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  •  Sadly this is changing in Europe (3+ / 0-)
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    Angie in WA State, ems97007, CKendall

    and very few developing nations have free universities. I don't know if it is part of the Bologna Process (this is a project to standardise higher education in Europe, allowing students to choose more freely where they will attend university, exchange credits, get credits for past work etc.--but has many negative points also) or due to the several international accords that are forcing privatisation and marketisation on education worldwide, but several European countries are in the process of ending free university education, and/or limiting the amount of time students can spend at university, removing financial support for students' living expenses, and permitting the growth of a private university sector. These policies were already imposed on most eastern European countries as part of the deal for IMF and other financial support some years ago.

    This is one of the reasons students have been protesting and on strike in Germanyand Italy recently.

    Here in the UK, negotiations are underway to lift the cap on tuition fees (currently £3000/year, all but one university here charges the full fee and that one will be from next year). I'm sorry to say that the head of the university where I work is part of the panel making this decision, and it is likely that fees will be increased to £7000=£10000/year. That is actually higher than many American state universities.

    Medical students here are currently semi-subsidised by the NHS, but it is likely that the NHS will not be able to afford to subsidise as many at these rates, so cost-sharing will come in and further restrict access to the professions to those who are already wealthy. Alternatively, the NHS could impose further restictions on the employment of the students it subsidises (i.e try to force them to remain within the NHS system) but I doubt this would stand up to legal challenges unless it was done in a very crafty way.

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    by expatyank on Sun Dec 20, 2009 at 12:26:43 AM PST

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