Thursday, December 1, 2022

Experts say Sunak's plans to restrict foreign students could bankrupt UK universities

Sunak's plans to restrict foreign students could bankrupt UK universities: Experts


LONDON:Rishi Sunak, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, has a plan to reduce the number of international students entering UK universities.After net migration reached a record high of half a million this year, largely due to visas granted to non-EU students and their dependents, Sunak has proposed measures to reduce the number of international students and their families entering the UK.

In the year that ended in June 2022, Indian nationals received 1,17,965 student visas, an increase of 80,569 (215%) over 2019.4,86,868 sponsored study visas were issued, a 71% increase over 2019.

The PM's deputy spokesperson responded, "When asked if the PM is considering a ban on foreign students coming to the UK,"Obviously, we're taking a gander at these figures exhaustively and we'll consider all choices to guarantee that the movement framework is conveying to the English public.That includes taking into consideration the problem of dependent students and low-quality degrees."

However, the chairman of the UK government's migration advisory committee, Professor Brian Bell, warned that restricting international students would result in the bankruptcy of British universities.Teaching British students costs most universities money, which they make up for by charging more for international students.I'm not sure how the university will continue to exist if the international route is shut down.Are you ready to hugely expand the charges that English understudies pay to counterbalance the misfortunes," he told BBC Radio 4.

In the year ending June 2022, the number of dependent visas granted to sponsored study visa holders increased by 65,042 to 81,089, a 405% increase from 2019.The Russell Group, which represents 24 leading UK universities, was led by Tim Bradshaw, who stated, "The UK benefits from the fact that our universities draw students from all over the world.It would be a mistake to make proposals that limit or restrict that asset, which would harm local economies and go against the government's own international education strategy."

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