Educational institutions and study programmes
Ethiopian educational institutions and study programmes
Below, we explain what types of Ethiopian educational institutions and study programmes there are, and how we check whether they are recognised or accredited. We check the or to make sure that the quality is sufficient. On this page, we give the necessary information for each type of education.
The government of a country grants an official status to an educational institution and/or study programme. Usually, if the government recognises an educational institution, all its study programmes are also recognised. However recognition may also be arranged at the programme level. This means that the government must recognise not only the educational institution, but also its study programmes. We only evaluate diplomas from recognised institutions and recognised study programmes. Read more about recognition in the EAR manual.
An organisation checks and assesses the quality of education. Usually the accreditation is valid for a certain period. In some countries, accreditation is compulsory, in others it is voluntary. The government of a country often appoints one or more organisations responsible for accrediting institutions and/or study programmes. In addition, there are also private accreditation organisations. We only mention and (in the case of diploma evaluations) consult accreditation organisations appointed by the government of that country. Read more about accreditation in the EAR manual.
Secondary education | diplomas
In secondary education, you should especially pay attention to whether a student has a recognised diploma. These are the recognised diplomas of upper secondary education:
- From 2021 onwards: the Secondary School Leaving Examination, issued by the National Educational Assessment and Examinations Agency (NEAEA);
- Until 2020: the Ethiopian University Entrance Examination Certificate, issued by the NEAEA.
Please note: you can check the study results online.
Higher education | educational institutions
In Ethiopia, there are 2 types of higher education institutions:
- public universities; and
- private higher education institutions.
Public universities offer both and . They are usually not specialised in 1 field of study. Instead, they offer study programmes in various fields of study. Among other things, students can obtain bachelor’s and master’s degrees at universities.
Higher professional education (hoger beroepsonderwijs, HBO). Dutch higher education distinguishes between research-oriented higher education (wetenschappelijk onderwijs, WO) and higher professional education (hoger beroepsonderwijs, HBO). HBO is more oriented towards professions in specific areas than WO, and has traditionally been offered at universities of applied sciences (hogescholen).
Research-oriented higher education (wetenschappelijk onderwijs, WO). Dutch higher education distinguishes between research-oriented higher education (wetenschappelijk onderwijs, WO) and higher professional education (hoger beroepsonderwijs, HBO). WO is oriented more towards theory and research than HBO, and has traditionally been offered at research universities (universiteiten).
Private higher education institutions
Private higher education institutions are usually colleges. They mainly offer HBO and usually students can only follow bachelor’s programmes.
Compared to public universities, private higher education institutions are small. They are often specialised in 1 field of study, such as business administration, computer science or nursing.
Checking the accreditation of private higher education institutions
On the website of the Education and Training Authority (ETA), you can check the accreditation of private higher education institutions via a search tool:
- Go to the search tool for accredited higher education institutions
- At ‘Search Accredited HEI’, type the name of the educational institution and click on the magnifier.
- Does the educational institution appear in the results? The educational institution is accredited.
- Is the educational institution not listed in the results? It is probably not accredited.
Higher education | study programmes
Depending on the type of higher education institution, we check the accreditation of higher education study programmes:
- In case of public universities, we do not have to check the accreditation of the study programmes separately. The study programmes are automatically accredited if the university itself is accredited.
- In case of private higher education institutions, we do check the accreditation of the study programmes. The study programmes are not automatically accredited if the educational institution itself is accredited.
Checking the accreditation of study programmes of private higher education institutions
- First, check if the private higher education institution is accredited. We explain how you can check that above, under the section ‘Checking the accreditation of private higher education institutions’.
- In the search results, click on the educational institution.
- Under ‘Licensure Programs, click on ‘View’’ for an overview of accredited study programmes of this educational institution.
- Under ‘Licensure Status’, does it say ‘Active’? The study programme is accredited.