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Branding Private Universities in Africa: An unexplored territory

Branding Private Universities in Africa: An unexplored territory

Mogaji, Emmanuel ORCID: 0000-0003-0544-4842 (2019) Branding Private Universities in Africa: An unexplored territory. [Working Paper] (doi:https://doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3457571)

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Abstract

Taking into consideration the competition and the privatisation drive within the higher education sector, branding becomes an essential element to distinguish the Universities and offer a competitive advantage. This paper made effort to explore the brand identities of private Universities in Africa. The study examines the brand names and brand logos as elements of the Universities’ brand identity. The study highlighted various naming nomenclature of private Universities and the trends in their logos were observed and reported. Integration of these identities on the Universities’ websites, social media and print media were also examined. While the University has a brand identity, it is expected that it should be integrated effectively across board however this was not found to be so in some of these media. Especially on social media whereby there is little evidence of content creation strategy to engage with stakeholders, especially with prospective students who are interested in knowing more about the University. The paper identifies common trends and practises with implication on the overall branding strategy of the Universities. The current study seeks to shed light on the branding practises of Private Universities in African and provides recommendations on improving their brands positioning.

Item Type: Working Paper
Uncontrolled Keywords: branding, brand integration, African, universities, private universities, social media, website, prospectus
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Department of Marketing, Events & Tourism
Last Modified: 06 Dec 2019 11:35
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/26159

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