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Private universities are not operated by governments though many receive public subsidies, especially in the form of tax breaks and public student loans and grants. Depending on their location, private universities may be subject to government regulation. Private universities compare to public universities and national universities.


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Australia Edit

Bond University, Australia's first private university, dates from 1987.[1] It runs three semesters per year (correlating exactly with the Northern and Southern Hemispheres' schedules), which allows a student to complete a six semester degree in two years and an eight semester degree (e.g. Law) in under three years.[2]

Since Bond University's foundation, the University of Notre Dame Australia opened as a private university, in 1989. Template:As of the two remain Australia's only private universities.Template:Citation needed

Melbourne University, a public university, owned a private university called Melbourne University Private from 1998 to 2005. The private university was not successful, losing $A 20,000,000 over its lifetime.

Austria Edit

In Austria, educational institutions must be authorised by the State to legally grant academic degrees. All state-run universities are governed by the 2002 Austrian Universities' and University Degree Programmes' Organisation Act (Federal Law Gazette No. 120/2002). In 1999, a federal law (Universitäts-Akkreditierungsgesetz) was passed to allow the accreditation of private universities. The Akkreditierungsrat (Accreditation Council, [4]) evaluates applicants and issues recommendations to the responsible Austrian accreditation authority (the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science & Research).

Accreditation by the council yields a couple of privileges: Academic grades issued by accredited private universities have the same legal status as those issued by state-run universities. Private universities can appoint or promote professors. Their students enjoy the same privileges pertaining social security, foreigner law and state scholarships as students of the state universities. Private Educational services of private universities are not subject to value added tax, and donations are tax deductible.

Accreditations must be renewed regularly and can be withdrawn, e.g. in the case of repeated academic misconduct as happened in 2003 where the accreditation of International University Vienna, was withdrawn. In 2006, when the accreditation of IMADEC University expired, the Accreditation Council rejected requests for renewal.

Austrian law provides that private universities in Austria must use the term Privatuniversität (literally, "private university") in their German names, although their formal names in other languages, e.g. in English, are not regulated. Thus, there is the possibility of private institutions employing the term "university" as opposed to "private university" in their advertisements in all languages except German while still complying with Austrian law.

While the legal definition of "private university" prohibits funding by the federal government of Austria, funding by other public bodies is not prohibited. Consequently, some of Austria's private universities are funded or partly funded by provincial governments, while others are fully private funded.

Accreditation of private universities started in 2001. Template:As of Austria has 13 private universities. Most of them are small (fewer than 1000 students) and specialise in only one or two fields of study:

Three former private universities are not accredited any more:

  • International University Vienna: Accreditation was withdrawn in 2003 due to academic misconduct.
  • IMADEC University: First accreditation period ended in January 2006 and was not renewed.
  • TCM Privatuniversität Li Shi Zhen in Vienna: Accreditation period ended 2009; TCM did not call for renewal. All students could finish their studies.

Bangladesh Edit

A number of private universities sprouted in Bangladesh after the Private University Act, 1992 was instituted. The biggest private universities of Bangladesh include Independent University, Bangladesh(IUB), American International University-Bangladesh(AIUB), North South University (NSU), Stamford University Bangladesh(SUB), Darul Ihsan University (DIU), BRAC University (BRACU), University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh(ULAB),BGC Trust University Bangladesh(BGCTUB), Ahsanullah University of Science and Technology (AUST), Bangladesh University (BU), Presidency University (PU), Southeast University (SEU), Shanto Mariam University of Creative Technology (SMUCT),Queens University (QU), Daffodil International University (DIU), East West University (EWU), United International University (UIU), The University of Asia Pacific (UAP), Asian University Of Bangladesh (AUB), World University of Bangladesh (WUB), IBAIS university, Asian University of Women (AUW). All private universities must be approved by University Grants Commission (UGC) before they get a permit to operate.

Canada Edit

See List of private universities in Canada

China Edit

Since 2003, joint-partnership private universities have been established in the PRC. English is the only language of instruction in all three institutions.


