Letter: Higher education on the cheap

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Sir: I have just returned from a visit to Taiwan, Malaysia and Singapore in connection with validation of University of Wales degrees.

British universities are held in very high regard in Asia and elsewhere. This is reflected in the numbers of students who take courses here. Our export earnings are substantial.

On two occasions during my visit I was dismayed to be told that the twin problems of underfunding and very high student numbers are now known throughout the world. This knowledge can only serve to discourage students from coming here. Funding restrictions are simply false economies.


Senior Lecturer

Cardiff Business School

University of Wales, Cardiff