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Northern Ireland third level education sector will have crucial role to play in economic recovery

Stephen Farry


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Queen’s University is projecting a drop in total annual revenue for the forthcoming year in excess of £30m as they fight to keep their international students

Queen’s University is projecting a drop in total annual revenue for the forthcoming year in excess of £30m as they fight to keep their international students

Queen’s University is projecting a drop in total annual revenue for the forthcoming year in excess of £30m as they fight to keep their international students

The challenges from the Covid-19 pandemic to our local universities are multi-dimensional, but in outlining those it is also important to acknowledge the role that they and our Further Education Colleges can play in helping with the recovery.

Immediate issues relate to the financial needs for students, and the nature of the learning experience going forward. Naturally, that raises questions over the value for money of tuition fees, but I hope that the existing quality provided to date by our institutions can be replicated in a blended learning context.

For universities, the existing pressures for the current unsustainable funding model are going to be exacerbated. The biggest threat comes from a significant drop in the numbers of international students.