Germany has 83 private universities (called Privathochschule) and 45 church-run universities (called kirchliche Hochschule). Similar to the state-run universities, they are subdivided into Universitäten, Fachhochschulen (universities of applied science) and Kunst- und Musikhochschulen (art schools). Private universities in Germany need institutional accreditation by the state.

The first private university in Germany, Witten/Herdecke University, opened in 1982. Though private universities are numerous in Germany, they represent only less than 1% of all students. Some private universities, including Hanseatic University Rostock (2007–2009) and the International University in Germany in Bruchsal have gone out of business.

Most of the church universities are run by the Protestant or Catholic churches, however there is one Jewish university (Hochschule für Jüdische Studien) in Heidelberg.

Greece Edit

In Greece private universities are prohibited by the constitution (Article 16). However, laboratories of liberal studies (Εργαστήρια ελευθέρων σπουδών, ergastiria eleftheron spoudon) operate freely in the country and based on a law from the 1930s they are registered as private for-profit businesses and regulated by the Greek Ministry of Commerce. Their academic degrees, which are not recognised in Greece, are directly provided to successful students by foreign universities in the United Kingdom, United States of America, or other countries, usually through franchise or validation agreements (the franchise agreement usually being considered better). This has limited access to the laboratories, which usually teach in English, to high-income Greeks who for various reasons (usually family matters) did not want to go abroad.

In 2008 the Nea Demokratia-led government of Greece voted a law that will force all laboratories of liberal studies to register with the Greek Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs as colleges (κολλέγια, kollegia) by August 2009. It is expected that this will help to widen the participation of Greek students in private colleges, thus allowing the expertise and efficiency of the private educational sector to benefit the Greek students and society.

Guatemala Edit

  • Francisco Marroquín University is a private university in Guatemala City, Guatemala which means it's not founded by the state. According to the school's website, "the mission of Universidad Francisco Marroquín is to teach and disseminate the ethical, legal and economic principles of a society of free and responsible persons." The website also states that UFM "has the most rigorous entrance requirements in the country."

Hungary Edit

Hong Kong Edit

India Edit

In India, privately funded institutions have existed since independence, but they were not recognised as private universities. Many private universities (or institutions classified as universities by the University Grants Commission or those that define themselves as university) have come up only recently. Many of these universities offer multidisciplinary professional courses similar to state funded universities, however institutions offering single stream specialization programs are also in existence.

Noida University is being set up to provide research-driven education. It offer high academic excellence and rich infrastructural facilities.

Symbiosis International University is the most famous brand name when talking about top private universities of India. Manipal University, another famousTemplate:Citation needed private university, operates in Manipal, Karnataka. It has over 20 constituent colleges that offer over 180 programs in 14 disciplines. Manipal University is the preferred destination of students from over 55 countries. ICFAI University sponsored by the ICFAI is a multi-campus private university offering specialised undergraduate and postgraduate programs in business (BBA/MBA) computers (BCA/MCA). KIIT University, Bhubaneswar became the youngest institute to get university status in India and entered the Limca Book of Records.

Many institutes specializing in management education (like Xavier Labour Relations Institute) have been around since the 1940s and the 1970s respectively. Some of the noted private universities in India are the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, and D. Y Patil University, Navi Mumbai, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Kerala, SRM,Tamil Nadu, Vinayaka Missions University, Tamil Nadu, VIT-University, Tamil Nadu and BITS,Pilani(Rajasthan).

The Global Open University Nagaland is an Indian university established in 2006 in Dimapur, Nagaland. It has been established under the provisions of The Global Open University Act 2006 (Act 3 of 2006) of the Government of Nagaland with a view to introducing vocational, job oriented and employment centric education in the North-East in general and in the State of Nagaland in particular

Dnyaneshwar Vidyapeeth, Pune has been awarding engineering degree and diplomas for 30 years.[4] Vedanta University, near Bhubaneswar, Orissa is India's first large multidisciplinary private university.[5] The government of Orissa passed a landmark bill to allow the massive university to be set up and function with autonomy in July 2009.[6]

Amity University, a management and Engineering university of India, is another private university.

