Higher education in the EU: Approaches, issues and trends | European Parliamentary Research Service

Ahead of the UK election, this detailed article on education from the European Parliamentary Research Service is a recommended read. Be sure to open the link to the full research paper  from the graphical summary. Check it out!

via Higher education in the EU: Approaches, issues and trends | European Parliamentary Research Service.

The article reminded me that higher education is a global business, with international bench-marks and a global client-base. Top quality higher education is vital for countries to compete effectively in increasingly knowledge-based economies.

If you look carefully, the UK record compared to international benchmarks was disappointing. Under the previous Labour Governments there was a large increase in the number of people entering higher education – this affected quality and funding.

The UK needs an education strategy that dovetails with an industry strategy and a business-focused approach to gain market-share of the global education market.


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  1. The UK is lagging behind 43 other countries when it comes to state education between age 5 and age 18 and even in higher education Oxford and Cambridge have been overtaken by Harvard.

    As Dr Alf suggests, we need to align our education system with industrial policy.

    I would go much further and adopt the Singaporean system, whereby only the brightest and best go to university, based on a rigorous GMAT test, and an interview rather than the nonsense of “predicted grades.

    Secondly, university places would be calculated based on the number of engineers, scientists, chemists, biologists, technologists, doctors, head teachers, researchers and key people the country needed with a small factor to cover for dropouts. This would be done for 5 years at a time and adjusted each year.

    People who wanted to study subjects like media studies or animal husbandry or anything else of no economic value to the country would be directed to study overseas or study on their own time and at their own expense.

    We really cannot afford the luxury of studying or learning for its own sake, and the plethora of useless degrees and courses which do not lead to employment or optimized employability should be scrapped.

    All university education and the period between school and work should be preceded by 2 years of National Service in the military to inculcate discipline, mental toughness and personal effectiveness in both boys and girls. As an example, in Israel, young men spend three years and young women two years in national service – during this period they learn core skills and are often seconded to public service activities.

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