For-profit higher education – follow the monopoly money

BPP University College ( has enrolled 5000 people in the UK this year. Western International University ( is a leading for-profit in the US expanding into Europe, Asia, and South America. Both are owned by the same parent company, Apollo Global ( Apollo Global is also the parent of the University of Phoenix ( Apollo is, in turn substantially owned by the Carlyle Group ( Carlyle also owns the Wall Street Institute (, “…the premier source for English [language] instruction for individuals and corporate clients around the world.” Carlyle is a very large venture capital group, with a particular focus for it’s investments. Carlyle’s mission is to increase private participation in the delivery of public sector services: healthcare, education and the military. Carlyle works at a high political level. Their Board has included many leading (former) government figures ( BPP’s curriculum is focused on Accountancy and Law. WIU’s curriculum is focused on management, finance and organisational psychology. Phoenix’s curriculum is focused on administration, teacher training and nurse training. I wonder what the covert curriculum is in all this?

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