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Wondwosen Tamrat

Affiliation: Associate Professor, School of Graduate Studies, St. Mary’s University (Ethiopia)
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Address: Addis Ababa, Mexico Square, POB 1211

Wondwosen Tamrat is associate professor and President of St. Mary’s University (SMU) in Ethiopia. He coordinates the Sub-Cluster for Private Higher Education in Africa under the Higher Education Cluster of the implementation initiative known as Continental Education Strategy for Africa (CESA) 2016-25. Tamrat has 3 Masters degrees: one in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from Addis Ababa University (1990-Outstanding), another MA in English Language Teaching from the University of Warwick in England (1992-Distinction), and a third in Tertiary Education Management from the University of Melbourne (2016). Tamrat also holds a Graduate Certificate in Quality Assurance in Higher Education from the University of Melbourne in Australia (2012). He has taught at Kotebe Metropolitan University, Addis Ababa University and St Mary’s University in Ethiopia for more than two decades. He served as a board member of the Ethiopian Higher Education Relevance and Quality Assurance Agency (HERQA) for two consecutive terms and is now Vice President of the Association of Private Higher Education Institutions in Ethiopia. Tamrat is also a member of the International Advisory Board of the International Journal of African Higher Education (IJHEA) and has published and presented papers on Ethiopian higher education at both national and international venues. He has authored two books on private higher education and quality assurance. 


Publications available on this website


Publications since 2010

Disparities and Parallels in Internationalization: The Ethiopian Experience. 2017. International Higher Education No 92.

The Emerging Contours of African Private Higher Education. (2017). Inside Higher Education, Nov 26.

Linking Female Students’ Access to Success. (2017). University World News, November 17.

The Shifting Sands of University Management in Ethiopia. (2017). Inside Higher Education. October 22.

An Assessment of the Risk Profile of Private Higher Education Institutions in Ethiopia. (2016). Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Private Higher education in Ethiopia. Accra: Direct Concept.

The Making of Research Universities in Ethiopia: Issues for Consideration. (2015). Addis Ababa: The Ethiopian Academy of Sciences.

Education Sector Development Program (ESDP) Promises and Achievements in the Private Higher Education Sector in Ethiopia: The Four ESDPs in Focus. (2015). International Conference on the Role of Higher Education and Development, Organized by Education Strategy Center and Maastricht School of Management 23rd and 24th July, Hilton Hotel Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Contributions and Challenges of private higher education institutions in Ethiopia: The views of instructors and administrators (2014). Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Private Higher Education in Africa. Addis Ababa: SMUC Press.

The Evolving Quality Assurance Framework in Ethiopian Higher Education (2012). Addis Ababa: St. Mary’s University Press.

Stakeholders’ Opinion about the Provision of Private Higher Education in Ethiopia (2011). The Teacher, Vol 4, No 8.

The Status of Private Provision of Higher Education in Ethiopia (2011). Proceedings of the 9th national Conference on private higher education institutions in Ethiopia. Addis Ababa: SMUC Press.

League tables and ranking systems for Ethiopia? (2010). The Teacher. Vol4, No7.