British universities ‘make £2bn selling degrees abroad’

UK“Universities are earning an estimated £2 billion a year by awarding degrees to hundreds of thousands of students, most of whom never set foot in Britain. Universities with satellite campuses in China, Malaysia and the Middle East are increasingly relying on the income gained in exchange for a degree with a British cachet. The first figures to reveal the scale of the phenomenon, from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), showed 196,640 students study at branches of British universities located abroad including Nottingham, Bolton, Middlesex and Heriot-Watt …” (more)

[Joanna Sugden, Times, 25 September]

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