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Another Victim to Immigration Reform: British Universities falling in the trap?

Currently in Britain, the future is looking pretty bleak for higher education.

According to the latest global rankings released by the Times Higher Education group, nearly all of the UK’s top universities have continued to free-fall down their list of the world’s best.

Bearing in mind that higher education is one of the country’s most lucrative exports, education buffs and politicians alike will no doubt be scrambling for answers as to why Britain’s reputation is slipping.

And the answer is disturbingly simple.

, American journalist and politics geek based in Scotland, posted this Oct.11, 2013 in the Huffpost students:

British Universities Fall Victim to Immigration Reform

In 2010, Conservatives made a promise to British voters to drastically slice the number of foreigners trying to live and work in the UK. Irrational Romanian scares and ‘Go Home’ vans aside, they’re finally making progress.

Earlier this year, Tories were left celebrating the first landmark success after the Office for National Statistics reported that net immigration had dropped by a third.

The figures showed that visas issued for the purpose of studying at British universities – the most common reason foreigners wanted to enter the country – fell by a whopping 20%.

As foreigners have been known to pay more than double what British citizens pay for their degrees, this is awful news for UK universities – and suggests the budgets of Britain’s learning institutions will only shrink further still.

After all, under current government rules, English universities are only allowed to charge UK and EU citizens a maximum yearly tuition of £9,000 – and in Northern Ireland, locals get charged just £3,575 per year.

How much do foreigners pay? According to UCAS, literally as much as universities want to charge them.

In fact, an international student earning a clinical degree in the UK is currently paying their university anywhere from £10,000 to £25,000 per year. Hell, last year, a standard engineering degree from Oxford – apparently one of the only UK institutions worthy of international acclaim – cost foreigners at least £24,707 per year.

Given these hefty sums, it’s a wonder money-hungry politicians don’t want Britain’s universities to be left exclusively for the use of international students – especially in Scotland, where locals pay absolutely nothing for their degrees. With that level of funding, it’s no wonder only one Scottish institution made the list of the world’s top 100 universities.

Yet regardless of the mixed signals David Cameron opts to shower over aspiring students in Asia, it’s fair to say the UK is becoming more and more unwelcome to foreigners.

That’s all well and good for the nation’s xenophobic voters, but it’s also worth noting that, in scaring off foreigners, the Home Office is consequently chasing away the much-needed funding that British universities need in order to grow.

There’s a bottom line here, and it’s frustratingly simple. It doesn’t take an economist to work out that Britain’s poor show in the Times Higher Education rankings is a direct result of the government’s financially reckless decision to try and keep out wealthy immigrants.

But this self-inflicted academic decline has been a long time coming, and no one on Downing Street should feign surprise that foreigners are finally starting to notice. Higher education groups say this can be reversed by a surge in university funding; however, unless Westminster opts to perform a serious U-turn on its immigration reform,

it’s safe to say that British universities will only continue to tumble further and further down the league tables.

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The effects you can feel and observe. The doubtful causes are within the rational realm…

If you scratch deeper in any experiment, you discover there are higher or superimposed causes to the initial  “identified cause” . And we claim that the initial causes to be the reasons for the effects we are feeling or observing.

Fact is, I believe only in the interrelationships or interactions among the “identified causes” (factors, independent variables) and not in the causative notion, a dichotomy  or binary situation (cause and effect) that our mind is trained to invent in order to make sense for our logical and rational system we learned.

Cause is a rational invention that is imposed on our mind since there are no ways to sense it.

Although the mathematical concept of correlation (an equation) is not similar to the notion of cause, I find that correlation among variables to make sense: At least you can observe the trends (positive or negative), an observation that is far more useful and applicable than the abstract concept of “cause”.

The fact that for every cause there are higher level causes or many other causes interfering with an initial cause, I feel that the notion of cause is moot and disturbing.

It is the many “identified causes” that brought so many calamities to mankind.

Even today, many identified causes have turned out to be false, confounding, ill-conceived, simplistic…

Paradigm shifts are the demonstrations of “flawed causes” in every discipline. cases that affected generations that spanned centuries in many civilizations around the world.

One of the worst of “identified cause” is what “a God or supreme being made people to follow their designated destinies”.

A God is far more dangerous the more reduced is the pantheon of Gods.

From hundreds, to dozens, to three, to two and ending up to just a single God, calamities and indignities increased as the number of Gods diminished.

During the periods of vaster roster of Gods, civilizations prospered, and enjoyed prolonged periods of peace, security, and richer continuous communication among communities.

Fact is, the concept of cause is so difficult to scientifically assimilate that it requires several years of education in experimental design, setting up experiment and controlling the numerous interfering variables (causes).  And flawed experiments are being churned out faster than peer reviewed experts can review and comment on.

You can learn to acquire an experimental mind and be capable of critiquing scientific articles for flawed designs and analysis, but setting up an experiment and running it require a different set of attitudes.

Actually, product are being tested live on customers, and companies wait for legal complaints to react and redesign for health and safety.




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