Public by Day, Private by Night: examining the private lives of Kenya's public universities
Article first published online: 21 MAY 2012
© 2012 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
European Journal of Education
Special Issue: The Privatisation of Higher Education: comparative perspectives
Volume 47, Issue 2, pages 213–227, June 2012
How to Cite
Wangenge-Ouma, G. (2012), Public by Day, Private by Night: examining the private lives of Kenya's public universities. European Journal of Education, 47: 213–227. doi: 10.1111/j.1465-3435.2012.01519.x
- Issue published online: 21 MAY 2012
- Article first published online: 21 MAY 2012
- market steering;
- public universities;
- resource dependence;
- state control
This article examines the emergence of the public university in Kenya as a key provider of private higher education, characterised mainly by the phenomenon of the “private public university student.” It probes the broader socio-economic reforms circumscribing the privatisation of Kenya's public universities and the local and global forces responsible for these reforms. From the enrolment patterns of Kenya's public universities, where state-subsidised students are becoming a diminishing minority and where a range of exclusive programmes for private students (mainly taught in the evenings) are a growing trend, it may be argued that a new kind of private university is emerging; namely, private universities owned by public universities.