A university system is a set of multiple affiliated universities and colleges that are usually geographically distributed. Typically, all member universities in a university system share a common component among all of their various names. Usually, all member universities of a university system are governed by a system-wide governing body, such as a board of trustees or a board of regents. In the United States, many states have one or two state university systems under which many of their publicly funded universities are aligned, both in name and in governance. Additionally, for-profit universities, such as DeVry University, often have multiple campuses which share the same name; these may be, but are not always, described as a university system.

In Canada, university system usually refers to the collection of all universities within a jurisdiction, as distinguished from other post-secondary institutions. Used as a point of comparison, it may refer to the universities within a province or within a country.[1] In the UK, university system has been used to refer to the policy and practise of integrated administration and infrastructure of the universities within the country.[2]

In the Philippines, university system is a title granted by the Commission on Higher Education to a private or public higher education institution after complying certain requirements. The commission defines university system as an organized academic entity composed of separate but interrelated units, at least one of which has university level status. A single governing board is responsible for the formulation of system-wide policies and programs. A university system has its own system administration headed by a chief executive officer. Its function is to coordinate and integrate system-wide functions and activities. Each constituent unit has its own chief executive officer to whom broad powers is delegated by the governing board for the organization and operation of the constituent unit.[3]

In Vietnam, university systems consist of many member institutions, with each institution equivalent to a regular specialized university. Vietnam currently exists 6 university systems, each university system divided into many member universities, member schools or member institutes specializing in training and researching a specific group of disciplines to create their own strengths. The head of a university system is called a president, and the head of a member university is called a rector.

List of university systems



IIT Roorkee, one of 23 Indian Institutes of Technology











United Kingdom

Northern Ireland

South America


North America



Puerto Rico

United States

See also: State university system in the United States

The University of California system is a prestigious public university system[6]

See also


  1. ^ Wells, Paul (2004-09-06). "Canada's University System Ailing". Macleans. Archived from the original on 2008-02-05. Retrieved 2007-06-21.
  2. ^ Shattock, Michael (1997). The Creation of a University System. Blackwell. ISBN 0-631-20300-1.
  3. ^ CHED Memorandum Order No. 8 Series of 2003 issued by the Commission on Higher Education of the Republic of the Philippines.
  4. ^ "Sistema Universitario Ana G. Méndez". Archived from the original on 2000-08-17.
  5. ^ "Universidad de Puerto Rico – Administración Central".
  6. ^ "Academic Ranking of World Universities". Shanghai Ranking Consultancy. 2020. Retrieved October 15, 2020.
  7. ^ "The Army Establishes The Army University".