Singapore, a hub for international branch campuses, has released a string of rules for private education providers including mandatory participation in a graduate employment survey and obtaining a four-year quality assurance certificate.
A new report from the Centre for Global Higher Education concluded that private education providers serve to massify education, but transparency on value for money and student protection plans are inadequate.
Tier 4 policy changes being mooted by UKVI could have “catastrophic” effects for branch campuses and private providers. The Home Office has issued draft guidance on CAS issuance by universities for students enrolling at associated campuses or pathway providers.
Concern over the rapidly growing enrolment activities of some private education providers in the UK – and a tripling in expenditure on student maintenance grants and tuition fee loans – has prompted David Willetts to ask 23 private operators to immediately halt further recruitment of UK/EU students onto HND and HNC certificate programmes.