The Program for Research on Private Higher Education
Dedicated to Building Knowledge about Private Higher Education around the World
IHE Winter 2008

Private Higher Education: Patterns and Trends


Levy, Daniel. Private Higher Education: Patterns and Trends. Winter 2008.

Now virtually all the world's regions have private higher education in the large majority of their countries and pre-existing private sectors have grown strikingly. Only with the 1989 fall of communism did private higher education emerge in modern eastern and central Europe and it spread like wild fire in the first half of the 1990s. Private institutions (old and new) continue to be overwhelmingly financed privately (tuition and fees), more hierarchical governance, and mostly in commercial areas. The growth of for–profit sectors are notable. The development of “semi-elite” private institutions, while majorities are demand-absorbing, are the trend.

Date Published:
Mar 2008