LMEU is a cooperation development project between Higher Education Group (HEG), an international research group functioning under the Administrative Sciences Unit and Faculty of Management, University of Tampere in Finland, University of Addis Ababa, University of Bahir Dar, and University of Mekelle in Ethiopia, and Uganda Management Institute, Makerere University in Uganda, and University of Kawazulu-Natal in South Africa.

University of Tampere

The University of Tampere (UTA) is a culturally-committed higher education institution with the social mission of educating visionaries who understand the world and change it. UTA is a multi-discipline university known especially for its research on society and health. The profile of the university is wide-ranging and its research crosses disciplinary boundaries. The university has developed innovative research perspectives into the various phenomena of society, health and welfare. The basic values of the University are academic freedom, creativity and social responsibility. The new University Strategy for 2016-2020 envisions the University of Tampere in 2020 as an international research university and a significant generator of innovative, new knowledge. This will be facilitated by the new university in Tampere, which will merge the three higher education institutions (Tampere 3 merger process).

UTA was founded in 1925 in Helsinki as a Civic College and in 1960 the institution moved to Tampere. Today, it is Finland’s largest provider of higher education in the field of social sciences and the accompanying administrative sciences.The university offers first cycle (Bachelor), second cycle (Master) and third cycle (Doctoral) degrees as well as Professional postgraduate studies, university studies through the Open University and Extension studies. Some 15,000 students are currently pursuing degrees at the University of Tampere. Every year approximately one thousand master’s degrees and one hundred doctoral degrees are produced. The academic units of the university are organised in 6 faculties. The Higher Education Group (HEG) at the Faculty of Management is the principal unit leading and coordinating the LMEU project. The Higher Education Group specialises in higher education research and teaching.

More information on the University of Tampere can be found at http://www.uta.fi
More information on the Higher Education Group can be found at https://www.uta.fi/jkk/heg/en/index.html

Addis Ababa University

Addis Ababa University (AAU), which was established in 1950 as the University College of Addis Ababa (UCAA), is the oldest and the largest higher learning and research institution in Ethiopia. Since its inception, the University has been the leading center in teaching-learning, research and community services in the country. Addis Ababa University’s mission is to produce competent graduates, provide need-based community service and produce problem-solving research outputs through innovative and creative education, research and consultancy service to foster social and economic development of the country. By 2023, AAU aspires to be ranked among the top ten pre-eminent African graduate and research universities. The University is guided by the following core values, such as academic freedom, excellence, integrity and honesty, celebrating diversity, reliance on evidence and authority of reason, student-centeredness, intolerance to corruption, transparency and accountability, and enterepreneual sprits.

Beginning with an enrollment capacity of 33 students in 1950, Addis Ababa University now has 48,673 students (33,940 undergraduate, 13,000 Master’s and 1733 PhD students) and 6043 staff (2408 academics and 3635 support staff). In its 14 campuses, the university runs 70 undergraduate and 293 graduate programmes (72 PhD and 221 Masters), and various specialisations in Health Sciences. Over 222,000 students have graduated from AAU since its establishment. At present the University has 10 colleges, 4 institutes that run both teaching and research, and 6 research institutes that predominantly conduct research. Within these academic units, there are 55 departments, 12 centers, 12 schools, and 2 teaching hospitals.

The College of Education and Behavioural Studies, Department of Educational Planning and Management, and Ethiopian Institute of Higher Education, are key elements of the Addis Ababa University that are actively engaged in the LMEU project.

For more information on Addis Ababa University, visit http://www.aau.edu.et/

Bahir Dar University

Bahir Dar University was established by merging two former higher education institutions; namely the Bahir Dar Polytechnic and Bahir Dar Teachers’ College, founded in 1963 and 1972 respectively. The Bahir Dar Polytechnic Institute has transformed itself into Technology and Textile institutes, becoming a premier institute in producing technicians for the nation. The Bahir Dar Teachers’ College specialises in training primary school teacher trainers, supervisors, educational leaders, adult education organisers and community development agents.
The two institutions of higher learning were integrated to form the Bahir Dar University, which was inaugurated in May 2000. As its core mission, the university works towards contributing substantially to the nation and beyond through high quality education, research and community services. By 2025, Bahir Dar University aspires to become one of the ten premier research universities in Africa. Its fundamental mission is to contribute substantially to the nation and beyond through high quality education, research and community services. The university’s core values are quality, discourse, innovation, integrity, democratic values and social responsibilities.

