Universities are globally recognized as institutions for higher learning. As the name suggests, universities offer universally accepted education and academic programs. This ensures that the imparted academic knowledge is relevant to all the enrolled students regardless of their country of origin. Generally, universities are founded on specific models. However, the adopted university models are heavily dependent on the environment or context within which the institution is operating from. Consequently, aspects such as educational demands, institutional and societal culture, and changes within the environment profoundly influence the general model of a university. Additionally, the overriding social ideologies of the society within which the institution is established also impact heavily on the university model that institutions in the region are likely to adopt. Nevertheless, there is a general tendency for institutions of higher learning to emulate the existing university models or adopt slightly modified versions of university models from other regions CITATION Reb11 l 1033 (Wells & Wells, 2011)