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!
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.