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ICT policy in Ehtiopia

Developing ICT policy in higher education



The higher education sector in Ethiopia is expanding with full support and commitment of the government to invest in the sector. Expansion of the sector produces many graduates to the economy, who contribute to the development of the country. The education sector as well as many public service organisations increasingly use ICT in their work. More graduates with ICT skills are needed.
Priority of the plan focuses on expansion and reforming the delivery system to make it more responsive to the needs of the country and the society.  Institutions must increasingly use ICT to expand their delivery and make their programme of high quality.
Most universities need improvement on:

  • teaching and technical staff

  • policies of human resource development

  • reform policies

  • ICT and other facilities for teaching and learning

University libraries need more materials, and want to use ICT technology. The use of management information systems in the teaching-learning is in search for enhancement, as well as the administration and management of institutional affairs.


Overall objective
To enhance the contribution of ICT possibilities to good quality education and efficient administrative duties and management information collection of nine Higher Education Institutions in Ethiopia
Specific objectives in the project
Building the capacity and competence of technical staff to deliver services in all technical aspects of installation, networking and maintenance of ICT facilities. Gender balance has to be taken in account.

  • Develop a national ICT policy and master plan for the HE sector,
    with contributions from institutional ICT policies and master plans.

  • Develop detailed institutional ICT policies and ICT master plans,
    taking into account the individual institutions’ priorities,
    which derive from a national ICT policy for higher education.

  • Build the capacity and competence of academic and administrative
    staff for optimal utilization of ICT facilities for management, teaching
    and research.

  • Invest in modest upgrading of ICT facilities in higher education

Crosscutting objective:
Increased participation of female professionals in the ICT field

There is a clear link between the objectives of this project and those of the projects for setting up HESC (former EHESI) and ERQA (former QRAA), which are being executed on higher education sub-sector level. All three projects have an important role to facilitate the transformation and expansion of the sub-sector. Coordination between the three is thus quite important and will be achieved by having senior officials of the HESC and ERQA agencies participate in activities of this project.


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