Government: Employers should forge links with universities
Employers have been urged to forge stronger links with higher-education institutions in new guidelines from the government.
In his annual letter to the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), the secretary of state for innovation, universities and skills, John Denham, stated that he wants the industry to have closer ties with higher education.
He added that by 2010 15,000 students should be co-funded by employers and the HEFCE.
"I am confident that by increasing the number of students in higher education we will deliver a highly-skilled workforce and world-class research to ensure an economically-competitive UK fit for the 21st century," he stated.
Mr Denham remarked that the government is "investing more in higher education than ever before".
Ucas revealed last week that student numbers increased by 22,540 or 5.8 per cent in 2007 compared to 2006.