NPC's Response to GATS

NPC has submitted a consultation response to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) for the General Agreement on Trade and Services (GATS). This was carried out in response to a motion passed at the Ordinary General Meeting (OGM) on the 2nd November 2002. The consultation itself can be downloaded from the following website:

http://www.dti.gov.uk/worldtrade/service.htm

In the interest of postgraduates NPC has made specific responses to the education sector in that GATS could affect quality assurance, increase tuition fees to international market rates and that difficulties would arise with cross border trading for virtual and distance learning.

Although no negotiations have taken place with regards to the research and development sector, NPC has responded to this with regard to the potential threats there are on research degree programmes. Commercial ownership of research could be a threat to the standards of research degrees. Further to this, intellectual property rights could hinder collaboration and scope on work carried out by research students.

The response can be downloaded from here.