International students

My university accepts overseas students who are doomed to fail | Anonymous academic | Education

A few years ago, while working in a business school, I was the academic in my department responsible for looking after PhD students. Around this time, the department dean identified international PhD students as a lucrative income stream. He hoped this might help shore up the department, since his strengths didn’t lie in securing research funding or drawing income from local businesses. He started by aggressively recruiting international students with full fees or bursaries awarded by their country of origin,…

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Record numbers from China and Hong Kong applying to study in UK | Education

Record numbers of students from China and Hong Kong are applying for places at British universities, overtaking the number of applicants from Wales, according to official figures. Data from the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (Ucas) shows a spike in demand for undergraduate places from mainland China and a small rise in applications from the EU, despite fears over Brexit. The figures taken from Ucas’s January deadline, when the bulk of undergraduate applications are made, show a 1% decline in…

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‘The sooner you go home the better’: is this the UK’s message to international students? | Education

With universities in the UK facing significant threats to their finances, international students and their higher fees are likely to be more important than ever. The prime minister’s review of post-18 education is widely expected to recommend a cut to home tuition fees next month. Meanwhile, vice-chancellors are braced for a major blow from Brexit, with European student numbers and research funding likely to be hit. But after years of tough talking on immigration, how do we shore up this…

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