DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/w3hr57/further_and) has announced the addition of the "Further & Higher Education 2014" report to their offering.
This Market Update covers the UK further education (FE) and higher education (HE) sectors. This includes all types of colleges and universities, including adult education institutions, specialist colleges and business schools.
The UK is widely regarded as one of the leading providers of education in the world. Its university sector in particular draws bright students from all over the globe. Three UK universities (the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge and the London School of Economics and Political Science [LSE]) have a more or less fixed presence in top ten world rankings, while many others appear in the top 50.
Both sectors have undergone many changes in recent years, including funding cuts and significant hikes in the cost of learning. This includes the capping of the cost of a typical undergraduate degree at £9,000 per year (previously £3,290). The cost of certain FE courses, for students aged 24 and over, has also risen. Most students affected by these changes are eligible for loans, although the prospect of starting working life with a large debt has pushed some students towards other learning options, such as apprenticeships. Distance learning is also becoming more popular.
The UK's FE and HE sectors are likely to change even more as they attempt to navigate the challenges and changes that the last few years have thrown up. Universities must consider how they will meet the expectations of students now paying considerably more than their predecessors and how they will maintain their global reputations.
The authors predicts that the number of students engaging in FE courses will decrease over the next 5 years, but that the number of people enrolling on HE courses will grow, despite the costs. A key strength of the education sector is that it will always be in demand, no matter how much its services cost.
Key Topics Covered:
Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats
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