Migration of Indian university lecturers to Ethiopia

Projekt innerhalb des Forschungprojekts "Afrikas Asiatische Optionen" (AFRASO). Finanzierung durch das BMBF, Förderzeitraum: März 2013 - Februar 2017
Projektleiterin und Hauptbeteiligte: Dr. Sophia Thubauville

Since several years now Ethiopia has been experiencing a boom in universities. Most of the 31 universities have not been existing for more than a decade and can only offer a minimal curriculum with the help of foreign academics. Currently, most academics are recruited from India with the help of commercial recruitement agencies. 

Through case studies at Ethiopian universities, Indian recruitment agencies and the web, the project wants to contribute qualitative findings to the research on highly skilled migration with a special focus on the direction of the movement, which takes place from South Asia to Africa.

India and Ethiopia have long historic relations, especially concerning trade. However, an important area of exchange and cooperation between the two countries which is essential and formative for the image of Indians in Ethiopia is the cooperation in education, currently in higher education. While during the period of Haile Selassie no Ethiopian who visited Secondary School would graduate without being taught by Indian teachers, today no university student will finalize his higher education without having had lecturers from India. Indian university lectureres have been in Ethiopia for more than one decade now as Ethiopia expanded its university sector from two to 31 public universities, while still suffering an enormous brain drain. Even though working conditions in Ethiopian are poorer than at Indian universities, Indian academics are attracted to Ethiopia because of an attractive expatriate salary, a high saving potential and job offers for retired academics.

 

Through case studies at Ethiopian universities, Indian recruitment agencies and the web, the project wants to contribute qualitative findings to the research on highly skilled migration with a special focus on the direction of the movement, which takes place from South Asia to Africa.

 




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