Based on an empirical, qualitative investigation, the study builds a systematic picture of two distinct sub-sectors within private provision and uses this as a basis for understanding the potentially complementary or competitive role of private institutions in the sector as a whole. This analysis prompts a re-examination of the distinction between the private and the public, between complementarity and competition, and points to ways of engaging the two sub-sectors so as to promote national skills development. This book is essential reading for anyone involved in higher education.
1. The conceptual and empirical approach
2. Tracing origins and history
3. Exploring demand: contemporary vision and identity
4. Exploring student demand
5. Engaging with the dimensions of finance and governance
6. Engaging with private sub-sectors