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Education in UK loves tiptoeing through and away conventional trends. Ironically, not much change (of the good kind) is happening. Moody, a ratings agency, had just released its forecast regarding the effect of removing admission caps from Universities.
The gloom is set to darken the future of regional universities.
“The removal of the cap on individual universities enrolling undergraduates from 2015 will allow some universities to thrive and recruit in greater numbers, according to Moody’s. The losers, however, will be regional Institutions such as Leicester’s De Montfort University, which Moody’s says ‘are most likely to struggle given their high dependence on domestic students and often lower market recognition.’” The Guardian
Wow, just wow. And there I was – thinking reflecting how attitudes concerning our youth’s choices and perspectives have changed. This forecast shows it really hasn’t move an inch from the traditional idea.
In fact, it strengthened the notion: which if one is to ever enrol for Higher Education, one opts for the oversubscribed institution. Really?
It’s obviously a sad reality: higher education in UK is solely represented by elite institutions, and not by the number of good options – particularly, those supported by location. Because Regional Institutions are established entities that ought to cover the educational and skills development needs of its immediate youth demographic.
Another thing which I find really, really difficult is this obsession on competition and quality. Yes, people, be it parents, students, academics, or administrators, seem to equate the two. It’s like, if this institution (elite or on-the-capital universities) is renowned for its high calibre, competitive entry is natural.
And yes, that sounds very logical. Unfortunately, this trend heavily influences prospective students’ choices. In fact, these students, who are facing a not-so-sunny-employment prospects (as if student debt and costs aren’t enough), do themselves a great disservice.
When they continue to let these oversubscribed institutions lure them, they inadvertently restrict their choices. The notion of entering universities for learning is eroding, dying, and approaching extinction.
Soon, everyone is about skills that employ them; not necessarily about skills or knowledge that opts to extinguish their insatiable quest for meaning.
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