Higher Education Institutions make significant contributions to the local economy, directly through the labour market and, indirectly, through student spending in the community, and also contribute to the social and cultural life of their regions through support for minority communities, theatre, cinema and the arts.
The higher education sector consists of some 170 institutions catering for a rich diversity of students from both local as well as overseas. The student body is growing in size and character with an increase of over 39% between 1995 and 2003 to a current total of 2.2 million students. Such growth is unprecedented and has been managed against a steadily declining unit of resource for teaching which only levelled off in 2002.
Unprecedented increases in the teaching function have presented universities with a range of financial and academic challenges during the last decade and have stimulated wide spread curriculum renewal, new modes of teaching and learning, and significant investment in the professional development of all categories of staff. ...Show more