While most parts of the developed and developing world aim to offer their citizens free and easy access to basic education, the picture becomes very different when we look at higher education. Universities, both public and private, can differ greatly in terms of the quality of teaching, the range of programmes they offer and the tuition fees they charge. Government or state universities are often underfunded and overcrowded, usually unable to serve the rapidly increasing demand.
In today’s demanding world it is imperative to have specialised and in-depth knowledge in any field you choose to build your career. However, due to the limited number of places in many public and private universities, students are often forced to enrol in programmes which are not their first choice, or are of little interest to them and are thus led to careers which are unsuitable and unexciting.
When people hear about online studies, they may wrongly presume that they will be studying without any support or personal contact, left to their own devices. But quality online education, using the latest technology, is very different, combining flexibility and ease of access with extensive personal support and interaction with tutors and fellow students.
Economic growth in the last decades in many developing countries has managed to somewhat increase prosperity of small segments of the population. But the continuing increase in births, plus the lack of the necessary infrastructure and available public funds renders the public services in developing countries seriously unable to fulfill their purpose. This is particularly obvious in the sector of education. When governments cannot provide adequate university places to satisfy the educational needs of the new generations, sustainable development is simply not possible.