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Over the years one has mostly witnessed the prestigious UK Universities setting up base in various parts of the world. Students studying in their home country based UK education institutes are quite common. But over the years, there has been an upsurge in the international universities opening their education institutions in UK. This country has been dominated by state funded/public universities. These public universities in UK became more powerful in 1988 when Education Reform Act abolished all domestic private universities of UK. All except for one i.e. University of Buckingham located in Buckingham, England. Although the law did allow the legal presence of degree granting authorized international universities in UK.

Initially people used to shy away from the name private education institute and if it is international then more reason to avoid it. It is mainly due to the monopoly of state run universities of UK which award internationally recognized UK University degrees. But now the tide is changing and it can very well be witnessed through various international institutes like worldwide famous Limkokwing University of Creative Technology, Hult, AIU [American Intercontinental University] and now Amity Global Business School which has opened in London in partnership with Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge.

This new trend of opening an international education institute in partnership with a renowned UK University is also catching up in UK which one can witness in University of Wales granting degrees to London School of Commerce. With much lower fees than universities, one might think that these international private universities in UK might eat up into the business of universities including those in partnership with these private institutes.

The budding partnership between Anglia Ruskin University and Amity Global Business School in London however tells a different story. According to Anglia Ruskin University, there is no chance of their business getting affected at all as they are hoping to tap in the London international student population through Amity. The price difference between the two i.e. £7,800 pa or Amity and £11,000 pa for Anglia Ruskin University too makes a major point in favour of international university degrees in UK.

Another mentionable thing is that due to the recent cap put on the admission of international students in 2008, there is urgent need for various international universities to accommodate the growing demand for UK degrees. The future looks bright for international students with the arrival of international university degrees in UK!

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Just One Private University In UK-Is There Scope For More?

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Have you ever wondered about the higher education system of UK? Or more particularly, have you ever wondered about the world famous universities of UK offering internationally recognised degrees? Why are all of them state funded? Why is the private sector missing from the UK education scene spare the University of Buckingham which is the only private university of UK? Well, some of these questions can find answers easily in the following given facts

• In the wake of 1988 Education Reform Act, all domestic private universities of UK were abolished.
• The only exception was University of Buckingham who was allowed to operate independently. As a matter of fact this private university of UK was also granted Royal Charter by Queen in 1983.

Although the government might have cancelled the operation of domestic private universities, it did grant permission to degree granting authorized education institutions from abroad to operate legally in UK. But reputation of privately run universities and institutes has not been that good so far. As a matter of fact, certain characteristics of these UK private universities like under qualified faculty, absence of efficient resource availability and nil value diplomas are considered to be the main elements in maligning the reputation of UK based private institutes.

But that was all before UK Border Agency stepped in and cleared out the space for creamy layer of international private universities willing to set up in UK. some examples are Limkokwing University of Creative Technology, Richmond ‘The American Intercontinental University’ and Amity Global Business School. The recent caps put on the admission of international students in 2008 by UK universities left more than 50,000 students in the lurch. For such students finding a seat in the privately run institutes in UK is a much better option. Also, the expected fee hike in UK universities has also tilted scales in favour of private education institutes which charge affordable amount. For example, Amity London branch that charges only £7,800 as compared to its partner Anglia Ruskin University in Canbridge whose normal fees is £11,000 a year!

This rising trend of international private universities in UK can be seen as a basis for more domestic privately run institutes and universities like University of Buckingham which incidentally was awarded the 48th place in Sunday Times University Guide 2010 for higher education. With talks of Oxford University going private for more independence and less dependency on state funds, the future is looking bright for private Universities in UK. An international student as well as a home student can hope to study in UK at affordable costs!

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