Enterprise Architecture (EA) and its management have received considerable attention from the academic and practical audience. Despite a very wide treatment on EA, research on EA in the academic sector has not received similar attention till date. There is also a growing interest on digital transformation with evidences suggesting that academic institutions have increased their investment into digital technology which prompts a need to reflect on how this technology affects these institutions and the educational processes. In the dissertation, we propose to link these concerns based on three research issues, through which we explore the objectives an academic institute wants to achieve in planning for digital transformation and the necessary institutional readiness factors of a digital enterprise architecture, and then propose a design framework to support the endeavour. The dissertation employs both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies. Implications for research and practice are also delineated at the end.