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UK universities need to improve international relations
Monday, 01 October 2007
UK universities need to do more to welcome overseas students and integrate them into domestic society, experts have claimed.
According to new research conducted by the Council for Industry and Higher Education, foreign students in the UK are often forced to live in ghettos and are rarely befriended by their British counterparts, the Independent reports.
The findings indicate that domestic universities are lagging behind other world leaders, like Australia and the US, in terms of international student integration.
Commenting on the findings, chief executive of the council, Richard Brown said: "The United Kingdom is high-quality and high-cost but we're not so good at welcoming students and we're not very good at developing the employment links, which is what students come all this way for."
Meanwhile, financial firm Nigel Lynn claim that the influx of top graduates from around the world has boosted the UK economy.
Steve Carter, managing director of Nigel Lynn, told onrec.com: "London has now overtaken New York as the number one global finance centre, attracting many highly skilled workers to the UK."