An author of a report on international
higher education has questioned whether UK universities can remain
world leaders without more
A report for Universitas 21 has rated the UK 10th best
at providing higher education in a ranking of 48 countries. The
study placed the UK second for university research and teaching,
yet 27th for spending on higher education. Universities
UK did say that many other established ranking reports placed the
UK education system second to top.
Professor Ross, of University of Melbourne,
told BBC News: "The model is that if you want to maintain high
output you must maintain high resource levels.
"Think of all the extra resources that are
going to higher education in East Asian countries. You are going to
have to put in more resources even to maintain your rankings."
The analysis by Universitas 21 put the United
States top followed by Sweden, Canada, Finland and Denmark. The UK
was ranked 10th overall despite coming only second to
the United States based on strength of universities themselves.
Many under graduates will want guarantees from universities
that the lack of funding won’t affect teaching or university
campuses as they’re starting to pay inflated prices of £9,000 a
Universities UK Chief executive Nicola
Dandridge said: "League tables cannot tell the whole story... and
positions will vary from one table to the next, depending on the
selection of criteria and methodology used.
"Based on measures of output and efficiency,
the UK remains the second strongest university system in the world
after the US.
"It attracts more overseas students per capita
than the majority of major higher education systems, and it remains
one of the world's leading research powers measured by total
publications and citations.
"However, we continue to spend less as a
percentage of GDP than the average of OECD countries.
"We should remain acutely aware that other
countries are investing more than the UK and that our reputation as
a world-class provider of higher education is not a foregone