Indian applications to the UK universities register a 36% hike
UK’s centralized university application system, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), noticed a total of 4,470 Indian students and a hike a 36% in applications for undergraduate courses in UK universities later this year. Despite Theresa May’s tough stance on immigration for students to study in the UK, the figures are a good news.
Although these figures do not reflect the number of applicants already making it to the UK universities, they, however, show Indian students’ interest in the UK as a study abroad destination.
The UCAS figures also revealed a hike in EU students registering to UK universities. An overall of more than 1,00,000 EU and non-EU students have applied for enrollment at UK universities.
Citing the reason for this hike, Helen Thorne, UCAS Director of External Relations said,
“The UK’s universities are highly popular with EU and international students because of the quality of the teaching and experience they offer. There are probably several factors influencing the increasing numbers of applicants from the EU and beyond.”
British PM Theresa May was seen getting softer on immigration stance. She said, There was a lot of abuse taking place in college something like 900 colleges can no longer bring in overseas students because all too often they were being brought in to work, rather than for education,” she said.”Once you see that abuse out of the system, students coming in for the period of their education and then leaving actually wash through the numbers they don’t have a long-term impact on the numbers.”
“The treating of students as immigrants leads to negative perceptions in India of the UK’s restrictive visa regime. There is no justification for seeking to reduce numbers of international students,” said Lord Karan Bilimoria, Indian- origin entrepreneur and Chancellor of the University of Birmingham. Even Indian ministers and diplomats are of the opinion that the UK government should maintain a welcoming immigration stance for Indian students.