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Universities UK welcomes report detailing impact of international graduates

Universities UK has responded to a joint report by the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) and Kaplan International Pathways (Kaplan) which explains the contribution from international students who graduate from university and remain in the UK to work.

In reply to this report (issued 21 March 2019) Alistair Jarvis, Chief Executive of Universities UK, said:

“International students contribute a huge amount to the UK, both economically, as this new research from HEPI and Kaplan shows, and culturally, by enriching the educational environment in our universities for all students.

“They play a vital role in combating skills shortages in key sectors – including science, engineering and nursing careers. This new research estimates that restrictions on post-study work introduced in 2012 are costing the UK £150 million a year.

“International students want to come and study in the UK, seeing the value of the high quality education our universities offer, but we are slipping behind our global competitors – Australia, New Zealand and Canada. The UK’s immigration system should reflect the extent to which we value international students’ contribution. While the government’s new International Education Strategy marks a step in the right direction, more should be done to send a welcoming message to international students. The government should extend the opportunities for graduates to work in the UK to at least two years.”

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