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Challenges for Higher Education in Eritrea in the Post-Independent Period to the Present - A Case of Asmara University

Prof. Ravinder Rena

University of the Western Cape; Polytechnic of Namibia; Papua New Guinea University of Technology

August 2, 2007

Argentine Working Paper No.14

Eritrean higher education faced numerous challenges over many years. It was particularly suffered during the colonial periods. Eritrea exerted its efforts to develop its dilapidated educational system with the advent of its independence. Eritrea celebrated its sixteenth birthday recently. However, the educational challenges in higher education still remain high. The government of Eritrea established different colleges in different administrative regions. The University of Asmara is the only university in the country that had to be revitalized after its devastation by the 30-year war of independence. Since independence, the University has been able to contribute to the nation's skill manpower considerably. This paper examines higher education of Eritrea for about 60 years period. It delves the University of Asmara and its birth, development and apogee. The paper also gives some insights on recent educational development in Eritrea.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 13

Keywords: Higher education, Eritrea, Asmara University, Colonial period, Educational development

JEL Classification: A2, I22, I28

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Date posted: October 31, 2008  

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Rena, Prof. Ravinder, Challenges for Higher Education in Eritrea in the Post-Independent Period to the Present - A Case of Asmara University (August 2, 2007). Argentine Working Paper No.14. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1292172

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