A reflection on my academic journey: The struggle to shape my destiny

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Samson Maekele Tsegay


Based on my personal trajectory, in this paper, I discuss the barriers to access to quality higher education and writing. Access to higher education is very competitive in the Global South, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. Being from Eritrea also aggravates this condition, not only because of the presence of few higher education institutions with limited postgraduate programmes, but also the authoritarian government which restricts the movement of its citizens through exit visa. Despite these challenges, some students are able to finish undergraduate studies and travel abroad to undertake postgraduate studies. They become relatively privileged to research, write and give their voice and the voice of others who share the same experiences. However, studying abroad requires adequate academic, financial and visa preparations. It also demands social and cultural adjustments after reaching the destination country.

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Tsegay, S. M. (2021). A reflection on my academic journey: The struggle to shape my destiny. Access: Critical Explorations of Equity in Higher Education, 9(1), 69–77. Retrieved from https://novaojs.newcastle.edu.au/ceehe/index.php/iswp/article/view/165


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