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The Independent

Universities will go bust if overseas college students barred, authorities adviser warns



Universities will go bankrupt if the federal government shuts out overseas college students in a frantic bid to chop immigration, an adviser has warned – with poorer areas most in danger.

The chair of the Migration Advisory Committee raised the alarm after No 10 – beneath pressure from Tory MPs to act on rising numbers – stated it’s exploring excluding abroad college students from “low-quality” levels.

One suggestion is they might solely be allowed a spot at an “elite” college, which may imply solely London, Cambridge and Oxford, Brian Bell stated.

The King’s Faculty professor identified overseas college students hold many universities afloat in much less affluent locations, asking: “What about Newcastle? What in regards to the north east, the north west, Scotland?”

He warned the federal government: “In the event you’re within the levelling up agenda, you would possibly need to fear about harming universities round Britain.”

Prof Bell informed BBC Radio 4 a harsh crackdown “may ship many universities over the sting”, with no “huge enhance” in charges paid by British college students.

“As I stated, most universities, for many programs, lose cash on instructing British college students and offset that loss by charging extra for worldwide college students.

“In the event you shut down the worldwide route, I’m unsure how the college continues to outlive.”

Labour additionally hit out on the wider harm to Britain from excluding abroad college students who would go on to grow to be “ambassadors” for the UK after returning house.

Anneliese Dodds, the get together’s chair, stated: “Once we have a look at our college sector, it’s answerable for a few of the largest quantities of export income of any a part of our financial system.

“It will be important that we’ve that proud custom of scholars coming from different international locations, to our nation to review, they then can grow to be ambassadors really, for our nation, after they return house.”

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