Education must become part of a global market, urges Clarke
More universities need to establish branches in China, India and other fast-developing countries, Charles Clarke, the Education Secretary, said yesterday. Launching its first "international strategy" for education and skills, the Government announced a package that includes offering foreign languages to all primary school children by 2010, twinning with schools around the world and putting international issues on the curriculum. The global market for international tertiary education is expected to rise from 2.1 million places in 2003 to 5.8 million by 2010, and the UK needed its share of that, Mr Clarke said.
Brown rails against his own academic spin-off tax
A promise from Gordon Brown to remove tax obstacles to university spin-offs left the Opposition fuming yesterday and venture capitalists confused. The Chancellor hinted at a U-turn on a tax rule of 18 months ago that vastly increased taxation on academics who commercialise their research. In The Times on Monday, he wrote: "In the coming pre-Budget report we will make it our business to remove more obstacles to enterprise, such as tax barriers that hold back university spin-off companies from turning research excellence into business success."
Stress levels of academics higher than other professions
A survey of people working in higher education has found that half suffer from high levels of stress, a higher proportion than other occupational groups, including doctors, managers and professional staff. Just under half of respondents - 47 per cent - said they had seriously considered leaving higher education, in the survey of academic and academic-related staff by the Association of University Teachers.
Forgotten part-time students
Did the government forget about more than 850,000 part-timers - some 40 per cent of students - when they published the white paper on higher education lasy year? The debate over top-up fees has focused exclusively on the needs of 18-year-old school-leavers doing full-time degrees
Interview with Laura Tyson, the London Business School's dean - the best-paid university head in the country.