The UK is home to some of the best universities in the world. The higher education in the region is known for keeping tabs with the changes in education needs all over the world, through the use of technology and by providing a rich knowledge economy. Information Technology investments in higher learning institutions are a key driving force that will continue to change the education atmosphere globally in 2016. In the UK, a majority of these institutions have embraced internalisation. This new trend allows the institutions to utilise international strategies in student recruitment, research collaborations and capacity building.
Massive open online courses (MOOCs)
Massive open social learning is among the most significant higher learning trends in UK. Its main advantage is increasing the engagement of students from all over the world while they are studying. The advancement makes it possible for hundreds of thousands of students to use social networks to learn a plethora of massive open online courses (MOOCs) offered by the universities. Conversations are linked with learning content. The online discussions, often held for short durations, allow learners to get answers to questions and offer assistance to other students. Assignments are also handled and submitted online. It is now very easy to do a bachelor degress online using the MOOCs platform.
Increased student mobility
Student mobility is also one of the features of higher learning trends in UK. The UK is second to the USA in having the largest number of international students. According to the OECD, there were 2.1 million international mobile students in 2000 and the mobility increased to 5 million students in 2014. By 2025, student mobility is prospected to reach 8 million. UK universities continue to support student mobility by increasing the admission of foreign students and collaborating with scholarship offering organizations to help students fund their education. In 2015, there were more than half a million non-UK students out of the 2.27 million students in UK higher learning institutions.