Commenting on the today’s report by the Independent Commission on Fees which highlights the fall in university admissions, President of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), Dr Mike Short CBE, said:
“Whilst the rise in tuition fees has resulted in a fall in the number of UK university applications, the economic downturn has clearly played its part too. Students are re-evaluating whether or not to start their university careers. Engineering has a central role to play in rebalancing the economy. Rebalancing the UK’s economy will require qualified, skilled engineers and technicians at all levels.
“A university education is not the only route. Given the tough economic situation apprenticeships are a viable alternative to a traditional academic pathway. They provide a valid route into a rewarding and enjoyable career in engineering, equipping young people with the key practical and technical skills that are valued by employers.
“International entries to university are also important for the future of engineering and related research as this diversity helps to build UK strengths for a more global world of engineering. We need to ensure UK universities stay competitive in attracting and retaining such students.”
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