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Tertiary teaching in your home country

As many of our enrolled students are from India, we will use that country as an example for this section of the course. However, the same concepts and questions could be applied to any home country.

Like many aspects of social life in India, tertiary education is undergoing rapid change. The infrastructure that did a magnificent job of raising graduate numbers from 200,000 in 1947 to more than 10 million in 2005 is now struggling to keep up with the demand for places, and there are many private establishments opening up. Maintaining the quality of educational institutions can be an issue at times of rapid growth. Read this excellent article written by Nick Clark in 2006 (click here). Do you think much has changed since then? Has your experience of post-secondary education in India met your expectations? If you were in charge of the Department of Higher Education, what would you do differently?

If your home country is not India, use online resources to answer the above questions about your own country's tertiary education system.

Post your thoughts to our Moodle forum,Tertiary education in my home country..

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Title Tertiary education in my home country.

Time: 1 to 2 hours

Stimulus 1: Education in India. This is the 2006 article mentioned above.

Stimulus 2: MHRD.This is the Indian Government's Ministry of Human Resource Development website, which includes responsibility for Higher Education.

Purpose The purpose of this activity is to explore your own experience of tertiary education and to share our opinions on the direction of development in higher education in India (or another nation relevant to the student). You should also look for other online references as part of your research for this e-learning activity, and share your findings on the forum.


  • Describe your own tertiary qualifications and the institutions that you attended. Where do these institutions fit in the framework described in Nick Clark's article? Post this to the Moodle forum linked above, and reply with comments to at least three other students' postings.
  • In a separate posting (click "new discussion topic" at the top of the forum page) share your opinions concerning the current state of the Indian tertiary education system and what changes you think should be made. Your opinion is valued and is just as valid as that of others! Reply to the opinions of at least three other students, preferably ones that you disagree with - but please be courteous about your disagreements, and provide well-thought reasons for your differing opinions.