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The purpose of this study is to explore higher education reform in the UK in terms of an idea of a university. To accomplish this end, we review a short history of the UK university’s reform and suggest some implications for Korean university. Today a university is often regarded as an institution that determines a national competitiveness. In this situation, the UK universities has continually reformed to maintain a world class of university at a research and teaching level. The UK university’s reform has two features. One is to expand the domain of an idea of a university. It includes a traditional perspective that emphasizes a academic value as well as a more reform perspective that reflect needs of a social context. If an idea of a university reflect the social context, a university have the indispensable challenges that need in a labour market, a community problem solving, a democratic citizenship learning etc. The other is to accept the Neo-liberalism. It entails that an application of the logic of the market. According to this view, a university pursuits a economic value like companies. The UK reform shows some implications for Korea university reform in terms of theoretical and practical point of view. From the theoretical perspective, we need a balanced view which acknowledge the coexistence possibility of various idea of a university. From the practical perspective, we should strive to ensure expertise on university reform and to secure economic resources for ongoing university reform. But a reform that accepts what is revealed on the surface can cause another problems. A reform which is not appropriate social context is not only a problem itself but also making a side effect. In this sense,uncritically acceptance in a case of developed countries is wary. In conclusion, it is necessary to bear in mind that consideration for reform of the UK universities give some lessons only when we are carefully examined on the social situations Korea universities has faced.