Indonesia Edit

  • Muhammadiyah University of Magelang, is one of private university belong to Muhammadiyah organisation. This university is well known as UMMGL standing for Universitas Muhammadiyah Magelang. This University was founded on August 31, 1964.

Ireland Edit

In Ireland, a private university (more commonly known as a private college) is one that is not funded by the state, and therefore not covered by the free-fees initiative. All universities, Institutes of Technology, Colleges of Education, as well as the National College of Ireland and some religious institutions are publicly funded and therefore covered by free-fees. There are few private colleges, and they are highly specialised, such as Griffith College Dublin, Dorset College and Dublin Business School. The major representative body for private colleges in Ireland is the Higher Education Colleges Association Private colleges in Ireland can seek to have their programmes validated/accredited by the Higher Education and Training Awards Council.

Iraq Edit

See Private Universities in Iraq

Japan Edit

Template:As of Japan had 568 private universities, while there are 87 national universities and 89 public universities.[7] Private universities thus account for about 3/4 of all universities in Japan. Many, but not all, junior colleges in Japan are private. Like public and national universities, many private universities use National Center Test for University Admissions as an entrance exam.

Lebanon Edit

There are 19 private universities in Lebanon.[8] Among these universities, two are internationally acknowledged, namely, the American University of Beirut and the Lebanese American University.[9] The languages of teaching in private universities are mainly French and English, while Arabic is widely used in religious universities and Armenian in the Armenian university. The first university opened in Lebanon was the Syrian Protestant College in 1866 (Became the American University of Beirut in 1921). It was founded by Daniel Bliss a Protestant missionary. The second university opened in Lebanon was the, Université Saint-Joseph, founded by the Jesuits in 1875.

Netherlands Edit

Template:Wikify In the Netherlands there is one private university named Nyenrode. This university, founded in 1946, remains active as a Graduate School for Business. You can get your master degree in Management and do an MBA. Both programs are taught in English. Recently, Nyenrode merged with the institute for CPA education and both institutions share their facilities. The Nyenrode Business University also contains a campus and highly active student life. The Dutch HBOs (universities of applied science) count more private institutes like the Nootenboom University for Business and the IVA for the Automotive industry.

Pakistan Edit

Main article: Higher Education Commission of Pakistan

The Higher Education Commission (HEC), formerly the University Grant Commission, is the primary regulator of higher education in Pakistan. It also facilitates the development of higher educational system in Pakistan[1]. Its main purpose is to upgrade the List of universities in Pakistan to be world-class centres of education, research and development.

The HEC is also playing a leading role towards building a knowledge-based economy in Pakistan by giving out hundreds of doctoral scholarships for education abroad every year. In spite of the criticism of HEC, its creation has also had a positive impact on higher education in Pakistan. In their two year report for 2004 to 2006 it is mentioned that according to the Institute of Scientific Information, the total number of publications appearing in the 8,000 leading journals indexed in the web of Science arising out of Pakistan in 2005 was 1,259 articles, representing a 41% increase over the past two years and a 60% increase since the establishment of HEC in 2002. In addition the HEC digital library now provides access to over 20,000 leading research journals, covering about 75% of the world's peer reviewed scientific journals.

Until 1991, there were only two recognized private universities in Pakistan: Aga Khan University established in 1983; and Lahore University of Management Sciences established in 1985. By 1997, however, there were 10 private universities and in 2001-2002, this number had doubled to 20; among the first to gain degree awarding status was Hajvery University, Lahore(HU), established in 1990. In 2003-2004 Pakistan had a total of 83 private degree granting institutions.

The rapid expansion of private higher education is even more remarkable if we look at the number of institutions established on a year-by-year basis. In 1997, for instance, three private institutions were established; in 2001 eleven new private institutions were opened; and in 2002 a total of 29 private sector institutions sprung up.

The HEC website also points to a 40% increase in enrollment in universities in Pakistan over the last two years, which it attributes to efforts on its part to encourage higher education in the country.


