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Privatization a threat to UK universities: Report

A new report from the executive heads of universities in the UK raises concerns over the growth of private universities worldwide. From The Guardian:

The UK’s state universities may lose out on students and cash as the number of private colleges grows, a study has warned. Universities UK (UUK), the umbrella group for vice-chancellors, today urged universities in this country and across western Europe to be aware of the increased competition they face from the private sector.

In its report – Private universities and public funding: Models and business plans – UUK warns that American companies which run for-profit companies, such as Kaplan Inc or Apollo, are looking to develop their businesses in the UK and in western Europe. In some cases these firms buy state colleges, in others they work with them.

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