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Teklu Bekele

  • Position: Associate Professor
  • Department: Department of Educational Studies
  • Email: [email protected]
Brief Biography

Teklu Abate Bekele (PhD) is an associate professor of International and Comparative Education (ICE) at the Department of Educational Studies, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, The American University in Cairo (AUC). Prior to joining AUC, Bekele worked in the capacities of research associate, lecturer and senior lecturer of ICE at the Department of Education, University of Oslo, Norway. 

Bekele teaches international and comparative education and research methodology graduate and undergraduate courses. His research interest intersects international and comparative higher education with a focus on Africa. Bekele is also a member of ICE societies and serves as an editorial member in international academic journals.

Research Interest

For nearly a decade, Bekele has been studying the field of international and comparative higher education, employing qualitative and quantitative methodologies, and including policy and practice dimensions. Bekele’s study on the contextual production of knowledge received The 2019 Outstanding Author Contribution Emerald Literati Award on International Perspectives in Education and Society. His research projects included the following:

  • Societal Relevance and Significance of Higher Education (2024-2027)
  • Emerging University-Society Engagements in Africa (2022-2024)
  • Technology Integration in Higher Education in Africa: Philosophical, Theoretical, and Policy-Practice Perspectives (2022-2023)
  • The SDGs as Mechanisms of Educational Governance in Africa (2022-2024)  
  • Strategic Planning and Emerging University-Society Engagements (2019-2021)
  • Scientization of International Educational Development (2020-2021)
  • Bekele, T. A. (2024, in press). The SDGs as mechanisms of educational governance in Africa. International Review of Education.
  • Bekele, T. A., & Ibrahim, B. (2024). Centuries-old private provision of higher education in Egypt. In W. Tamrat et al. (Eds.). Emerging Dynamics in the Provision of Private Higher Education in Africa. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Bekele, T. A. & Amponsah, S. (2024). Africanizing technology integration in higher education. University World News.
  • Bekele, T. A., Ofoyuru, D. T. & Woldegiorgis, E. T. (2023). Assessing university-society engagements: Towards a methodological framework. Innovative Higher Education.
  • Bekele, T. A., Amponsah, S., & Karkouti, I. (2023). African philosophy for successful technology integration in higher education. British Journal of Educational Technology, 1–19. 
  • Amponsah, S. & Bekele, T. A. (2023). Technology integration in higher education in Africa: Philosophical, theoretical, and policy-practice perspectives. British  Journal of Educational Technology.
  • Ibrahim, B. & Bekele, T. A. (2023). Socio-cultural, pedagogical and economic implications of transnational education to host countries. In J. Lamie & C. Hill (Eds.), The Evolving Nature of Universities: What Shapes and Influences Identity in International Higher Education. Routledge
  • Bekele, T. A., & Ibrahim, B. (2023). Centuries-old private provision of higher education in  Egypt. In W. Tamrat et al. (Eds.). The Private Provision of Higher Education in Africa. Macmillan Publishers
  • Bekele, T. A. (2022). Factors stifling critical thinking in African higher education.  University World News, 10 November 2022
  • Bekele, T. A. (2022). Boosting African doctoral capacity needs national partnerships. Times Higher Education
  • Bekele, T. A., Karkouti, I. & Amponash, S. (2022, in press). Core conceptual features of blended learning in higher education: Policy implications. Educational Policy Analysis Archives, 30
  • Amponsah, S. & Bekele T. A. (2022). Strategies for including visually impaired students in online learning. Education and Information Technologies. 
  • Bekele, T. A. (2021). Covid-19 and prospect of online learning in higher education in Africa. Journal of Comparative and International Higher Education,13(5), 241-251.
  • Bekele, T. A., Cossa, J., & Barat, S. (2021). Toward building strategic international university-society partnerships in Africa. Modern Africa: Politics, History, and Society journal, 9(2), 82-115
  • Bekele, T. A. (2021). Scientization of international educational development. Nordic Journal of Comparative and International Education, 5(3), 1-5.
  • Bekele, T. A. (2021). Problematizing scientization in international organizations. Nordic Journal of Comparative and International Education, 5(3), 6-22.
  • Bekele, T. A., Toprak, M., Karkouti, I., & Wolsey, T. (2021). Regional intergovernmental organizations in the Global South: Emerging education policy nodes between the Global and the National. Educational Policy Analysis Archives, 29(130), 1-21.
  • Karkouti, M. I., Wolsey, D. T., Toprak, M., & Bekele, T. A. (2021) Empowering teachers during refugee crises: Social support they need to thrive. Teaching and Teacher Education, 107, 1-9.
  • 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, 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. & 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. (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. (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.
  • Bekele, T. A. (2009). Technology integration in higher education: Methodological and  theoretical issues in and for research (PhD project, department of Education, UiO
  • Bekele, T. A. (2004). Technology integration in teaching and learning in higher education (MPhil thesis), Department of Education, UiO
  • 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