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About MoHE

The Ministry of Higher Education, was established through Government Gazzete No. 836 of 2016 to formulate policy and regulate University Education, Vocational Education and Training, as well as to promote the application of Science, Technology and Innovation for socio-economic development.

In executing its mandate, the Ministry aims to increase equitable access to quality, effective and efficient Education and Skills training. The Ministry also aims to promote research and innovation in Science and Technology in order to increase variety of products to the market. This mandate places the Ministry at the heart of the human development process and is therefore critical to the country’s industrialization agenda that will transform it into a knowledge based middle income country by 2030.

Mandate and Portfolios

  • The Ministry provides oversight on matters of science, technology and innovation
  • Higher Education – The Ministry provides oversight on matters of university education
  • TEVET – The Ministry provides oversight on matters of vocational education and training


Under the Ministry of Higher Education, currently there are 27 TEVET institutions; 7 Universities, 7 ( NSTC, NTBC, NRSC, NTBC, NBA and NEPIO) science and technology service institutions and 1 (NISIR) research and development institution. The Ministry also has 4 (ZAQA, HEA, HELSB, TEVETA) education support service institutions, 3 (HEA, ZAQA, TEVETA) of which are regulatory institutions.