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Curbing international students ‘a mistake’, says UUK

Vice-chancellors' group Universities UK has stressed the importance of international students to the UK economy in an open letter in The Times newspaper.

In the letter published on 29 August, Julia Goodfellow, president of UUK, highlighted the significant contribution that international students make to the UK economy, as well as their academic and cultural contribution to university campuses across the UK.

Goodfellow wrote that international students from outside the European Union make a £7-billion contribution to the UK economy and “enrich our campuses and the experience of UK students”. She added that studies suggest that the UK public did not consider international students to be long-term migrants, but “valuable, temporary visitors”.

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