Talking about trends in higher education, Tim Blackman, vice chancellor of Middlesex University, UK, says, "Globally, there is a growing awareness on the need for more postsecondary courses with greater parity between three and four-year degrees and one and two-year certificate (courses) and diplomas. This is essential to meet the need for specialised skills and to help reduce higher education costs."
Blackman is of the opinion that both degree and shorter vocational courses need to be more practice oriented and skill developing. Even the degree courses should have different specialised certificate courses attached to them, which will be helpful for the student's future career.
"At Middlesex University, we are diversifying the courses offered, and working closely with the Capital City College Group, London's group of technical colleges, so that students can either enter labour market with their vocational certificate and diploma qualifications or continue in their career to a full honours degree. We are exploring shorter vocational courses in India, which includes the opportunity to articulate these courses into full-fledged degree programmes," he says. The university has engaged in research collaborations with the University of Delhi and have also initiated collaborations with private entities in India.
(Source: The Times of India)