Wefan Gymraeg

Mark calls for scrapping of plans to restrict international student numbers

Mark Williams, Member of Parliament for Ceredigion and Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, has called for the Home Secretary to scrap plans to limit the number of genuine international students studying in the UK.

The Government’s proposals would limit the number of international students by tying them to a given institution and the supposed quality of the course.

Mark said “There are real worries throughout the Higher Education sector about this move, as well as here in Ceredigion.

“In Aberystwyth we benefit from 526 non-EU students from 62 countries, all of whom make a huge contribution to the university and to community life in Aberystwyth and the surrounding area.

“The UK is currently the world’s second most popular destination for international students, which shows how well regarded our universities are and the vast majority of people recognise the huge contribution that international students make.

“If the Government goes ahead with plans to reduce the number of international students in the UK, this will have a hugely negative impact on our universities, our communities and the UK’s international influence. I have written to the Home Secretary to urge her to reconsider the Government’s position and ensure that our universities continue to be some of the best regarded in the world and open to students from across the globe.”

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