Universities from United Kindgom Open Doors to Thai Students

The universities in the United Kingdom are again in the news and for this time for a reason that is positive and probably a result of the first. Earlier, the UK Universities made headlines with the government deciding to hike the tuition fees for all universities in the England, Wales and Northern Ireland regions as an effort towards achieving economic stability out of its enormous debt. The rule was met with a lot of fury from the student unions and the general community with riots breaking out in almost every city. The students demanded a more equitable proposition for an economic crisis that was created out of excessive expenditure on wars rather than education in the UK. Fees were hiked from 3000 pounds to 9000 pounds a year which was simply unaffordable by many students who were literally surviving on temporary and part-time jobs.

However, this time the news comes from the efforts of universities to globalize their brand and move out of the confinement of their national borders as an effort to attract more talent and in the process revive their education portfolio. This effort basically resounds of intent to go towards international students if the students aren’t coming to the universities in UK. The trend has caught up with University of Nottingham setting up a branch in China, University of Central Lancashire opening a branch in collaboration with a Thai-based entrepreneur in Thailand and several others opening departments like medicine etc in south east Asian countries. Besides generating revenue outside the UK, the universities help students from these countries avail an international quality education without having to step outside their own country. The criticism that the move will curtail the student’s international experience has been met with promises of a semester overseas by these universities.

While this is by no means a new branding and outreach method as it has been long practiced by universities in America, the trend seems to be catching up with universities in the UK. While there are encouraging examples, poor admission in these ‘new’ universities is a possibility considering what happened with UNSW from Australia that had to shut down its Singapore branch after a single semester due to low turnout of admissions.

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