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Date published: 2005/01/25

The BBC says:

Oxford University could reduce its number of UK students by 1,000 in an effort to improve its finances.

It should replace them with extra overseas undergraduates, who pay full fees of up to £20,000 a year, according to a green paper.

The university said the extra money would allow it to pay staff more and improve standards.

The changes - cutting the number of UK undergraduates from 11,000 to 10,000 - are likely to take five years.

Oxford, like most other leading universities, will charge the full £3,000 a year for all courses when "variable" tuition fees start are brought in next year.

However, it costs £55,800 on average to put each undergraduate through a three-year degree.

A logical consequence of the way universities are funded in the UK. With increasing government interference for reasons of social engineering, the next logical step is for Oxford (Cambridge, ...) to go private.

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