University Fees for Higher Education
- Find a text on university fees in the country of your choice and paste it below, in part 1. Then, read the two texts and highlight the main points.
University fees in England
|Text 2 (paste your text below):|
“University tuition fees in England will rise to £9,250 per year from 2017 and the increase could apply to students who have already started courses. The inflation-linked rise represents a 2.8% increase and if that continued would mean fees rising above £10,000 in the next few years. Universities face the dilemma that under consumer protection requirements they will need to announce the £9,250 fee before the beginning of the next application cycle in early September. However, until formally changed by Parliament, universities are not allowed to charge a fee higher than £9,000, which is the current limit.
The government says the increase can apply to students who have already begun courses - but this will depend on the terms of student contracts in individual universities. The fees will increase in subsequent years. Royal Holloway and the University of Kent have to still to decide on whether to charge higher fees for current students, but expect to apply them to new students starting in 2017, if the fee limit increase goes ahead. The University of Surrey will not increase fees for its current undergraduates, but fees will increase each year for students starting in 2017.
Universities minister Jo Johnson has published a statement setting out plans to link higher fees to better teaching. Liberal Democrat university spokeswoman Baroness Lorely Burt said: "Linking fees to teaching quality in this way is unacceptable. Enabling any university that scrapes a 'meet expectations' rating to increase fees by 2.8% shows that this isn't about teaching quality at all. If universities need further support then let's have a proper discussion about where that money comes from, rather than pretending that this is somehow a quid pro quo for providing the quality of teaching students should already be able to expect". Sir Peter Lampl, chairman of the Sutton Trust education charity, said the fee increase will add to student debts that we have shown to be by far the highest in the English-speaking world. A real concern is that the removal of maintenance grants will almost certainly deter poorer students, who now face debts of over £50,000 on graduation”.
From: Coughlan, S. (2017). University tuition fees rise to £9,250 for current students –BBC News. [online] BBC News. Available at:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-36856026 [Accessed 19 Jan. 2017].
From autumn next year, international students will pay €1,500 per semester as part of a bid to reduce Germany’s €48m higher education deficit
Students from outside the European Union will soon have to pay to attend universities in south-west Germany, where until now, courses have been free.
Tuition fees were scrapped in Baden-Württemberg state in 2011, and universities became free from cost in all German states by 2014.
But despite promising not to introduce general fees earlier this year, the Baden-Württemberg state government has announced the reintroduction of tuition fees to international students from autumn 2017.
The change comes as part of efforts to reduce debt in the country, with the higher education ministry admitting it can no longer afford to provide free education to all.
Once Britain leaves the EU, UK students taking up places in a number of German institutions, including the University of Stuttgart and the University of Heidelberg, will be required to pay fees of €1,500 (£1,256) per semester.
For a second degree, students will be asked to pay a reduced fee of €650 (£544) per semester.
It is believed this cost could be extended across the rest of Germany in the coming years.
A spokeswoman from the University of Konstanz told The Independent: “While the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Education and Research has to do its part in reducing costs, it also wants to avoid drastically damaging the reputation and growth of science and research at state universities along with their high student numbers.”
he explained: “The coalition agreement between the ruling Grünen (Green) and CDU (Christian Democratic Union) parties in the state of Baden-Württemberg prohibits general tuition fees at universities.”
According to Germany’s higher education minister, the department must fill a funding gap of around €48m (£40.2m) next year.
2.Make some notes of the most important points, using your own words, in part 2 below.
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- Answer the question in part 3 below, using your notes.
|What are the similarities and differences between universities in England and……germany…………………….in relation to tuition fees? Why are they important?|
Universities in England and Germany differs in their structure of fees. As educational systems of Europe they have some similar traits but the differences are stark. The differences can be summed up as following:
As far as Germany and UK are concerned the fee structure of the universities differ largely from one another and it does not have any similarity. The major reason for such difference is the decision of German government of abolishing the tution fees from the higher education where as UK is one of the countries which charges high university fees as most of the universities in the country is private. It is important to understand the key factors that create such disparity in the education system. The fees structure of the universities of a country depends on the economic condition of the country.
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