SCOTLAND: University chiefs push for graduate fee

A policy paper published last week by Universities Scotland, which represents university principals, calls on the Scottish government to take urgent legislative action to introduce a graduate contribution scheme by 2012-13, writes Andrew Denholm for The Herald Scotland.

The paper, titled Towards a Scottish Solution, warns that at a time of drastic cuts in public money, the sector faces a dire future unless alternative funding streams are developed. "Major cuts that are not compensated for by new income streams will fundamentally damage universities' contribution to Scotland's economic and social resilience," the report states.

Universities Scotland is also proposing a radical shake-up of the structure of higher education, ushering in the prospect of a three-year degree for some.
Full report on the Herald Scotland site

Edd McCracken, also for The Herald Scotland, reports that attracting students from China has been identified as a key strategy for bolstering Scotland's educational sector. During a week-long trade mission to China, it was reported that education secretary Michael Russell met the Chinese education minister to discuss in detail piloting partnerships in teacher education and building on existing projects such as joint PhD research programmes. He also met the educational commission in Tianjin to discuss proposals for Scotland providing more higher and vocational education for the city of 12 million.
Full report on the Herald Scotland site