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Foreign graduates keep "strategic" subjects afloat

Published: Friday, 14 September 2007   Category: Public sector

Many traditional British universities departments are being kept afloat by an influx of foreign students, a new report claims.

According to a study by Universities UK (UUK), around 20 per cent of students in "strategic subjects" come from abroad. UUK's "strategic subjects" include maths, sciences, engineering, technology and languages.

And foreign students dominate the subjects in the post-graduate sector with only 29 per cent of students coming from the UK.

Professor Geoffrey Crossick at UUK told the BBC: "The concern is that should people return home, the flow of researchers will dry up and that will cause problems for the UK economy.

"The important thing for UK universities now is not to have fewer researchers from abroad but to build up more from the UK."

The number of students studying psychology has increased 113 per cent and those studying computer science, law, media studies drama and film has upped 335 per cent in the last decade.ADNFCR-1068-ID-18280958-ADNFCR

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