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Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Is Ufi providing value for taxpayers' money?

Questions raised as Mark Samuels reveals the 'University for Industry' has cost nearly £1bn. In a recent article he says that:

"Yet another publicly-funded elearning initiative is struggling to meet its ambitious objectives, consuming huge amounts of taxpayers' money in the process.

Following in the wake of education disaster UKeU and the axing of the health sector's NHSU, the 'University for Industry' (Ufi) has worked its way through almost £1bn in funding since 1998.

Ufi, which receives funding from the Department for Education and Skills (DfES) and the Learning and Skills Council (LSC), is the organisation responsible for learndirect, the world's largest government-backed elearning initiative.

But over the last six years, Ufi has struggled to attract private investment, a key objective when the scheme was launched…."

You can read his full article in Computing 08 Dec 2004.


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