Minister urges universities to put courses online
UK universities should invest in online courses if they are to take advantage of a "historic opportunity", according to Universities Minister David Willetts, who said that countries such as India and Indonesia have a soaring demand for university courses – creating a market for the UK's universities – writes Sean Coughlan for the BBC.
But he argued that the scale of demand would need to be met by online courses as well as campus universities. Willetts, speaking at the Guardian Higher Education Summit, told university leaders that online universities were going to be an important part of the global expansion in student numbers.
The minister described as "astounding" the likely rise in demand in Asian countries for university places, driven by demographic and economic changes. But he questioned whether the classic model of a traditional campus university would be able to respond to such a "huge appetite" for higher education. Full report on the BBC site.