Associate Professor
Department of Educational Studies


Brief Biography

Teklu Abate Bekele is Associate Professor of International and Comparative Education (ICE) at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, The American University in Cairo (AUC). Prior to joining the AUC, Bekele worked in the capacities of Research Fellow, Research Associate, Lecturer and Senior Lecturer of ICE at the Department of Education, the University of Oslo, Norway. 

Bekele participated in international and interdisciplinary projects involving scholars from America, Europe, Asia and Africa. He is currently serving as a board member for the Nordic Comparative and International Education Society, Co-Editor for the Nordic Journal of Comparative and International Education, and Regional (Africa and Northern Europe) Editor for the Journal of Comparative and Internal Higher Education published by the CIES Higher Education Interest Group, USA. Bekele’s study on context analysis received the 2019 Outstanding Author Contribution Emerald Literati Award on International Perspectives in Education and society.

    • Bekele, T. A. & Ofoyuru, D. T. (2021). Strategic planning in African universities: Emerging university-society engagements. Journal of Comparative and International Higher Education, 13 (1), 151-180.  
    • Bekele, T. A. & Ibrahim, B. (2020). Internationalization of higher education in Egypt: Modalities and policy provisions. In Juliet Thondhlana, Evelyn Chiyevo Garwe, Hans de Wit, Jocelyne Gacel-Ávila, Futao Huang & Wondwosen Tamrat (Eds.), The Bloomsbury Handbook of the Internationalization of Higher Education in the Global South. Bloomsbury Academic, London. https://www.bloomsbury.com/us/the-bloomsbury-handbook-of-the-internationalization-of-higher-education-in-the-global-south-9781350139251/
    • Bekele, T. A. (2019). Exploring emancipatory perspectives in internationalization. University World News, 14 November
    • Karkouti, M. I., & Bekele, T. A. (2019). Human factor behind integrating technology into learning. University World News (Global Edition), 15 June.  
    • Bekele, T. A. (2019). Trends in higher education in Egypt. Bloomsbury Education and Childhood Studies,Bloomsbury Publishing, London
    • Bekele, T. A. (2019). Funding of higher education in Egypt. Bloomsbury Education and Childhood Studies,Bloomsbury Publishing, London.
    • Bekele, T. A. (2018). Context in comparative and international education studies. In A. W. Wiseman (Ed.), Annual Review of Comparative and International Education 2017: International Perspectives on Education and Society 34 (275–299). Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
    • Bekele, T. A. (2010). Motivation and satisfaction impact of educational technologies:  A Review. Educational Technology and Society, 13 (2), 116-127.
    • Bekele, T. A. (2009). Cognitive skills in Internet-supported learning environments in higher education: Research issues. Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, 3(4), 397-419.
    • Bekele, T. A. & Menchaca, M. P. (2010). Critical thinking and problem-solving skills in blended learning.  Journal of the World Universities Forum, 3(1), 105-128.  
    • Bekele, T. A. & Menchaca, M. P. (2008). Research on Internet-supported learning: A review. Quarterly Review of Distance Education, 9(4), 373–406.
    • Menchaca, M. P. & Bekele, T. A. (2008). Learner and instructor identified success factors in distance education. Distance Education, 29(3), 231 – 252.
    • June 2009: PhD in Education, University of Oslo, Norway
    • June 2004: MPhil in International and Comparative Education, University of Oslo
    • July 1998: BA in Educational Psychology, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia
Research Interest

For nearly a decade, Bekele has been studying the field of international and comparative higher education, employing qualitative and quantitative methodologies. His interest areas include the following.

  • Emerging higher education-society engagements- Social relevance and significance of higher education in Africa
  • Regional intergovernmental organizations and educational development in the global South
  • Digital technologies in learning and teaching
  • Quality of education
  • Emerging knowledge production cultures and context analysis