Higher education institutions express concern over cap
6th October 2010: After political figureheads, businesses and law firms, even institutions offering higher education in the UK have expressed concern over immigration cap.
The institutions believe a cap on tier 2 — the main route for international academics — would make poor the cosmopolitan nature of the education sector by reducing the hiring of new non-EEA professors and number of visas renewals.
Besides this, countries benefit from sharing research and knowledge at an international level.
According to “OurKingdom —power and liberty in Britain”, an academic at Imperial college, London, expressed his concerns on the limit.
Professor Adrian Sutton, head of the Condensed Matter Theory group at Imperial, said higher education was a global sector. Moreover, research relied on international collaborations; and knowledge knew no borders.
More than a few academics instruct in foreign countries, and more and more international students choose to study in foreign lands for widening their horizons and to take advantage of the best possible education.
Otherwise also, the cap on international students would only worsen the situation for universities already worried by budget cuts. Their capacity to provide high quality education, good infrastructures to students, and low fees for home and EU individuals largely depends on the fees paid by non-EEA nationals.
In fact, the fee is estimated between £5.3bn and £8bn annually by the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants.
As such, the need of the hour was to come out with a solution, lest the consequences are severe; and effect is seen on excellence in research and teaching.