Friday, June 05, 2009

Bad News for British Universities

Mandelson takes charge of universities | Education |

The prime minister today scrapped the two-year-old Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills, and awarded all of its responsibilities to a new Department for Business, Innovation and Skills designed to help the UK out of recession.

The new department, which will be headed by Lord Mandelson, puts universities at the heart of the government's business policies, and will be opposed by some academics who believe higher education should be in a department dedicated to education and not commerce.

At lease these kinds of massive new UK government departments don't often last long.

1 comment:

berenike said...

"the education system must produce the kind of people the economy needs" - wasn't that a Blair quote? There was another classic by some Blairite on "useless things like medieval history", but I forget the exact words.