The recent announcement by our Govt to delist some well known British universities from the list of recognised universities for law degree and allowed to practise here must come as a shock, a thunderbolt from nowhere. How can this little ex colony have the gumption to not recognise top notch universities with long academic traditions and anytime better than the local universities here? The Brits forgot that our local universities are higher ranked that many British universities. It is like the student has surpassed the master. Wait a minute, I thought the higher ranking of local universities here are due to two major factors, foreign lecturers and foreign students. And foreign lecturers, especially the English speaking type are mainly from UK/US. And British universities must have a lot of foreign students as well. What is wrong with British tertiary education when they are ranked lower than our state universities? Don’t ask me. Maybe these universities did not know how to game the ranking system.
Now some of these reputable British universities are standing up in
protest. How can this ex colony think British universities are not good
enough? They are going to make representations and appeals to be
reinstated into the list of approved universities.
All I can say is silly Brits. An easier and more comprehensive solution
would be to sign a Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement, CECA,
and all their problems will be solved. CECA could also mean
Comprehensive Exemption for Cheats Agreement when the quality and
authenticity of the qualifications are questionable. If the Brits did
not what this is all about, send a team of representatives to New Delhi
to learn from their ex colony on how to con Singapore into singing a
CECA. This ex colony has also outsmarted their colonial master and a
smaller ex colony to sign this great agreement.
With a CECA, the British could even take over this ex colony and rule it
for perpetuity if they so wish. There will be no more need to recognise
any universities from UK, the Universities of Soho or Haymarket would
do. They can just hop over to work here. Some natives here have gone
bonkers and would love to welcome the British back to rule them. They
have run out of ideas and would need just an excuse to bring back the
Union Jack like some Hongkies are doing, protesting in the streets
begging for the Brits to be back to rule them.
And the CECA with the British is just the right instrument to do it.
Every single university in UK would be recognised by default of the
agreement. No need to appeal to the ex colony. Come on Brits, used your
head. It’s elementary, Watson.