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30% of varsities considering move to set up campuses overseas

Proposed immigration laws could divest colleges of overseas students

20th January 2011: A day after Scottish Universities called for a separate policy on students’ visas, the government has been warned that the proposed new immigration laws could divest colleges of overseas students they depend on.
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A survey by the international law firm, Eversheds, has also found that the government’s proposal has resulted in colleges considering the feasibility of moving much of their international work overseas.

In fact, the survey suggests as many as 30 per cent varsities are considering the move to set up a campus overseas. The survey also found more than 90 per cent are of the view that increased collaboration with foreign colleges is expected.

The development is significant as the education sector brought in £42million in foreign earnings in 2008-9, according to the Learning and Skills Council.

As of now, the UK Government has come out with plans to apply brakes on immigration for below-degree level students. The Government also plans to limit work rights for students, and prohibit students from bringing their family along with them.

The UK Border Agency is currently holding a public consultation on the issue of planned restrictions. It has already led to the voicing of causing by the education industry across Britain.

Eversheds is also holding discussions on the matter with clients for ensuring that their concerns are placed before the UK Border Agency before a final decision on the new rules is taken. The consultation closes on 31 January.
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With just about 10 days to go before the Government’s consultation on Student Immigration comes to an end, people have already been urged to make their voices heard, as the “discriminatory and damageable measures” would have devastating effect for the “educational sector, the UK’s image and the moral compass”

Valerie Hartwich, convenor of the ‘Visiting artists and academics’ campaign of the Manifesto Club only recently asserted that the government is seeking to impose discriminatory and damageable measures because of a supposed mandate by its electorate.

`The effects could be devastating both for the educational sector, for the UK’s image and for our moral compass. Let’s make our voices heard by using the consultation and campaigning fiercely on this new front’.

The `Guest Post’ on the issue of `closing the door on international students in the UK’ has been published by the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants. Hartwich also writes the Free Movement blog at their website.

The post says the government only recently came out with the announcement that to achieve the target of reducing the number of migrants per year it needed to reduce the number of international students.

Hartwich asserted the prime `victims’ would be under degree levels individuals, already associated in the public mind with bogus students all because of the sensational stories carried by a section of the media.

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