Proposed immigration cap could lead to private colleges’ closure: think tank

New proposals may prevent international students at private colleges work part-time 9th June 2011: Attacking the government’s proposed immigration cap, leading liberal think tank CentreForum cautioned that the changes being brought about could eventually lead to the closure of private colleges.
An independent, liberal think tank seeking to develop evidence based, long term policy solutions to the problems facing Britain, CentreForum said international students at private colleges would find themselves unable to work part-time under the new proposals.

Only recently, Director and Chief Executive of CentreForum Chris Nicholson had asserted: "The government’s current proposals are destructive and short-sighted.

"International students make a hugely important contribution to Britain’s universities, yet the Home Office’s proposals would effectively bar thousands of them from spending their study time and money here. These students provide an immense financial, cultural and academic contribution to Britain’s universities. It is economic madness crudely to restrict student numbers in this haphazard way.

"It is right to crack down on bogus colleges, but simplistically hiking the English language requirement prevents British universities from attracting some of the very best international students – especially those studying maths, engineering and the sciences”.
Calling for a smarter approach, he had asserted: "Instead of using the inappropriate indicator of language proficiency to judge a student’s capability and commitment, the Government should adopt a smarter approach.

“It should streamline the currently chaotic accreditation system and if necessary require international students to make a substantial financial deposit when arriving in the UK. This would tackle bogus colleges while maintaining the UK’s position as a world-leader in higher education."

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