The university is now among the largest universities in the Ethiopia, with more than 52,830 students in its 219 academic programmes (69 undergraduate, 118 masters, and 32 PhD). Its academic units are currently organised into 5 colleges, 4 institutes, 2 faculties and a school.

The College of Education and Behavioural Sciences is a key partner in the LMEU project.
Visit the website of Bahir Dar University for more information at http://www.bdu.edu.et/

Mekelle University

Mekelle University (MU): the he history of the university began when the Mekelle Business College and Mekelle University College were founded in 1991 and 1993 respectively. The merger of the two former colleges led to the creation of Mekelle University in May 2000 by the Council of Ministers, under Regulation No. 61/1999 of Article 3, as an autonomous and government-funded higher institution. Its fundamental missions focus pursuing academics, research and community service and contributing to the advancement of knowledge, economic growth, and social welfare to national and international community through empowering local communities, excelling in innovation and entrepreneurship, and partnering with national and international institutions. Since its establishment, it has proved to be one of the fastest growing universities in Ethiopia. By 2025, Mekelle University aspires to become one of the top 25 universities in Africa.
The University’s commitment to pursuing excellence in all its core business is reflected in the major values such as Quality service delivery, Academic freedom, Good governance, Culture of fighting corruption, and Sensitivity to cross-cutting issues.

The university is organised in 7 colleges consisting of 43 departments, 9 institutes and 10 schools. At present MU hosts over 31,000 students in the regular, continuing education programme and summer, evening, distance education and in-service programmes in both undergraduate and graduate programmes, and 1739 full-time academic staff,

The LMEU project works closely with the Institute of Pedagogical Science.
More information on Mekelle University can be found at http://www.mu.edu.et/

Makarere University

Makerere University (MaK) is an independent national university of the Republic of Uganda, offering undergraduate and postgraduate study programmes and undertaking research. Established in 1922 as a humble technical school, MaK is one of the oldest and most prestigious English universities in Africa. The institute expanded over the years to become a Center for Higher Education in East Africa in 1935.

The mission of Makerere University is to provide innovative teaching, learning, research and services responsive to national and global needs.
The organisation of the academic units in Makerere University consists of 10 Constituent Colleges, all operating as semi-autonomous units of the University. It provides study programmes to a student body of about 35,000 undergraduates and 3,000.

The LMEU project actively collaborates with the College of Education and External Studies and School of Distance of Lifelong Learning of the Makarere University.
More information about Makarere University can be found at https://www.mak.ac.ug/
Uganda Management Institute

Uganda Management Institute (UMI) is a national centre for training, research and consultancy in the field of administration, leadership and management. Following its inauguration in 1969, the institute was mandated to conduct intensive in-service training to quickly develop management capacity in the public service. UMI operates with a status of a semi-autonomous body.
The institute works towards realising the mission of excelling in developing practical and sustainable administration, leadership and management capacity. It aims at strengthening the management and institutional capacity of the public, private and non-governmental sectors in Uganda and beyond by offering a blend of short and long courses for middle, senior and executive level managers; facilitating conferences, seminars and workshops; and providing research, consultancy and distance learning services.
Within the context of its strategic plan, the institute is structured into 4 specialised but complementary schools and 3 regional study centres.

For more information about Uganda Management Institute, visit http://www.umi.ac.ug/
University of KwaZulu-Natal

The University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) was formed in January 2004 as a result of the merger between the University of Durban-Westville and the University of Natal. The university pursues a mission of becoming an institution that is academically excellent, innovative in research, critically engaged with society and demographically representative, redressing the disadvantages, inequities and imbalances of the past.
The two KwaZulu-Natal universities were among the first batch of South African institutions to merge in 2004 in accordance with the government’s higher educational restructuring plans that will eventually see the number of higher educational institutions in South Africa reduced from 36 to 21. The University of KwaZulu-Natal, as a newly merged institution, brings together the rich histories of both the former institutions; namely University of Durban-Westville and University of Natal, established in 1960s and 1910 respectively.

More information can be found from the webpage of the university, https://www.ukzn.ac.za/