My Noble Lord Mandelson of Fop seems not to understand the very basics of what he is doing.
He said universities would have to engage more with business, and involve employers more in both course design and the funding of degrees. \”Universities are not islands, they are not ivory towers, they have to respond to the world around them,\” he said.
No, that\’s exactly what universities are and should be: ivory towers where knowledge is pursued for the sheer joy of pursuing knowledge.
Places which train people to do specific jobs can be called many things but not universities: polytechnics, technical schools, vocational colleges, but these are not universities.
Having started out on the wrong foot like this he is of course going to entirely screw up those good universities that we do have.