An excerpt from an OUPblog article published on 8th December 2017, written by Paul Temple, co-author of Universities and Colleges: A Very Short Introduction.
"Higher education has generally been reckoned to be one of the UK’s success stories, competing with the best American universities and setting the standard against which universities in other European countries measure themselves. Perhaps that’s surprising for a few smallish islands off the north-west coast of Europe, known for rain and fog. Much of this success relates to the outward-looking orientation of UK universities, perhaps reflecting an island heritage: 28% of academic staff at UK universities are from abroad, with 16% of that total coming from other European Union (EU) countries – a much higher proportion than in most countries. UK universities have, then, snapped up talent wherever they found it and have prospered as a result: islands need outsiders if they’re going to be successful....."
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