University students are having to meet more of the cost of their higher education in countries with existing mass higher education systems and “ageing demographics” – and the trend towards reduced public spending on universities looks set to continue. A new report, released last week, by Toronto based Higher Education Strategy Associates says governments facing budget-balancing exercises, such as Britain and some US states including California, are already imposing cuts.
Another study reports that the rise in Europe's student population and public funding cuts across the continent are combining to produce an unprecedented higher education crisis which can only be met by much greater diversifying of income sources, experts heard in Brussels on Tuesday at the launch of a major European Universities Association survey of 27 countries.
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