17th SMU International Conference on Private Higher Education in Africa

25-27 July 2019, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, at Ethiopian Airlines Aviation Academy

Theme| African Higher Education in the Realm of Sustainable Development

Time Events/Activities Facilitator/ Moderator


08:15–08:45 Arrival and Registration Saint Mary’s University
The Ethiopian National Anthem


09:00–09:15 Welcoming Speech and Goodwill Messages Master of ceremony Elise Nalbandian
Assoc. Prof. Wondwosen Tamrat, Founder and President of St. Mary’s University (SMU), ETHIOPIA
Prof. Damtew Teferra, Founder, Higher Education Forum for Africa, Asia and Latin America (HEFAALA) and Founding Director, International Network for Higher Education in Africa (INHEA), University of Kwazulu-Natal, SOUTH AFRICA
Prof. Etienne Ehile, Secretary General, Association of African Universities, GHANA
Dr. Yumiko Yokozeki, Director, International Institute for Capacity Building in Africa (IICBA/ UNESCO), Addis Ababa, ETHIOPIA
Ethiopian Air Lines Presentation
09:15–09:25 Opening Remarks by the Guest of Honor, H. E. Prof. Hirut W/Mariam, Minister, Ministry of Science and Higher Education (MoSHE), ETHIOPIA
Keynote Addresses
Moderator: Prof. Jonathan Mba Association of African Universities, GHANA
Rapporteur: Mekdes Adane
Prof. Olusola Oyewole, Former President of the Association of African Universities and Former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), NIGERIA :African Higher Education Institutions and Sustainable Development
Prof. N. V. Varghese, Vice Chancellor, National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration, INDIA: Private Higher Education, Global Perspectives and Indian Experience
Dr. Teshome Yizengaw, Vice-President, International Office, Indiana University, USA : Effective Governance, Leadership and Administration: A Panacea for the success of Universities in Africa
10:10-10:40 Discussion
10:40-11:00 Group Photo, Tea/Coffee Break


