We welcome the cross-party support from more than 100 MPs urging our Prime Minister to remove international students from net migration targets.
On International Students Day (Friday 17 November 2017), the #WeAreInternational campaign calls on the UK government to do this immediately and to increase opportunities for talented international graduates to remain in the UK once they complete their studies. The reintroduction of the two-year post-study work visa would not only allow international students to offset the cost of their studies and increase their employability when they return to their home countries – it would also bring crucial skills the UK economy desperately needs.
#WeAreInternational, now supported by more than 120 universities across the UK, is committed to welcoming international students and is proud and thankful for all they bring to our country.
We recognise the vital contribution that international students make to the facilities and research which underpin the reputation of the UK’s universities. Students who study in the UK make a contribution to our universities and cities which is much more than simply financial. They work in our hospitals, schools and businesses and volunteer for various charities. Years after they leave their adopted home cities, they are global ambassadors for the region, its people and the UK. They feel proud of the education and friendships they made here and we are proud that they go on to make the world a better place, working as scientists, engineers, doctors, nurses, teachers and leaders in more than 100 countries.
As the co-founder of the #WeAreInternational campaign, Professor Sir Keith Burnett said: “The #WeAreInternational campaign was founded in the spirit of treasuring universities as places of international exchange and mutual respect. We urge the UK government to recognise the vital economic, cultural and social contributions international students bring to our country, both in word and deed.”