher education institutions.

Therefore, interested researchers, educators, policy/decision-makers and educational service providers with research which fall within the themes of the Conference are cordially invited to register and send their papers using the Conference website (conference.smuc.edu.et) within the specified deadlines.

Sub-themes of the Conference

  1. Private higher education and privatization
  2. Policies, strategies and practices in higher education : public-private partnerships (PPP), internationalization,
    outreach, university-industry linkages (UIL),
  3. Demographic dynamics and graduate employability,
  4. Diversity and its management in higher education

Submission Information

  1. Abstracts not exceed 400 words.
  2. The length of full paper may not exceed 30 pages including references (A4, 1.5 space, 12 pt. Times New Roman)
  3. Abstract should include title of the paper, selected sub-theme, authors’ affiliation and full address including
    email and telephone number
  4. The paper should be submitted both in Word and PDF formats.




Important deadlines

Submission of abstracts: 30 April 2019

Notification of acceptance: 15 May 2019

Submission of full paper and power point: 10 June 2019

Publication of Abstract and program handbook: 25 June 2019

Conference dates: 25 - 27 July 2019

For further information please Contact:

W/ro Hana Geremew  or Ato Fisseha Worede  

Research and Knowledge Management Office

St. Mary’s University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 

Tel: +251 911530955/ +251 911645382 

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