NOKUT Reports on the State of Higher Education in Eritrea

  • John

    I bet the "opposition" will start insulting this norwegian agency (NOKUT) for telling the truth.

  • Samrawit F.

    Our good for nothing opportunists know how to crack a lie and peddele it to gain short lived negative campaign. Well, the truth is there for all to see it. The NOKUT went all the way to assess the Educational system and quality and guess what they found? They have found that the decenteralisation of higher Education in the country by taking all the seven departments of the then only University into an independent seven institutions in different parts of the country is indeed a brilliant and bold policy than need to be embrassed than condomned.

    If you come to the number of enrolled students as well as the location and size of the colleges is indeed far sighted and rewarding. Imagine teaching Marine Biology in the former university in the capital than taking the department out to Massawa by upgrading it in to an independnet college of Marine Sciences right next to the red sea. Who in the right mind is against such policy? Of course, our hasus mesus opportunists in the diaspora, YES.

  • mee

    we all remember the so called opposition crying about the university….
    everyone now knows they were illiterate bunch of people that didnt know what they were talking about in the first place!

    • Makda

      They have been beaten by bold facts on the ground that hard to ignore and lie about.

      These bunch are hopeless and they will do anything to see things goes upside down. Come on hasus mesus …. get a life.

      Education in Eritrea is the best … remember an Eritrean high school kid invented three Mathematical Theorems that are new to the world? Go and check, it's called "Eritrea's theorem" Is that a sign of deterioration or ???

  • abraham

    The main reason NOKUT traveleld to Eritrea is because of the amount of application for relevance of degree from former student of higher education in Eritrea living in Norway. Now, that means the goal of the visit was quality assurance and not amount of student enrolled. Though the reform have been very good in regards to making higher education available for more students and increasing the number of students this report doesn't give any indicator in the QUALITY of the degrees offered by the colleges.

    How will NOKUT use this information to verify the education of the Eritrean applcants in Norway will be interesting to see, since there is no mention on how the accredation is done, if any quality assurance process is implemented.

    Why, the Asmara university was closed and split into so many colleges is a discussion for another day…

    • TesfaNews

      Lately, you have been acting like a child. Do not pull yourself to a level that is beyond your capacity.

      One thing that is certain here is you have not been in any of the colleges and you are not even sure what it look like or where exactly they located.

      So where did your judgement comes from? From Asmarino, Awate or Hassina?? Grow up man. Be a person, a gentle man. For how long you have been allowed yourself to be swayed by articles that are written by some egocentric individuals with own personal purposes.

      When you say QUALITY, am sure you know what you want to refer. Before I ask you one Q after the other, tell us How much do you know about Asmara University? Have you been a student? Which faculty? Even if you lied, just tell us about that and we will tell you the QUALITY.

      Advice is never post a comment because you want to. Make your arguments based on facts than hearsay. It makes you even stupid.

  • Abraham

    Tesfanews, did you read what I wrote? How do you conclude that from my comment? The purpose of the report has been defined by NOKUS and that is what am pointing out here! And I repeat they travelled to Eritrea and ethiopia to make an assessment and get a picture on the standard of higher education in both countries. The main goal been quality assurance i would think they would have a thorough look at how this is ensured within the educational system, and honestly I didn't get any of that. Yes, there are more students enrolling and accessing higher school but in terms if the quality we didn't get any smarter, at least not from the report.

    As for me, I did not grow up there and have not studied there neither. I have mentioned this to some people here, my encounter in regards to the colllege is from some of the Indians working as instructors at MayNefhi, they didn't have the qualification to work as instructors there ( again, this is from themselves, they were surprised they got the jobs..).. How I know this I worked with some of them on a different project during my volunteering. Now, if that is not an indicator I don't know what else is.

    • Asmerom

      You first have to learn to read before rushing for comment. The first paragraph below indicated "this reform is not a change on the system" THat means the quality stayed the same….therefore if you are in love with UA you should be more in love with higher number of students.
      "Eritrea has seen a change in its higher education system in the period 2004–2010. However, this reform is not a change in the system itself, but a change in the number of institutions offering higher education in the country. The system of diploma-, bachelor- (and master-) programmes has remained more or less the same, except for the fact that the number of programs has increased."

      – See more at:

    • TesfaNews

      Well, there is no point talking to you Abraham as you intend to believe more on hearsays than facts. Because you met a less intelligent guy when you work volunteering does not constitute the system of education from where he came from is not quality standard.

      Either you are less fortunate or more of a peaky kind of guy; if you only know what type of people are working with me that graduated from western universities but i have never dared to question for a bit that they are of less creative and intelligent because the western education system is not that quality. Oh?

      About recognising our new institutions by Scandinavian or any other university is only a matter of time. Not all new colleges and universities in any given third world country do recognized right away. What NOKUT has done in their first visit and report is the first step that led to recognition.

