Non-EU postgraduate numbers in UK fall for first time in 16 years

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The number of postgraduate students travelling from non-EU countries to study at UK universities has fallen for the first time in 16 years, fuelling fears that the government’s immigration crackdown is deterring thousands of the brightest students from continuing their studies in Britain.

Over recent years the number of non-EU postgraduates has risen annually by an average of more than 10%, but figures released by the Higher Education Statistical Agency (Hesa) show a 1% drop in enrolments in the 2011/12 academic year.

Jo Beall, British Council director of education and society, said the fall would be cause alarm among UK vice-chancellors. “The sector was expecting a decline in growth, but the actual reduction in postgraduate numbers is of real concern as international students make up the majority of numbers in many postgraduate courses and research teams in science, technology engineering and mathematics.

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