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UK universities need more international students

Published: Monday, 06 August 2007   Category: Government policies

MPs hope that UK universities will improve their global status by trying to attract more international students.

The Commons Education Select Committee claims that an outreach to more students from emerging countries such as China and India is key to improving the status of UK universities abroad.

Committee members have called on private companies to fund bursaries and scholarships to attract the students, who boost the economy with tuition fees and living costs.

Chairman of the committee Barry Sheerman said: "It is clear that they bring significant educational, cultural and economic benefits to universities and to the country more generally."

He added: "International relationships in higher education need to be sustainable, and time spent now in building links will reap rich rewards in the long term."

Last month the Higher Education Policy Institute claimed that high university fees should be subsidised by UK taxpayers in order to attract more foreign students.ADNFCR-1068-ID-18235245-ADNFCR

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