      You just reminded me of our Massawa international Airport. When we built it using home grown companies but using the same machinery and science used elsewhere in the world to build such, there were people like you questioning the quality of the work. You know that part of the story: we received President Museveni in that questioned airport without any hassle. When people like you questioned it is because the plane was not that big enough to call it a success, the Pakistani government sends one of its gigantic military cargo plane to prove it’s viability and quality. It was a success. For your information, Massawa International Airport owns the longest runway in Africa. Isn’t that more than a success?

      The German air carrier Lufthansa doesn’t need any more proof than that to recognizes it as an alternative International airport. They send in their technical team with their giant Boeing A720 to test land and calibrate/map out its coordinate as an international airport. Lufthansa is still using it as a transit for its long flights to Dubai and Doha from western African countries.

      So hold on your horses for some time and you will here news of immediate recognition of our 7 colleges as an international accredited colleges before they phased out in to a full fledged universities. Mark my word! And guess what, I will be the first to break that news to you.

      Now you move on ….

      • Abraham

        Tesfanews, you should learn to read, understand before speaking your mind. Hearsay??, I told you of a specific example of not only one but two guys accepted as lecturers, on top of that just a month ago I learned a former workmate is also instructing over there…. All three not only are under qualified, they are also aware of this fact themselves… So this FACTS give me a critic to the bone if not a conclusive answer, a hint of the quality!! This is not anything you can talk off or just rub off, it is there and it is a fact. Another thing, I have met and talked to Eritreans all over Europe, Switzerland, Israel, Germany, Greece, Scandinavia and Italy (newly arrivals) and some of them university students, I can swear that roughly 30% of the graduates have a grasp of common knowledge… This is my empirical conclusion, so of course am sceptical when reading reports that glorify an education system that doesnt fullfil certain standards. Not forgetting that the bulk of information to NOKUT was given by the very people that have installed this system. Maybe you have a different one you want to share with us?

        If the colleges get accredited, which I really hope they do I will be the first to accept and rethink my criticism towards the education system in Eritrea. Though critical I do wish the best for my countrymen, I just don't think this regime is capable of bringing about the changes and strides needed.

        Massawa airport, now that is news to me too…. Thanks for the update, I knew there was an airport built there in early 2000s but I haven't heard anything if it fulfilled the purpose of its becoming… Something about Massawa being a Freeport, tourist place, resorts and all that. If it is correct what you are saying, don't you think it is a waste of resource that it only is used that little? Specially being the longest international strip in Africa, now that is a shame. Maybe you can share with us the reasoning behind the decision to built it in the first play, and social, economic studies, visions to back up this decision? Cause to me, an airport with that standard should be buzzing with traffic, which Massawa airport isn't.

        • TesfaNews

          Massawa Airport is news for you, eh?

          Many many things are news for you brother Abraham. The readings you were frequenting in those good for nothing websites doesn’t help you to know the good stuffs that were going on in your home country. How bad. A mind is a terrible thing to waste brother.

          Now, follow the following video very carefully. That was about the first flight Lufthansa made to Massawa airport. As you will find out, the Lufthansa chief was so impressed of the new airport and said ” I wish Massawa airport was in Asmara.” Take note that the video is for 2011 but the airport was built 7 years ago.

          For the question you raised as to why wasting resources on the airport, shows only how shortsighted you are. I have clearly seen how completely you are detached from your country Eritrea. People like you were asking same [silly] question about national service in early 90’s. Why wasting resources that can be spent elsewhere than training thousands of youth in military technique. FARSIGHTEDNESS is the hallmarks of Shaebia. You better get that in to your thick head.

          [youtube n3LZPaRhlyk youtube]

          • Abraham

            Well, you sure set the standard for this website with your insults. What was it you said was the code of commenting here again, some months ago that is. Maybe you should read your own rules for ones.

            Looks like I have to give you all on a silver spoon, your info regarding the airport was news to me.. I was there when it was finished, right before opening, but again I wil ask you how much traffic has been generated since its opening 7yrs ago? Any statistics? Flights per day, week? Has it in its 7 year life contributed in the socio-economical development of the surrounding area? Any maintenance cost compared to,generated income? There are very many questions to ask, questions that will give us answers into how projects are started/planned in Adi…since there is no arena for such debates in the public space. You know even North Korea has built nuclear weapons and have mastered this technology, that doesn't mean it's people are living a better life standard.

            Ohhh, before you comment…take a look at your rules on site behaviour, you should walk the talk like all of us.

          • Dahlak

            Mr. Abraham, well if u can see above your nose, then this is a future investment. As you see Massawa sits in a very stragetic next Dubai & Jedda. Therefore, we will bring you all the necessary documents that you asked when the time comes. Be patient!

