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MG1011B INTRODUCTION TO MANAGEMENT ENQUIRY The Down the U.S. Route is an article based on universities funding problems. Universities are under funded and don't have enough resources to provide for their students. British universities depend on government support. However Cambridge and Oxford have financial support this also integrates with Harvard as they have billions of funds. Other countries are able to hire specialists to lecture their students whereas British universities are unable to. British universities will fall behind if they don't improve their universities as the government is not prepared to give money because they believe it won't be money well spent. Blair made a point, ''every university has a right to set their fees''. Good universities attract intelligent students. As stated in page 3 in the first paragraph the government will not support higher education. As no modern government can fund for universities. This is because Blair has limited the amount of money to fund. ...read more.


Universities face new challenges as the university of Liverpool admits, '' admissions departments and strategists are waiting to see if the advent of variable fees will make some courses more economic to run than others. As today the subjects which are most popular demand are health, social work and other public-sector linked vocational study because of the overflowing demand. Thames Valley University clearly outlines that '' The big trend now is for work-based learning... The new fees will force the trend even further in this direction because faced with getting hugely into debt or starting work and getting a degree at the same time, more and more are bound to choose the latter''. During the end of the First World War, universities had turned to the government for help following a financial crisis caused by inflation and a war induced drop in fee-paying students. The average income per student is �4,000, but educating that student costs around �10,000 or more at Oxford and Cambridge, this results as a huge loss. ...read more.


The university funding Legislation will change due to the new policy stated by the government as the government wants towards 50% of people fewer than 30 in higher education by 2010. Families earning less than �30,000 would get help with the first �1,100. As a result families earning under �10,000 will receive �1,000 a year. A Department for Education and Skills (DfES) spokesman said putting off ''difficult choices'' would not help universities get the extra funding they need to thrive. '' If we don't address these tough issues and make choices, in the long term, the loser will be the British economy,'' he said. (BBC News 2003) Education secretary Damian Green called for tuition fees to be scrapped altogether. For that reason, I consider that the government should not change their principles in terms of the increase in tuition fees annually. Furthermore I think universities on a whole need to maintain their standards and reputation so that the government are able to support the teachers and students financially. ...read more.

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