UK Universities have demanded that the Work Visas for overseas graduates must be reintroduced. This will permit them to reside and work in the UK for 2 years upon graduation. It will also offer the nation an advantage over the competitor nations, added the UK Universities.
The Work Visas will also help the UK to sustain the 450,000 overseas students. Out of these, 134,835 are from the EU, as quoted by the Guardian. The umbrella body of the sector Universities UK has even briefed the Parliament over the issue.
The briefing to the UK Parliament elaborates that the nation remains a highly renowned destination for overseas students. It attracts a large number of international students next only to the US.
Nevertheless, the arch-rivals of the UK such as Australia, the US, Germany, and France are growing at a higher rate than the nation. Australia, in fact, might have even overtaken the UK for the second position in the overseas studies market adds the briefing.
For 2015-16 the numbers of overseas students increased by 9.4% in the US. The increase was 10.7% in Australia and for Germany, it was 8.7%. However, the UK had a dismal increase of just 0.5%.
International Policy Network Chairman at Universities UK Sir Steve Smith said that the 2-years Work Visas are very much needed. These would be a crucial source of UK’s soft power after the Brexit, he added. It would also send a message to the remaining world that the UK is a welcoming nation, said Smith.
Sir Steve Smith added that the UK is at risk of losing its position as one among the top leaders in overseas education. The nation is witnessing a decrease in the numbers through the overseas education market is buoyant, he said.
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