How 'Brexit' could impact higher education
- Possible secession from the European Union could mean financial losses and reduced student access to higher education in Great Britain.
- Institutions could raise student fees, but grant more access to domestic students with the loss of EU students in secession.
- New immigration policies could dramatically reduce exchange, research capacity in British institutions, which would harm the domestic economy.
The concern about higher ed implications in a potential Great Britain departure from the European Union extends beyond the financial and human capital picture for the country. Officials in the United Kingdom fear an increase in the demand for English-speaking teachers across the globe will drain the country of qualified instructors in domestic classrooms.
International schools are offering free education, higher salaries to recruit teachers for globalized course instruction in other nations. Some organizations predict that the number of international schools will double over the next 10 years.
For other countries, this could provide a short-term boost in adding faculty and student talent from the U.K. to campuses worldwide, and it perfectly suits the need for countries like Australia working to meet dramatic increases in student demand for higher education.
- Inside Higher Ed The Brexit challenge to universities