Eritrea: College Graduates on the Rise

In line with the international accredition criterions, Eritrean higher educational institutions undergone a paradigm shift with greater focus from teaching to research
In line with the international accreditation criterion, Eritrean higher educational institutions undergo a paradigm shift with greater focus from teaching to research

By Shabait,

THE number of College graduates in the country is increasing due to the extensive educational opportunity and endeavors, coupled with immense investment being made on the part of the Government to promote equitable educational opportunities to nationals.

In an interview he conducted with ERINA, Prof. Tadasse Mehari, Executive Director of the National Board for Higher Education, said that about 14,000 students from seven Colleges across the country have been pursuing studies in the 2013/2014 scholastic year, out of whom 2,765 graduated with Masters and Bachelor’s Degree, as well as Diploma, while 40 others graduated with Certificate.

Prof. Tadesse went on to explain that Hamelmalo College of Agriculture and the Institute Technology are providing post-graduate study, and that a total of 46 students have graduated with Masters Degree, thus making due contribution in lowering expenses paid to expatriate lecturers. 

He also indicated that a total of 100 civil servants who did not get the opportunity to pursue higher education have been provided with the opportunity to benefit from a Masters program.

Moreover, Prof. Tadesse pointed out that Eritrean intellectuals residing in North America are providing post-graduate lectures in the homeland in line with the efforts made to enable them do so whenever possible. He also stated that the endeavors made to enhance relations with over 25 universities abroad have borne fruitful outcome as regards securing external recognition and ensuring the quality of education being provided.

Still in other respects, the Executive Director of the National Board for Higher Education made reference to the endeavors made to secure due recognition as regards the rank obtained in their educational service. As a result, 12 teachers have attained Professorial status, 14 Associate Professor and 11 Assistant Professor.

In addition, 67 teachers who have been providing service at lower level have become lecturers and 57 others Assistant lecturers.

Higher number of graduates being shown annually attests to the soundness of government’s policy and strategies in connection with education