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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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