Private universities, or private higher education institutions, are not operated by governments but by companies. In South Africa, these institutions are reliant on fee income from students, and do not receive tax breaks, public student loans or grants.
Private universities are subject to government regulation.
The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviewed Dr Felicity Coughlan (Chair of SA Private Higher Education and Academic Director at ADvTECH) and Prof Alwyn Louw (Monash SA) for his weekly “The Science Of” feature.
Coughlan and Louw discussed the ins and outs of private universities in South Africa.
For more detail listen to the interview in the audio below (and/or scroll down for quotes from it).
We’re not allowed to call them universities.— Dr Felicity Coughlan
Students feel that if they don’t have a degree they don’t have anything.— Dr Felicity Coughlan
The public sector has to educate the majority of the country’s people, because it’s subsidised to do so.— Dr Felicity Coughlan
We have a network of laureate institutions.— Prof Alwyn Louw
The barriers are high and the regulations are really tight.— Dr Felicity Coughlan
Unisa is massively important.— Dr Felicity Coughlan
The South African student doesn’t cope well with distance learning.— Dr Felicity Coughlan
We’re trying to take the ‘distance’ out of ‘distance learning’.— Dr Felicity Coughlan
Private universities are doing a fair amount of research.— Dr Felicity Coughlan
There are no easy solutions at all.— Dr Felicity Coughlan
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