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  • Is a university education really so essential?
  • Is a university education really so essential?
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Who needs a degree?

Getting a university degree was once seen as a useful path to a lucrative career. Yet high tuition fees are deterring many, especially given that employers are increasingly looking beyond academics, instead considering a range of other factors. So is the traditional degree a thing of the past?

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Think that people with a university degree are better equipped for a high-earning career? A study conducted by the Institute of Fiscal Studies suggests that that's not always the case, with male graduates from 23 of 168 UK institutions earning a lower media wage than non-graduates. And female graduates at nine of 166 institutions were worse off than non-graduates. [1]

Since tuition fees in the UK were raised in 2012, students today have to shell out up to £9,250 a year for the privilege of higher education. [2] In the US, the average annual cost of ...

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