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Private colleges and universities may either be "sectarian" or "non-sectarian" entities. Institutions may be not-for-profit, or profit-oriented. Most private schools are not-for-profit Catholic like Adamson University (Vincentian), Ateneo de Manila University (Jesuit), Colegio de San Juan de Letran (Dominican), De La Salle University (Christian Brothers), Don Bosco Technical College (Salesian), Saint Louis University, Baguio City (CICM), San Beda College (Benedictine), University of San Carlos, Cebu City (SVD) and the University of Santo Tomas (Dominican). However, there are also non-Catholic not-for-profit sectarian institutions such as Silliman University (Presbyterian), Trinity University of Asia (Anglican), Adventist University of the Philippines (Seventh-day Adventists), and New Era University (Iglesia Ni Cristo). Non-sectarian private schools, on the other hand, are corporations licensed by the Securities and Exchange Commission. Some are also registered on the Philippine Stock Exchange like Far Eastern University and Centro Escolar University.

Portugal Edit

Main article: Higher education in Portugal

The oldest non-state-run university, the Universidade Católica Portuguesa - UCP (Catholic University of Portugal), a catholic private university (concordatory status) with branches in the cities of Lisbon, Porto, Braga, Viseu, and Caldas da Rainha, was founded before the others, in 1967, and officially recognized in 1971. UCP offers some well-recognized degrees and is reputed for law and business management degrees it awards at its Lisbon and Porto branches. Other degrees awarded by UCP, like biotechnology and dental medicine, amassed increasing success and popularity since the 2000s. After the Carnation Revolution of 1974, in the 1980s and 1990s, a boom of educational private institutions was experienced in Portugal and many private universities started to open. Most private universities had a poor reputation and were known for making it easy for students to enter and also to get high grades. In 2007, several of those private universities or their heirs, were investigated and faced compulsory closing (for example, the infamous Independente University and Internacional University closings, and the Moderna University scandal) or official criticism with recommendations that the state-managed investigation proposed for improving their quality and avoid termination. In the mid-2000s, within the Bologna process, a reorganization of higher education was started which included more stringent regulations for private education and expanded state policies with regard to private education quality assurance and educational accreditation. In general, the private higher education institutions were often considered the schools of last resort for underachieving applicants who didn't score enough points in the admission examinations to enter the main public institutions. Nearly open-admission policies have hurt private universities' reputation and the actual quality of their alumni. Without large endowments like those received, for example, by many US private universities and colleges which are attractive to the best scholars, researchers and students, the private higher education institutions of Portugal, with a few exceptions, do not have neither the financial support nor the academic profile to reach the highest teaching and research standards of the top Portuguese public universities. In addition, the private universities have faced a restrictive lack of collaboration with the major enterprises which, however, have developed fruitful relationships with many public higher education institutions. Most Portuguese private universities specialise in a limited number of fields, most often in the social sciences and humanities.

Sri LankaEdit

In Sri Lanka there are no private universities, however there are several independent institutions that are non-government funded. These mostly provide undergraduate degrees with a limited few proving postgraduate degrees. Efforts to establish Private Universities have been blocked due to protests from state universities' undergraduates and leftist political parties.

However Minister to High Education Mr.S.B.Dissanayaka has emphasized that 15 no's of foreign private Universities and Technical Institues will be established in SriLanka immediatlely and he further mentioned that private education will bring foreign exchange to the Country. He stated these while he was addressing a gathering at Central Provience.

Switzerland Edit

Further to the public Universities in Switzerland, the country is well-known for its high-quality private education system. It starts with Swiss boarding schools which have achieved fame. World-class universities such as the IMD belong to the category of institutions with top rankings.Template:Citation needed For a more complete listing, please consult the List of universities in Switzerland. EDUNIVERSAL Official Selection[10] has four private Business Schools in its rankings:

  1. the IUG
  2. the Peter Lorange Institute of Business (former GSBA)
  3. EDUCATIS University
  4. International University in Geneva (IUG)

Taiwan Edit

In Taiwan (ROC), unlike the United States, private universities are typically not as prestigious as public (national) universities. They typically are not as highly ranked as public institutions, and also cost nearly twice as much. This is due to the testing culture in Taiwan, in which students take a national entrance exam to determine their university qualifications. Thus, those who are unable to test into the national schools (which are the best) are forced to attend private institutions. The famous private university is Fu Jen Catholic University, and the earliest is Tunghai University.

