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Prof Emnet Tadesse Woldegiorgis

Name: Emnet Tadesse Woldegiorgis
Location: B-Ring 222 Auckland Park Kingsway Campus
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About Prof Emnet Tadesse Woldegiorgis

Emnet Tadesse Woldegiorgis is an Associate Professor and the Director of the Ali Mazrui Centre for Higher Education Studies at the University of Johannesburg. He has been researching higher education issues in Africa since 2006 and holds a PhD from the University of Bayreuth in Germany, where he worked as a researcher from 2015. His research interests include higher education transformation, decolonization and the politics of knowledge, partnership models, regionalisation, and internationalisation of higher education in Africa. He completed his joint master’s degree in Higher Education Studies at Oslo University in Norway, Tampere University in Finland, and Aveiro University in Portugal. Additionally, he has been certified in two advanced-level research trainings in higher education from the Centre for Institutional Cooperation (ICIS) at Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, and in Leadership and Management of Higher Education Institutions from the Maastricht School of Management in the Netherlands. Prior to his role at Bayreuth University, he served as the Head of the Quality Assurance Office, Head of Department, and vice dean at Mekelle University in Ethiopia for four years. He has published numerous articles and book chapters on higher education issues, including theories of regionalisation, student mobility, cost sharing, and harmonisation of higher education systems in Africa.


Woldegiorgis, E. T., & Chiramba, O. (2024). Access and success in higher education: fostering resilience in historically disadvantaged students in South Africa. Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education.

Woldegiorgis, E. T. (2024). Internationalisation of Higher Education Under Neoliberal Imperatives: The Political Economy of Student Mobility in Africa. In Critical Reflections on the Internationalisation of Higher Education in the Global South (pp. 13-31). Emerald Publishing Limited.

Woldegiorgis, E. T., & Yu, C. Q. (Eds.). (2024). Critical Reflections on the Internationalisation of Higher Education in the Global South.

Woldegiorgis, E. T. (2024). Rethinking the Internationalisation of Higher Education in South Africa in the Post-Pandemic Era: Towards a Blended Future. In Critical Reflections on the Internationalisation of Higher Education in the Global South (pp. 201-222). Emerald Publishing Limited.

Woldegiorgis, E. T. (2023). The Dynamics of Globalisation and Internationalisation Processes Shaping the Policies for African Higher Education. In Higher Education in Sub-Saharan Africa in the 21st Century: Pedagogy, Research and Community-Engagement (pp. 87-105). Singapore: Springer Nature Singapore.

Woldegiorgis, E. T. (2023). Changes and Continuity in the Roles and Functions of Higher Education in Sub-Saharan Africa. In Creating the New African University (pp. 40-66). Brill.

Bekele, T. A., Ofoyuru, D. T., & Woldegiorgis, E. T. (2023). Assessing University-Society Engagements: Towards a Methodological Framework. Innovative Higher Education, 1-21.

Woldegiorgis, E. T. (2023). Decolonising the African Union Regional Higher Education Policy: A Tentative Approach against Neocolonial Entanglement. In Unyoking African University Knowledge (pp. 120-137). Brill.

Kibona, B., & Woldegiorgis, E. T. (2023). Reconstructing the social responsibilities of African universities towards citizenship education: perspectives from the ujamaa philosophy of Julius Nyerere. Curriculum Perspectives, 1-10.

Ndlovu, S., & Woldegiorgis, E. T. (2023). ‘Nothing for us without us’: Exclusion of students with disabilities in disability policy review at a South African institution of higher education. African Journal of Teacher Education12(1), 179-201.

Woldegiorgis, E. T., & Monari, K. (2023). Access and politics of higher education for refugees: Comparative contexts from Uganda and Ethiopia. African Journal of Teacher Education12(2 Special Issue), 1-19.

Woldegiorgis, E. T. (2022). Mitigating the digital divide in the South African higher education system in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic. Perspectives in Education40(3), 197-211.

Woldegiorgis, E. T. (2022). Configurations of progress and the historical trajectory of the future in African higher education. Educational Philosophy and Theory54(11), 1839-1853.

Woldegiorgis, E. T. (2022). Responses and Mechanisms for Mitigating the Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on East African Higher Education. In Higher Education in the Face of a Global Pandemic (pp. 120-138). Brill.

Woldegiorgis, E. T. (2022). The Challenges of Online Learning in African Higher Education: A Critical Reflection on the Digital Divide Associated with the COVID-19 Pandemic. In Higher Education in the Face of a Global Pandemic (pp. 11-27). Brill.

Woldegiorgis, E. T. (2021). Decolonising a higher education system which has never been colonised’. Educational Philosophy and Theory53(9), 894-906.