College of Humanities

UKZN’s International Journal of African Higher Education receives Scopus recognition

The International Journal of African Higher Education (IJAHE) founded by Professor of Higher Education in the School of Education Damtew Teferra has been recognised and accepted by Scopus, the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature (scientific journals, books and conference proceedings).

As a multidisciplinary journal, the IJAHE publishes research articles, essays and reviews on a multitude of Higher Education issues in Africa. It also publishes comparative, theme-based special issues. The journal not only publishes articles on the theory and practice of African Higher Education by scholars around the world, but also strongly encourages Higher Education practitioners in the continent to contribute and share their expertise and experience.

‘Only a tiny number of African journals are included in Scopus’ list. It is deeply gratifying, professionally and personally, that this is the only journal on Higher Education in and on Africa with such recognition—and the second journal at UKZN with such status. It has taken ten years of hard work and an enormous amount of time and energy to obtain this recognition since the establishment of the journal in 2014,’ said Teferra.

Professor Sandile Songca, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Teaching and Learning at UKZN said, ‘Congratulations to the IJAHE. This is a notable milestone for UKZN, the College of Humanities, and the African Higher Education sector. With the difficult times facing the sector internationally, which are exacerbated in Africa, this recognition will go a long way in enhancing the developmental goals of Higher Education, primarily equity, which the African Union has singled out as being at the centre of developmental priorities.’

Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College of Humanities Professor Nhlanhla Mkhize added, ‘This is an astounding achievement and we are proud that the journal is associated with our Institution.’

The IJAHE, which is published in partnership with multiple partners including the Association of African Universities, has also received sustained support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Center for International Higher Education and the libraries of Boston College.

Teferra is a convener and founder of the Higher Education Forum for Africa, Asia and Latin America (HEFAALA). He is the chair of the Ethiopian Ministry of Education’s Advisory Council and facilitator of the African Union’s Continental Education Strategy for Africa (CESA 2016-25) Higher Education Cluster coordinated by the Association of African Universities. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and other think pieces and ten books, including two award winning ones: African Higher Education: An International Reference Handbook (Indiana University Press, 2003) and Funding Higher Education in Sub-Saharan Africa (Palgrave MacMillan, 2013).