“Taking students out of the net migration target is not about fiddling the figures”
In light of the recent and long-awaited MAC report, director of Universities UK International Vivienne Stern says that the UK’s stagnant growth in international student enrolments has been an “active policy choice” and highlights the need for a clear, compelling and competitive post-study work offer.
Last week’s report by the Migration Advisory Committee confirmed what many of us in the university sector have long argued – that the benefits international students bring to the UK are enormous. The MAC team should be congratulated on some excellent analysis. But their conclusions were disappointing.
Now, attention has turned to the government response, and I believe there is a live debate between departments about whether to accept the MAC recommendations or go further.
The government should have the courage to do so.