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CAUT Bulletin Archives

March 2000

Cracking Down on Private Education

The South African government has moved to close for-profit courses offered by foreign universities through local institutions. Kadar Asmal, the minister of education, has told the country's public institutions to "terminate these relationships." Asmal has also indicated he will tighten regulations on foreign universities setting up campuses in South Africa. In the face of threats he was violating World Trade Organization rules, Asmal said his government is not against foreign universities operating on mutually and culturally beneficial grounds. But, he added, "What we seek to avoid is invasion by overseas universities with profit-making aims, which is killing our local institutions."