Report praise for King’s Lynn’s College of West Anglia

Students in Lynn are working towards degrees from a “rising star” of global higher education, according to a new report.

The College of West Anglia already offers degrees at its Tennyson Avenue campus through its long-standing partnership with Anglia Ruskin University.

And that work is set to continue when the college’s new university centre opens to its first students this autumn.

Now, the university has now been named in a global list of 20 institutions that is expected to rival more traditional universities in the next two decades by higher education consultants Firetail.

Their report said: “Over the next 10-20 years, there will be unexpected challenges to the establishment.

“Ambitious, fast-improving universities will take advantage of disruptive global trends that create unique opportunities for innovation.

“Our research suggests the difference between the winners and losers will be strategy. No-one will become world class by chance.

“The rising ‘Class of 2030’ will balance long-term vision with short-term execution, linked together by strong management and culture.

“They will have a clear view of the changing world and their role in it, and a robust plan to get the resources, people and culture they need to be successful. The outward-looking and impact-focussed institutions will beat the inward-looking and complacent.”

Anglia Ruskin is the only British university named in the list. Nine of the others are in the United States, while institutions in Australia, South Korea, Japan, Germany and Finland are also included.

Professor Roderick Watkins, Anglia Ruskin’s deputy vice-chancellor, said: “We are delighted to feature in this list of ‘rising stars’ in global higher education, in recognition of the huge strides we have taken over recent years in research and innovation.

“We continue to invest significantly in excellent staff and facilities in order to deliver our very ambitious strategic plans.”