Regulations perforated with errors, insist academic institutions
The institutions are, rather, of the opinion the regulations are perforated with errors and inconsistencies, are bureaucratic nonsense; and at stake is the British higher education sector’s international recruitment aims.
Quoting examples, the Times Higher Education says a young Chinese "leader of the future" with plans to get himself trained at a UK business school would be faced with the daunting task of filling up a 47-page application form, asking for details like support for terrorism.
It goes on to say the
The university earns substantial income and it is believed the course goes a long way in boosting UK-China relations. As of now, a vital part of the course is an unpaid internship in an EU country.
But under new immigration rules, any participant in the course planning on an internship in the
The principal lecturer in international business development at Manchester Metropolitan, Chris Thomas, says initially the UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) refused to support the programme on the ground the fresh set of regulations were too arduous.
He says the programme was saved after the EU Ambassador to
On the other hand, national lead for temporary migration at the UKBA Jeremy Oppenheim refutes that the new process is expensive, unwieldy and inappropriate.
The new system for students is simple and accessible and has been developed in close consultation with the education sector, through regular meetings of the Joint Education Task Force and the various representative bodies for higher and further education.
Prospective students wishing to study in the
Far from making the application process more complicated, under Tier 4 students are assessed against transparent and objective points tests, demonstrating that they have a place on a course and sufficient funds to maintain themselves, he asserts.