How to achieve an affordable country

The first forum in the Tertiary Education Policy Series 2017/2018 hosted by the Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education and KPMG.

Do Western governments have an appetite for funding expanding levels of tertiary education? If not, who should pay, and how and when?  What is higher/tertiary education’s ‘return on investment’, and is it good enough? How do we fund a system that supports mature-age entry and re-entry, ‘second chance education' and intergenerational mobility? The push for tuition free higher education in the UK has gained traction on both sides of the political divide – why? Do online education models and emerging technologies offer new solutions to the problem of cost? In weighing up the costs, how do we balance attrition with national ambitions for access?