Turkey Edit

In Turkey there are 53 Template:Citation needed private universities. The well known private universities in Turkey are Bahcesehir University, Istanbul Bilgi University, Koc University, Sabanci University and Bilkent University.

United Kingdom Edit

The private university/public university distinction does not fit the United Kingdom university system very well. British universities have institutional autonomy, which is well respected as it has developed over centuries, but in the first half of the 20th century they came to rely on the government for most of their funding. The are three universities which are wholly privately financed: BPP University College, University of Buckingham, and Richmond University. Richmond University does not itself have the power to award UK degrees: for this purpose its degrees are validated by the Open University. New private degree awarding bodies in the UK also include: Ashridge Business School, ISF and the College of Law of England & Wales - all charitable bodies privately funded.

Regent's College in Central London is now also known as a private higher education institution. It is a private, charitable institution and offers American degrees at undergraduate and postgraduate level from Webster University of St. Louis and British degree programmes at all levels which are validated through the Open University and the University of Wales. It situated on a campus in Regent's Park in central London. BPP University College is the UK's only private proprietary University and educates approximately 140,000 students world wide each year.

In the United Kingdom, an institution can only use the title "University" or "University College" if it has been granted by the Privy Council, under the terms of the Further and Higher Education Act 1992.[11] Prior to 1992, these titles were conferred by Royal Charter.

United States Edit

In the U.S., many universities and colleges are private, operated as educational and research nonprofit organizations. While most liberal arts colleges are likewise private, there are also some public liberal arts colleges. Some private universities are closely affiliated with religious organizations (for example, the University of Notre Dame) and some are directly operated by religious organizations (such as Brigham Young University).

Proprietary colleges are also private though they are most often referred to as proprietary colleges to prevent confusion with non-profit private institutions.

Like government-operated institutions, private universities are eligible for educational accreditation, but some private universities (primarily proprietary colleges) lack accreditation (see list of unaccredited institutions of higher learning), and their degrees are not formally recognized.

Legally, private universities may not discriminate, but generally have a somewhat free hand in setting admissions policies. For example, universities in the Ivy League based their selections on many secondary factors other than academic performance, up through the beginning of the 20th century.[12] Since the post WW2-era, however, following in the mold of James Bryant Conant at Harvard, most private universities have made enormous strides in becoming meritocratic. The nation's private institutions now make broad efforts to recruit students from underprivileged backgrounds.

The U.S. system of education has also been transplanted to other countries. Private universities such as the American University in Cairo and the American University of Afghanistan typically offer a liberal arts curriculum to their students.

Tuition fees at private universities tend to be higher than at public universities though many private universities offer financial aid as well.[13]


Since the 1990s a lot of private universities have opened in Vietnam. Hochiminh City Open University was one of the first universities in this category in the higher education system in Vietnam. Typical characteristics of Vietnamese private universities Template:As of are higher (very high in some cases) tuition fees, poor infrastructure, and limited faculty and human resources. The private universities are often named after scholars (Vo Truong Toan University, Nguyen Trai University, Luong The Vinh University, Chu Van An University, Yersin University, Phan Chau Trinh University, etc.), or heroes/legends (Hung Vuong University, Quang Trung University, etc.), although there are exceptions, such as FPT University named after the FPT Group. In Vietnam, there exists the "Semi-private university"; universities in this category can partly receive financial support from the government. Almost private universities have to invite professors and lecturers from the state universities. Many retired lecturers from state-owned universities take up positions in private universities after their retirement.

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  5. Wells, Georgia. (2005) "New Indian university modeled after Stanford." The Stanford Daily, July 27, 2006 [1]
  6. Bill for Vedanta varsity gets legislative seal
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