A new type of university?

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A new type of university?

Post by Tony.Williams »

Now this strikes me as a very good idea: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-54725017

I suspect that this kind of higher education would be vastly more suitable for the great majority of students, leaving subject-specialist courses for those who really want to specialise.
A new higher education institution is opening in London next autumn which will not teach traditional separate subjects - but will be able to award its own degrees. The London Interdisciplinary School is opening in Whitechapel, east London. It is claimed as the first institution since the 1960s to start from scratch with full UK degree awarding powers. The private college will be partly owned by the UK government, which is part-funding the project.
Students will all take a combined arts and science course aimed at teaching problem-solving skills.

Rather than offering conventional degree subjects, such as history or physics, there will be a single three-year degree course focusing on global issues, such as climate change, with the aim of "cutting across disciplines". The London Interdisciplinary School (LIS), which will have 100 students in its first cohort paying £9,000 per year, is claimed as the first entirely new provider for a generation that will be able to issue its own degrees from the outset.
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