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University autonomy = good

October 10, 2008

An article in the Telegraph attributes the fact that Britain consistently has four universities in the global top ten, despite a comparative lack of funding, to the relative autonomy of the institutions:

In fact, Britain is the one exception to the general rule that a bigger budget equals stronger universities: we are top of the class when it comes to research productivity and efficiency, as evidenced by the presence of our top four – UCL, Imperial, Cambridge and Oxford – in the global top 10. Our success is largely driven by the fact that our universities have been given much more autonomy than our international counterparts.

Of course, the writer goes on to insist on the need for more funding.

One Comment
  1. jacob permalink
    October 10, 2008 3:22 pm

    No shi*

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