In terms of South African law, private higher education institutions (usually called colleges) are not allowed to call themselves universities even though they can offer all of the same qualifications, including degrees. The real difference is that:
- universities are government subsidised while private colleges are not. The qualifications are equally registered and accredited so the recognition is the same.
- Private colleges generally pride themselves on smaller classes providing better access to staff and support.
Source: Oxford University Press
Dr Felicity Coughlan, Director of The Independent Institute of Education, SA’s largest private higher education provider. Private higher education is…