Scottish Higher Education: Probably the best higher education in the world?

Yesterday saw the the publication of the first interim report from the Joint Future Thinking Taskforce on Universities on ‘New Horizons: responding to the challenges of the 21st century’. Various papers comment on the potential implications of this report for Scotland’s universities funding (see ‘Related Google News Feed’ for examples). As well as outlining a roadmap for a framework for the future of funding the report highlights what the Taskforce sees as the current strengths of Scotland’s universities. These include:

  • three Scottish universities in the world’s top 100 research universities
  • three universities in ranked in the top 10 new universities in the UK
  • 4.3% of Scottish students fail to leave university with a successful outcome (degree, other award or transfer to another educational programme)

So are we probably the best higher education in the world?