Lessons from America?
The group visited a large number of educational institutions across the state and they were impressed by the high levels of collaboration between the colleges and universities, the amount of state funding for lifelong learning courses, and the involvement of local businesses.
"We have to change attitudes and approaches", said Professor Benyon. "However the bottom line is that North Carolina invests a lot more money in part-time courses and other lifelong opportunities than we do. If we want to realise our potential in Britain, we have to invest in it".
Both Professor Benyon and Mr Cooper returned to Leicester with a commitment to further collaboration, building on the Colleges-University of Leicester Network, which was set up last year and now includes 14 separate FE Colleges working with the University.
Next year a delegation from North Carolina plans to visit the UK and will spend some time in Leicester looking at some of the recent innovations here. "This is a two-way process", said Professor Benyon, "and it is flattering that these education leaders from America want to see at first-hand what they can learn from our own initiatives in lifelong learning".
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