Ethiopian Institute for Higher Education

Brief background

The government of Ethiopia has given great emphasis in developing the capacity of higher education institutions (HEIs) leaders. As a development partner, the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) has been desirous to support the Ethiopian Government’s initiative in boosting the capacities of Ethiopian HEIs through supporting targeted intervention in the areas of leadership capacity development and research and consultancies. In relation to this, GIZ has started a pilot project by implementing a leadership capacity development program for top-level leaders of Ethiopian universities in collaboration with a German University and its partners with the aim of also paving the ground for the establishment of an Ethiopian Institute for higher education.


The Ethiopian Institute for Higher Education (EIHE) is established as a semi-autonomous organ of the Addis Ababa University in 2017. Although it is housed at Addis Ababa University, it has the responsibility to serve all HEIs in the country on equal basis.


EIHE aspires to be recognized as exemplary and responsive national center of leadership and management training and policy advice on higher education


The mission of EIHE is to contribute to the effective and efficient implementation of education policies, strategies, plans and programs through developing the leadership and management capacity of the higher education sector.


The major objective of the EIHE is to facilitate capacity development for the higher education system by implementing trainings and conducting and coordinating policy-focused research and development in the higher education sector.

The EIHE, shall among other things, have the following objectives.

  • Enhance the capacity of Ethiopia’s higher education institutions, frontline ministries and other stakeholders to facilitate and/or manage transformation in the higher education sub-sector;
  • Offer high quality and practice-oriented professional trainings tailored to the Ethiopian context and the region as a whole with international orientation to current and future higher education staff, leaders and managers;
  • Conduct independent practice-oriented research on higher education policy and implementation to guide policymakers and education leaders in addressing the most pressing higher education challenges in the country.
  • Offer policy advices to higher education institutions, frontline ministries and other stakeholders.

etHELP Application

The Ethiopian Institute for Higher Education (EIHE) will provide leadership and management training to higher education leaders in collaboration with the Center for Higher Education Policy Studies, University of Twente and Centre for Higher Education, Germany.

The first round training will start on 5 June 2018. If you are interested to apply, please follow the following link:

the link to the application will be HERE

If you want to know more about the etHELP please see the brochure in pdf.


Abebaw Yirga Adamu (PhD, MA, MEd) is currently serving as the director for the EIHE.,


Contact Address:

Phone: +251111223841, Email:

P.O.Box 1176, Addis Ababa University, Main Campus, Registrar Building, 3rd Floor, Addis Ababa Ethiopia