Moderator: Prof. Hans de Wit, Center for International Higher Education, Boston College, USA
Rapporteur: Mosisa Kejela
H.E. Prof. Afework Kassu, State Minister, Ministry of Science and Higher Education, ETHIOPIA
Prof. DamtewTeferra, International Network for Higher Education in Africa (INHEA), University of Kwazulu-Natal, SOUTH AFRICA
Prof. Etienne Ehile, Secretary General, Association of African Universities, GHANA
Prof. Paul Zeleza,Vice Chancellor, United States International University, KENYA
Prof. Tolly Mbwette, Former Vice Chancellor, The Open University of Tanzania, TANZANIAA
Prof. Kabiru Kinyanjui, Chancellor, Chuku University, KENYA
Prof. Juma Shabani, Founding Director, Doctoral Academy, University of Burundi and former Director at UNESCO Zimbabwe Office, BURUNDI
12:30–13:30 Lunch Break
Thematic Focus 1:Private Higher Education and Privatization Thematic Focus 2A: Policies, Strategies and Practices in Higher Education
Moderator: Prof. N. V. Varghese
Rapporteur: Dr. Tekeste Woldemichael
Moderator: Dr. Teshome Yizengaw
Rapporteur: Dr. WondimagegnChekol
13:30–13:50 Paper 1.1 Emergence of Private Higher Education in Nigeria :Elisha Kutara, Ibrahim Badamasi,Babangida University, NIGERIA Paper 2A.1 Influence of Education Sector Policy on the Process of National Cohesion in Kenyan Universities:Timothy Gachanga, Tangaza University College, KENYA
13:50–14:10 Paper 1.2 Ghanaian Private Higher Education Providers: Are They Becoming Endangered Species?:Patrick Swanzy et al, University of the Western Cape, SOUTH AFRICA Western Cape, SOUTH AFRICA and Francis Ansah, University of Cape Coast, GHANA Paper 2A.2 : Potential Modalities of Emerging University-Society Engagements:Dr. Teklu Abate Bekele, American University in Cairo, EGYPT
14:10-14:30 Paper 1.3D iaspora Engagement for Internationalization of African Higher Education: Opportunities for Private Institutions:Ayenachew A. Woldegiyorgis, Boston College, USA Paper 2A.3 Education as Adaptive Strategy in the Face of Land Scarcity among the Rural Communities of Lake Haramaya-Tiniqe Watershed, Eastern Ethiopia: Aspiration and Reality,Tilahun Tefera, St. Mary’s University, ETHIOPIA
14:30–14:50 Paper 1.4 The Impact of Workforce Diversity and its Workgroup Performance at Private Higher Education Institutions: St. Mary’s, Admas, Unity and Rift Valley Universities:BiruDestaKassaye,CPU Business and Information Technology College, ETHIOPIA Paper 2A.4 University-Government Relationship in Ethiopian Public Universities in the Framework of Information Asymmetry and Goal Conflicts: Policy Perspectives:MulatuDea, WolaitaSodo University,ETHIOPIA
14:50–15:20 Discussion Discussion
Thematic Focus 2B: Policies, Strategies and Practices in Higher Education
Moderator: Assoc. Prof. Ronald Bisaso, Dean, Makerere University, UGANDA
Rapporteur: Hailemelekot Taye
13:30–13:50 Paper 2B.1 Governance of Somali Tertiary Education Systems, Lessons in Complexity, Puntland State University:Abdiqani Ahmed, SOMALILAND
3:50–14:10 Paper 2B.2 Intellectual Property Management in Higher Education Institutions: Dr. PierretteEssamaMekongo, University of Yaounde II, CAMEROON
14:10–14:30 Paper 2B.3 Academic Corruption in Ethiopian Higher Education Institutions: Policy Implication and Discourse:Mekdes Adane, SMU, ETHIOPIA
14:30–14:50 Paper 2B.4 Rating Lecturer Related Classroom: Academically Dishonest Practices in Ghana’s Institutions of Higher Learning:Fred Awaah, University of Professional Studies, GHANA
14:50–15:20 Discussion
15:20–15:40 Tea/Coffee Break
Thematic Focus 2C Policies, Strategies and Practices in Higher Education Thematic Focus 3 Demographic Dynamics and Graduate Employability
Moderator: Prof.Tolly Mbwette
Rapporteur: Tekalegn Zewdie
Moderator: Prof. Olusola Oyewole
Rapporteur: Getachew Asrat
15:40–16:00 Paper 2C.1 The Practices of Integrating Research-Based Knowledge and Teaching-Learning Process in Higher Education Institutions: The Case of Hawassa University:GirmaMoti,Hawassa University, ETHIOPIA Paper 3.1 Student Perspectives in their PhD Journey: The Case of AAU: Asso. Prof. Wondwosen Tamrat and Dr. GetnetTizazu, SMU and Addis Ababa University, ETHIOPIA
16:00–16:20 Paper 2C.2 Rethinking Knowledge Production in Africa: Afrocentric Epistemology as an Emancipatory Discourse:BirukShewadeg, ASTU,ETHIOPIA Paper 3.2 Demographic Dynamics and Graduate Employability:Dr. WannaLeka, Institute of Educational Research, Addis Ababa University,ETHIOPIA
16:20–16:40 Paper 2C.3 Pedagogical Science Practices in Public Higher Education Institutions of Ethiopia: Progresses Made but Challenges Remain: Robsan M. Egne, Arsi University, ETHIOPIA Paper 3.3 Factors Affecting Curricular Responsiveness of Technical and Vocational Education and Training to Youth Employability: Endalew Fufa and Kassim Kimo, Arsi University, ETHIOPIA
16:40–17:00 Paper 2C.4 Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for Pedagogical Practices in Ethiopian Higher Education System: Amanuel Ayde, Amare Desta, and Hemini Mehta, Jimma University, ETHIOPIA
17:00–17:30 Discussion Discussion
08:00–08:30 Arrival and Registration
Thematic Focus 4A: Policies, Strategies and Practices in Higher Education
Thematic Focus 4B: Diversity and Its Management in Higher Education
Moderator: Prof. Juma Shabani
Rapporteur: Dr. Getahun Simon
Moderator: Prof. Kabiru Kinyanjui
Rapporteur: Dr. Maru Shete
08:30–08:50 Paper 4A.1 Entrepreneurial Self-Efficacy, Motivation and Aspired Commitment among Higher Education Students: The Case of Selected Private and Public University Students: Manaye Adela, SMU, ETHIOPIA Paper 4B.1 Diversity Management in Ethiopian Higher Education Institutions: Dr. Abebaw Yirga, Addis Ababa University, ETHIOPIA
08:50–09:10 Paper 4A.2 The Role of Student Activism in Achieving Sustainable Development Goals: Ntuli, Mthoko Emmanuel, University of Kwazulu-Natal / Mangosuthu University Technology, University, SOUTH AFRICA Paper 4B.2 Diversity Awareness and its Management in Multi-Ethnic and Multi-Cultural Classroom at Bonga College of Teachers’ Education: Getachew Roba, Addis Ababa University, ETHIOPIA
09:10–09:30 Paper 4B.3 Financing University Education in Kenya: Challenges and opportunities: Ndenyele Wilson Omalenge, Technical University of Mombasa, KENYA
09:30–10:00 Discussion Discussion
10:00–10:30 Tea/Coffee Break
10:30–10:40 Vote of Thanks: Association of African Universities
10:40–10:50 Closing Remarks, Tedla Haile, Executive Vice President, SMU
10:50–11:50 Visit to EthiopianEthiopian Airlines Academy facility
12:00–13:00 Lunch Break
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