The best future your money can buy!

University Inc. is not real. However, this is not far from the reality in many countries. Increasing commercialization of higher education causes inequality, has a negative impact on the quality of education and is a threat to independent research. Education is a right, not a commodity.




Rapid Growth

The share of private institutions in tertiary enrolment is growing rapidly in low and middle-income countries. In Nepal, it grew by 38 percentage points between 2000 and 2015, followed closely by Burundi and Rwanda, where private institutions now account for two in three students


Low quality

In Indonesia in 2016, 3,422 of 4,274 higher education institutions were not accredited, implying that three-quarters of graduates earned illegitimate diplomas.


Big business

In Brazil, 10 for-profit higher education chains educate one-third of the country’s students, nearly doubling their reach in the last five years.



Only 19 % of students in South Africa received governmental support in form of loans and stipends in the academic year 2014/15  targeting the most marginalized, leading to higher education only being financially accessible to the wealthiest and the poorest students, and leaving out the “missing middle”.

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“Higher education in Colombia is dominated by private actors. 70% of universities are private and the rest are public. There are two types of private actors – a few elite institutions and really bad private ones where people who can’t pay as much go”.

Piedad Ortega (ASPU – Union for lecturers in Colombia)

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Over the last years, higher education in Zimbabwe has been commercialized. Even state institutions, which are supposed to be free and accessible for everyone, are charging high fees. Many people finish their studies after 6 or 8 years, as many fail to pay a certain semester or a certain year”.

Samuel Gwenzu (ZINASU – Zimbabwean Students Union)


Campaign demands in Norway:

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Increased focus on access to quality higher education in Norwegian development policy.

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Increased spending on higher education through initiatives where Norway already are involved (NORHED, NORPART, NORGLOBAL-2).

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15% of the funds for development cooperation from Norway should be earmarked to education by 2020.