‘The LMU case can hap­pen here too’

Vis­i­tors at the Ed­u­ca­tion UK fair had var­i­ous rea­sons for tak­ing an in­ter­est in this study des­ti­na­tion

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - HT Education - - Front Page - Aan­chal Bedi

Many In­dian higher ed­u­ca­tion as­pi­rants are still en­thu­si­as­tic about study­ing in Bri­tain. Vis­i­tors at the Ed­u­ca­tion UK ex­hi­bi­tion in New Delhi had var­i­ous rea­sons for look­ing at this ma­jor study des­ti­na­tion de­spite the highly trusted Lon­don Met­ro­pol­i­tan Univer­sity (LMU) gar­ner­ing pub­lic­ity for all the wrong rea­sons just a few months ago. The univer­sity has been charged for breach­ing im­mi­gra­tion con­trol re­quire­ments. It won’t be able to re­cruit a fresh wave of stu­dents in Jan­uary un­til the mat­ter has been set­tled legally.

Ac­cord­ing to Kriti Aggarwal, a stu­dent, UK is among one of the world’s thriv­ing higher ed­u­ca­tion sec­tors and Lon­don be­ing a global city is the rea­son why she wants to study there. “I am con­sid­er­ing col­leges like the Lon­don School of Eco­nom­ics which are recog­nised for their cour­ses.”

An­other stu­dent, Gyan Kotharia, said, “I am choos­ing UK for higher stud­ies be­cause the univer­si­ties have many in­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary study cour­ses to of­fer. I am do­ing a lot of re­search work be­fore I nar­row down on any in­sti­tute which suits my re­quire­ments.

Also, pro­fes­sion­als who want to en­hance their skills and widen their hori­zons con­sider UK as an op­tion for fur­ther stud­ies. Kirti, who works with a Delhi-based bank, said, “What hap­pened with Lon­don Met Univer­sity hap­pens in In­dia and other coun­tries too. One can’t put the en­tire blame on the univer­sity, stu­dents are also at fault.”

While some del­e­gates said that Lon­don Met Univer­sity’s case would have a neg­a­tive im­pact on other univer­si­ties, oth­ers pointed to the sil­ver lin­ing in the dark cloud. “Qual­ity check is very im­por­tant. With this case, the government will learn a les­son and make sure that ed­u­ca­tion doesn’t be­come a com­mer­cial busi­ness. With fake in­sti­tu­tions be­ing shut down, gen­uine univer­si­ties will get a chance to come for­ward and main­tain the UK’s rep­u­ta­tion as one of the world’s thriv­ing higher ed­u­ca­tion sec­tors,” said a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from the Univer­sity of Glouces­ter­shire.

At the ex­hi­bi­tion, the one-stop des­ti­na­tion, stu­dents, could get an­swers for all their queries re­gard­ing higher stud­ies in the United King­dom. They got an op­por­tu­nity to meet the rep­re­sen­ta­tives of 65 in­sti­tu­tions from UK, en­quire about cour­ses of­fered, tuition fee, schol­ar­ships and visa re­quire­ments etc.

In­sti­tu­tions such as Univer­sity of West­min­ster, Univer­sity of Es­sex, Univer­sity of Leeds, Univer­sity of Glam­or­gan, Univer­sity of Hert­ford­shire and many more par­tic­i­pated in the fair.

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