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University postgraduate system 'failing UK economy'
The postgraduate system in the UK's universities is failing to produce the number of highly skilled staff needed by a modern economy, according to the Higher Education Commission, which says the system is geared towards attracting overseas students rather than training more UK students, reports Sean Coughlan for the BBC.

The commission’s report warns that the UK is falling behind in investing in research and calls for urgent reform of the postgraduate sector, saying that in its present state it will cause long-term problems for the UK's economy. A Department for Business, Innovation and Skills spokesperson said: "We recognise there are some concerns."

Postgraduate research has become increasingly important for innovative, hi-tech industries. But the Higher Education Commission, an independent group of education and business leaders, warns that the UK's current system seems to neglect UK students and instead is driven by universities wanting to recruit overseas students who pay high levels of tuition fees.
Full report on the BBC site
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