Dire economic warning for UK universities

According to this post, “established UK universities will go out of business within the next 10 years unless they adapt to survive an era of intense pressure driven by globalisation, technology, rising student expectations, and competition for funding, a report has warned.” The most interesting conclusion of the article is that universities need to specialize, arguing that “increased competition from privately funded research and free online courses mean the traditional university with a range of degrees and modestly effective research has had its day.’  Given the increasing cuts to more generalist programs in the arts and social sciences, studies such as these don’t bode well for the model of the all-rounded scholar upon which so many of our universities have been founded.



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