UK universities are shifting attention from their traditional role of educating home students towards private and international provision, according to a survey of vice-chancellors and administrative heads.
The Quiet Revolution: How Strategic Partnerships and Alliances are Reshaping the Higher Education System, a report by PA Consulting Group, has found that 42 per cent of institutions have “substantial” arrangements with private education companies.
Mike Boxall, co-author of the report, said that while universities were not looking to “walk away from public higher education”, they were concentrating their business development on international activity and private education.
“What’s happening is that universities are quietly getting on with new partnerships that are allowing them to grow their non-traditional business,” he said.
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