Andrew Hamilton, Oxford University’s Vice-Chancellor who visited India this March, is warning that the scrapping of the post-study work visa may deter foreign student enrolments and is reaching out to the Indian community in particular not to be deterred.
There are currently about 350 Indian students at Oxford University, most of them post-graduates and moves to cut immigration mean it will be harder for an overseas student to stay in the UK after their course ends. Some 70,000 fewer student visas are estimated to be issued. Only those offered a job with a recognised employer will be able to stay on.
However, The University is desperately trying to reassure prospective students that Oxford is still among the best Universities to study in the world.
UK Immigration Minister Damian Green MP said the UK had to be selective about the International students entering the UK, choosing only the brightest and the best. He also highlighted that there remain opportunities to work after degree completion through the new Graduate Entrepreneur Scheme.
It is unlikely says Prajwal Parajuly, Oxford student and author of The Gurkha’s Daughter, that the kind of international students that Oxford University attracts, “Would be discouraged to apply simply because of changes in the visa rules”.
Oxford University has a global reputation for excellence, and a qualification gained from the University is recognised all over the world. Many graduates, both foreign and domestic, go on to some of the world’s finest organisations and governments.
Some of Oxford’s international alumni include the world’s longest serving female Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi, the Prime Minister of India for three consecutive terms (1966-1977) and for a fourth in the 1980s; and the current Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh.
Oxford University has a long and distinguished history with India and The Oxford University Press celebrates its centenary with India this year. In 1912, the OUP established its first Indian office in Mumbai. In the growing Indian education market, OUP India has grown to be considered as the foremost publisher of school textbooks.
Oxford University has helpfully provided a guide for students wishing to apply from India. Click here for details: http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/postgraduate_courses/about_the_university...
Prajwal Parajuly’s book, The Gurkha’s Daughter, is due to be published in December this year:
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