Tertiary or third stage education, commonly known as higher or post secondary education is not mandatory for everyone. A person is eligible for higher education after completing high school (secondary school). Undergraduate courses, Post Graduate training programs, vocational training and similar modules form a part of tertiary or higher secondary education. These courses are often imparted in colleges and universities and are such institutions are termed as tertiary institutions. The student who successfully completes such training modules is entitled to a certificate, diploma or a degree.
The main aim of higher education is to impart degree level knowledge or ensure that the student attains a foundation degree qualification. Almost half of the people residing in developed countries opt for higher education, making this an essential part of the economy of the nation. Besides revenue, it also gives rise to the trained and qualified professionals who are a blessing to the nation.
Most university courses offer teaching, research & social service activities as well both at the undergraduate level as well as the graduate and post graduate level. Various colleges are affiliated to a single university. You can find many private and independent universities in America. Yale University is one such example. You can also find public or state governed universities such as the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. Besides this you can also find universities such as the University of Virginia which are state funded and yet independent. Students can search for career specific courses by browsing the web.
We can define a liberal arts institution as a “college or university curriculum aimed at imparting broad general knowledge and developing general intellectual capacities, in contrast to a professional, vocational, or technical curriculum.”
The present day liberal arts colleges have their origin in Europe but in the present times, it is often linked with universities from US.