WALES: University numbers to be reduced

A plan to close smaller Welsh universities has been broadly welcomed by education professionals, reports BBC News. Education Minister Leighton Andrews has indicated that smaller bodies will be forced into mergers, meaning a reduced number of higher education institutions.

The minister told Welsh assembly members there would be "significantly fewer" higher education institutions by 2013, which would not mean fewer students, but fewer vice-chancellors.

Sir Adrian Webb, former vice-chancellor of the University of Glamorgan and current chair of the Wales Employment and Skills Board, said Wales had too many institutions. "Logically having 12 or 13 higher education institutions in a country with the population of Birmingham looks strange." Katie Dalton, National Union of Students Wales president, welcomed the commitment to protecting student numbers.
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