Commercialisation of higher education: Why do I need to pay for someone else’s studies?
Studying at the university might be one of the most important part of an individual’s life, so let’s analyse how we perceive andragogy in certain countries.
Commercialization of adult education sparked numerous debates in recent years. Professor Sir Keith Burnett of University of Sheffield in UK stresses “How can we built a country which can thrive economically outside the EU?” He also claims that while the tuition fees for universities have surged, many talented students from around the world are put off by the UK education system, and therefore choose to study engineering and various crucial sciences elsewhere.
While the UK offers the world’s top-rated education facilities and scholarships, individual fees are rapidly expanding due to the commercialised policy for higher education.
bring rapid expansion and hefty individual fees borne by students and paid for by loans. Therefore, if you are a student, or the parent of one, you may reconsider fearing consequences.
While some countries such as the UK, raise the universities tuitions every year, other European countries, such as Norway, Sweden, Finland, choose a non-commercial approach for higher education. As long as the student is proficient in their language or at least in English, they are welcome to study in one of the four Nordic nations for free, including external students from any part of the world.
Yet, the debate holds on the question of taxpayers of why should they pay for someone else’s benefit or even whim? As the salary of graduates and postgraduates increase, over the lifetime, the fees will eventually be paid back. Simultaneously, society will also benefit from the increased taxes they pay. Evidently, there is a need for a more highly-skilled workforce in the UK’s economy.
Understanding how this issue affects the UK politics and economy is challenging, as many people question the willingness to pay for international students when the UK is already struggling to afford the NHS.
Similarly, in the US, higher fees and greater student choice is still leaving the country short of many skills its industry needs. As the Clinton administration suggested to make the education free, there is still a big hold-off in implementing such doctrine.
It is no use talking about capitalism working for everyone if you are sewing off the bottom rugs of the ladder. This is not only an idealistic leftie dream, but de-commercialising education may prove to bring economic prosperity on the long-term.
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Written by Andrej Sagaidak