          • abraham

            Well, what happened to my answer? Tesfanews, now be proffesional and publish answers to your own comments, at least that will show your believe in yourself and your news. I know my answer didn't breach any of the laws of conduct here so you man up bro. I know you know that you breached your own laws with the insults in your comments above, and thereby setting a new standard (or should i say a low point…) but dont worry, i forgive you and will not sink to that level myself.

          • abraham

            One more thing Tesfanews, don't mistake Shaebia for PFDJ… those are two completely different entities. Sheabia were heroes!!!!! But Shaebia doesn't rule Eritrea now BASTA.

          • abraham

            Well, what happened to my answer? Tesfanews, now be proffesional and publish answers to your own comments, at least that will show your believe in yourself and your news. I know my answer didn't breach any of the laws of conduct here so you man up bro. I know you know that you breached your own laws with the insults in your comments above, and thereby setting a new standard (or should i say a low point…) but dont worry, i forgive you and will not sink to that level myself.

  • Abraham

    Asmerom, and there you proved my point! Do you know what the main objective of the visit by NOKUT was? What initiated the visit in the first place? It was quality of the education, in order to have a basis for certifying the applications from former student of UA residing in Norway now.

    • Asmerom

      Abreham…..Same Quality + an increase in number= better. I thought you and all UA lovers were in love with it because of its quality. Therefore if the quality stays the same with almost quadruple number of students isn’t it better.
      You claim the main objective of the visit by NOKUT was its quality of the education, in order to have a basis for certifying the applications from former student of UA residing in Norway now – Since you agree with the quality of UA and the quality stayed the same; I see no problem on the application of the former student.

      • abraham

        Asmerom, yes maybe you are right there i don't know. As with all reforms there is going to be changes in the qualty shifting either way. It all depends on how the process is done and if there has been any controll mechanisms to evaluate the process and the result after the implementation. Thanks for being proffessional in your comments. This place is full of angry defensive people. One can't write one critical word without being called all tye of names weyane, idiot..even Tesfanews, the publisher has resorted to this. It shamefull!!

  • Hagos

    Tesfanews, stop talking to the Ethiopian/TPLF cadre "Abraham" and block him. This guy has held your website hostage with his hateful vomits of delusions. You engaging with this moron only makes yourself and your website less worthy. Get rid of the cancer, thank you.

    BTW, great read, thanks for posting!

    • abraham

      guys, facts not insults. That is the only way to go. Give me the facts and challenge my comments with the truth, only then will you be credible.

    • abraham

      betri haqi tiketin imber aytisiberin iya!!!!

  • Martha

    exactly Abraham is Agame moron don't waist your time, he doesn't know, because he is Aid addicted nation across the board.

  • Teddy

    I have been reading this post and comment for a while today and have seen some of Abrahams comments. I didn't see any problem with them. He needs to be educated and what we are doing here, insulting and mocking him is not correct. Tesfanews, please as a publisher we expect more from you. Your well written answers and links will eventually educate this Abraham, but don't kick out his comments because you don't like them or don't agree with it. As long as he behaves, let him come to the lion's gate for more of our Eri wisdom.

  • Nebsi

    Abraham , you are what they call a DIVA don’t over act because you are no body recognized by any body.

  • SAM

    I can personally testify that the educational system is significantly improving. I visited Myie N'fihi and I was happy with their efforts despite the lack of teaching staff and texts. Much more work is needed in that department but efforts to send text from abroad and the diaspora returning to teach is greatly appreciated.

  • TesfaNews

    Here we go again. Another 8th College added to the Existing List of Higher Education:


    Asmara, 6 March 2013 – Asmara Teachers Education Institute (ATEI) has been upgraded to Community College. The new college, titled “Asmara Community College of Education,” has started rendering diploma courses in line with the certificate course it has been providing.

    Mr. Alem Gebrekal, Director of the College, said that the nurturing of diploma graduates in the field of education is a vital prerequisite for enhancing quality of basic education. He further explained that the process of upgrading the Institute involved a 3-year venture in drawing a sound curriculum and recruitment of 45 competitive instructors.

    Ferdos Si’ud, a Certificate student, Mohammed-Seid Amr and Walta Kiros expressed satisfaction with the upgrading of the Institute, and said that such opportunity is a remarkable opportunity for a number of nationals seeking career development in the domain of education. Furthermore, they commended the commitment of lecturers, and disclosed that there are ample facilities in the College.

    Asmara Community College of Education has so far registered 730 students.

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  • Tesfamichael

    I was following all your comments and communications. When we saw comments from a person like Abraham it is really hurts the people who worked in this colleges. There are so many points to mention here but not needed at least for now. Abraham you looks educated I appreciated for your comments and concerns of quality. Believe me the quality of education is by far better than before. I will keep you updated on Hamelmalo Agricultural College that comes out from Asmara and how much the college is progressing in terms of Education, Research and Development. But for now be sure what you are commenting is good for the future of our young generation. It is a matter of time to see for your self and believe on what you are commenting. Remember that all the known universities has passed through stage of development before they are recognized.

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