Associate Professor
Department of International and Comparative Education


Brief Biography

Teklu A. 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 taught graduate research methodology and ICE courses in the ICE, Higher Education and Education Policies for Global Development programs at the University of Oslo.

For nearly a decade, Bekele has been studying the fields of teaching and learning using technology in higher education, quality of education, education reform, workplace learning, and emerging knowledge production cultures in higher education, employing qualitative and quantitative methodologies. His recent research considers emerging higher education-society linkages within the context of globalization, examining how and to what extent reconceptualization of research, teaching, and learning justify the social significance and relevance of higher education. 

Bekele participated in international and interdisciplinary projects involving scholars from America, Europe, Asia and Africa. He is currently serving as a board member of the Nordic Comparative and International Education Society and Co-Editor for the Nordic Journal of Comparative and International Education. Bekele is also a member of the Comparative and Internal Education Society, USA, and reviews for international academic journals.

      • Bekele, T. A. (In press). Trends in higher education in Egypt. Bloomsbury Education and Childhood Studies, Bloomsbury Publishing, London.
      • Bekele, T. A. (In press). 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
      • June 2004: MPhil in International and Comparative Education, University of Oslo
      • July 1998: BA in Educational Psychology, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia
    Research Interest

    Bekele’s research takes three interrelated trajectories in basic and higher education policy and practice, employing comparative and international perspectives.

    • Digital technologies in learning, teaching, and research
    • Quality of education
    • Social relevance and significance of higher education 
    • Emerging knowledge production cultures and context analysis