Whilst browsing the Internet I recently ran into an interesting (and probably totally unreallistic) idea: universities should be free from charge for all students. Their (i.e. universities') income should be funded exclusively off a [simple_tooltip content='Or any other agreed %']10%[/simple_tooltip] tax charged unconditionally from all alumni for the first [simple_tooltip content='Or three because why not']ten[/simple_tooltip] years after they graduate. This would - in theory - lead to situation where "better" schools would be feeding job market with "better" professionals which in turn would make them (again, just hypothetically) more money.
Well, this would obviously only work assuming that an education has any connection with an employment. There are known cases where a lad with just leaving cert makes more dough that a PhD with umpteen faculties (because the former has a. bigger balls or b. better motivation). I personally know at least one lad who hasn't completed his primary education and not only is he a professional in an area that he is very much into but he also makes good money on it.
But such cases as the one above, although well known thanks to always-hungry-for-sensation mass media, are sitting at the very edge of the Gaussian Bell.
The idea could be (and should be!) fine-tuned a bit: what if someone studied at Univeristy A for three years but then moved to University B where he got his degree? What if he actually works at a university? What if the majority of professions in his country require him to have ANY degree, even totally unrelated to his job profile? What if this poor fucker leaves the country straight after getting his degree simply because he's not a big fan of the Union Jack? Or because he didn't finish his education due to lack of progress in shmehtology?
So many questions. So little time.