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The University of Wales should be wound down and closed if other plans for its future fail, a report concluded.

The review, commissioned by the Welsh Assembly Government, said the institution should “change radically”.

It said the university had become dependent on income from validating courses in colleges overseas.

It comes after it emerged the higher education standards watchdog was investigating the university’s links to a business school in Singapore.

The review was commissioned by the assembly government and chaired by John McCormick.

The review of higher education governance said it would be “unsustainable” for the University of Wales (UoW) to continue in its current form.

It added that the university had become dependent on income from validating courses in overseas colleges. There are 15,000 students taking its degrees in 25 disciplines in 30 countries.

The higher education watchdog, the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA), has launched an investigation into the university over standards at the Turning Point Business School in Singapore following a number of complaints from students.

The UoW’s overseas partnerships were the subject of a BBC Wales investigation which found a college in Malaysia run by a pop star with two bogus degrees was offering courses leading to the university’s degrees.

Tuesday’s review said the UoW “represents a division in Welsh higher education rather than its unity”.

Established in 1893, it receives very little public funding.

“However, it is an institution that is deploying a national asset – the all-Wales brand – and yet has no national accountability,” the review said.

In recent years the universities of Bangor, Cardiff, Aberystwyth and Swansea have pulled back and opted to award their own degrees.

The university is now the main degree awarding body at Glyndwr University, Uwic, Swansea Metropolitan University, the University of Wales Newport and Trinity Saint David.

The review also raises questions about plans revealed by BBC Wales in February for a merger between Uwic, Trinity Saint David and Swansea Metropolitan University under the banner of the University of Wales. Source: BBC

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