Martin Rees: Universities must adapt to changing needs of students

04 June 2020

Universities must adapt to changing needs of students.

"University campuses are silent and deserted. Their life will be gradually restored. But nobody expects a reversion to the ‘old normal’ – nor should we wish for this. The current upheaval should energise and accelerate reforms to the whole higher education sector, which surely needs more institutional variety, and more flexibility in its offerings.

Students should be able to choose their preferred balance between online and residential courses (and to access ‘distance learning’ of higher quality, because of experience gained in  the current emergency). We need more facilities for part-time study and lifelong learning, and a blurring of the damaging divide between technical and university education..."

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