Wednesday, June 22, 2011

University of Wales

Britain's Universities have a very high reputation overseas (presumably because when Johnny Foreigner thinks about them, he has the dreaming spires of Oxford and Cambridge in mind, rather than some of the comedy institutions recently set up.)

However if we follow the University of Wales' lead and keep on 'externally validating' degrees from Bible Colleges and Bangkok Massage Parlours, then our image will change from Rolls Royce to Austin Allegro faster than you can say 'Simon Le Bon'.

I love the bit in the BBC article where the bloke from the University of Wales who was sent out to Bangkok to have a look around, says he can't even remember being there! It certainly is an amazing city.

It makes you wonder how many other dubious institutions are having their 'Degrees' approved by British Unis. I might make an FOI request for a list... (or better still, set up a college somewhere exotic).

3 comments:

jaljen said...

Wrong. You should set up your own college and charge fortunes for bogus enrolment and qualification. If UK Border Force programmes are amything to go by.....

English Pensioner said...

Which is presumably why a number of friends have children/grandchildren either at, or seeking places at non-UK universities. They take the view that they will be seeking jobs in the world market and it is reasonable to seek a university on the same basis. One who is studying computer science (in English) at a Dutch university considers the course to be internationally recognised as being better than any equivalent UK course and also cheaper!

Our universities need to appreciate that with the high fees, education is now a competitive business and thinking students want the best that they can get.

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