Private providers want to use 'university' in their titles. I'm counselling caution, and explaining what makes universities special. A sample:
What defines the modern university is research. All universities teach, but this is refined and enriched by research: high-level investigation, analysis, synthesis, interpretation. In short, the facts and opinions are continually invigorated. Like fish, they stink if they're not kept fresh.
Research, in turn, is grounded in teaching: in interaction with students, researchers must distil and defend their ideas. The task of the university, as philosopher and mathematician Alfred North Whitehead put it, is to weld together imagination and experience. This also happens between colleagues, within and between disciplines: narrow specialisation is overcome with the aid of peers and traditions.(Photo: Mastronarde)