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Autumn statement nods to science

But the growth of international higher education holds greater prospects for British universities, writes Alison Goddard.

At 11:15 this morning the chancellor of the exchequer, George Osborne, is due to make his autumn statement to the Commons. Much of its contents have already been revealled, as the BBC acknowledges. Yesterday evening, @George_Osborne tweeted: "Science is a priority in autumn statement. Been meeting eminent physicists in No11 to announce £270 million investment in quantum technology." The Financial Times reports that the investment will be spread over five years and will (£) pay for a network of five research centres. It also raises the prospect of the UK being (£) back in the black in 2019.

Also this morning a seminar on implementing the international education industrial strategy, organised by Westminster Forum, will be held in London. The international student market is predicted to grow from 3.04 million in 2011 to 3.85 million in 2024, and the UK attracts more international students than any other country other than the US. Higher education is not only a big export industry for the UK, it is also a valuable cultural asset. 

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