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Skidmore: Time for fresh international education strategy

Former universities minister calls for competitive visas and more ambitious recruitment targets

The UK needs a new International Education Strategy to set more ambitious targets for international student recruitment and to ensure that post-study work visas for graduates compete with those on offer in other countries, a former universities and science minister has said.

Chris Skidmore, who held the higher education ministerial brief twice between 2018 and 2020, said that a fresh strategy is required as circumstances in other nations—including the US, Canada and Australia—could potentially make them more attractive to international students.

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