UK Government’s tough rhetoric and immigration measures are putting off international students, Nicola Dandridge, chief executive of Universities UK has said.
Universities UK is the umbrella group for higher education institutions in the UK.
Ms. Dandridge told The Guardian newspaper that the flurry of recent statements by senior ministers calling for a crackdown on "bogus students" had given the impression that overseas students were no longer welcome.
Many genuine students who feel unwelcome in the UK are now heading to countries like the US, Canada and Australia.
"We are concerned about the language and the atmosphere that is being created, not least because it plays very, very badly internationally," Ms. Dandridge told The Guardian. "Whatever the intentions of the politicians are … every time these sorts of comments are made by the home secretary or others it does have a potentially very damaging impact internationally."