THE number of private universities operating in Africa is growing, and the sector is generating a groundswell of interest among investors. In 1960, there were seven private universities in Africa, according to Olugbemiro Jegede, former secretary-general of the Association of African Universities. By 1990, there were 27, and by 2006, about 22% of student enrolment on the continent was at private institutions.The African Leadership University plans to build 25 universities across Africa in the next 25 — 30 years that will educate 250,000 students at any one time, one of its founders, Fred Swaniker, told the website howwemadeitinafrica.com in December. A campus opened in Mauritius last year and others are to follow in Rwanda and Nigeria.Lancaster University in Ghana is a "branch campus" of the UK institution supported by Trans National Education, which runs a Dubai-based educational foundation. Asheshi University in Ghana, the British University in Egypt and the United States Internati...

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