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Indian student numbers at UK universities fall further


The number of Indian students enrolling to study at UK universities continued its downward trend last year, apparently due to scrapping of the post-study work visas, according to new statistics released on Thursday.

The number of Indian first-year enrolments at UK varsities fell by 10% - from 11,270 to 10,125 -, the figures released by Higher Education Statistics Agency showed.

That meant that the US overtook India on the list of countries that are the biggest sources of UK university first-year enrolments from outside the European Union (EU), edging into second place behind China.

"We could be doing better than this. It is essential that the UK government presents a welcoming climate for genuine international students and academics and ensures that visa and immigration rules are proportionate and communicated appropriately," said Dame Julia Goodfellow, Universities UK president and University of Kent vice-chancellor.

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