The 21st century has witnessed an explosion of new private universities across the globe in response to rising demands and increasing rates of secondary school completion. However, there is virtually no research on these startup universities and no existing model to explain their typical trajectories in terms of their development. This study examines the development paths of recently founded startup universities in Asia and Africa. The study selected 10 universities in these regions, based on their private status and founding after 2000. The method used was document analysis of case study university websites. A comparison of different development paths and their advantages and disadvantages are shared. In a world of steep competition in higher education and dwindling public funds, this study is significant in demonstrating effective ways of navigating the start of new institutions and their sustainability. This research will be useful for startup universities and higher education policymakers of higher education institutions.
Takako Mino, Ashesi University, Ghana