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The CBI yesterday responded to the Government’s White Paper on higher education.

Katja Hall, CBI Chief Policy Director, said:

“As tuition fees rise, it’s only right that students are in the driving seat, able to make much more informed decisions about what degree to take and where to study it.

“Under these plans, students would have much better information about the jobs and salaries they could achieve, having graduated in a particular course from a particular university. There will also be a need for employers to say what skills they need in the future and what the career prospects are for different qualifications.

“The result will be a system in which universities compete more rigorously for students, and offer more innovative ways of learning.

“However, the Government must ensure that universities continue to offer courses that provide much-needed skills for the economy, in particular more expensive ones to deliver such as science, technology and engineering.”

Notes to Editors:

The CBI is the UK's leading business organisation, speaking for some 240,000 businesses that together employ around a third of the private sector workforce. With offices across the UK as well as representation in Brussels, Washington, Beijing and Delhi, the CBI communicates the British business voice around the world.

Media Contact:
CBI Press Office on 020 7395 8239 or out of hours pager on 07623 977 854.

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