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The new regulatory framework for universities will have “an unflinching focus” on students but not reduce English higher education to a “crude transaction between buyer and seller” said Sir Michael Barber as the government published a 181-page consultation report on its proposals.
Tuition fees should be capped at as low as £5,000 and the interest rate on student loans lowered to match inflation levels, according to a report published by the free-market think tank the Centre for Policy Studies.
The Higher Education Statistics Agency has published the specification of student data to be returned by higher education providers from the 2019/20 academic year. The release represents the biggest change to the way student data is collected since the Cheltenham agency’s first data collection in 1994.
A new UK-China Strategic Framework in Education agreement signed by UK universities minister Jo Johnson and China’s Minister of Education Yuan Guiren will see the two countries working more closely together on academic research, student exchanges, and the creation of new institutions.
A total of 23 education agreements were signed at the 8th UK-China Education Summit in London, paving the way for expanding collaboration across higher, vocational and school education, and to work closely together in sports education.
Agreements were signed to increase exchanges among researchers in the UK and China and to build their skills to enable further collaborations.
Jo Johnson commented: "Our relationship with China is entering a new phase of scientific and educational collaboration on an unprecedented scale. Our agreement will bring researchers together to address global challenges, change the lives of young people through better access to sports, and build partnerships across school, vocational and higher education to provide students in both countries with the right skills to become the leaders of the future."
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