Tag: International

Universities Scotland responds to the Migration Advisory Committee’s report on the Graduate Route for international students  

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has today, published its report evaluating the Graduate Route, as part of student immigration, as commissioned by the UK Government earlier this year. The key recommendation, one of six in the report, is that the Graduate Route should be retained in its current form. The MAC was asked to review…

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Joint letter warns of risks to Scottish economy if migrations rules are tightened

We, with Scottish Cities Alliance, have written to Prime Minister Rishi Sunak regarding our concerns of the Migration Advisory Committee’s (MAC) review of the graduate route, and the implications increased migration controls would have on international students. We emphasise that the economic benefits that international students bring to Scotland go far beyond universities as they…

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Scotland’s universities demonstrate integrity in international recruitment with adoption of the UK Agent Quality Framework

17 of Scotland’s universities and higher education institutions have pledged adoption of the UK Agent Quality Framework, making a strong commitment to integrity and transparency in the use of international agents. The move seeks to uphold the highest standards in international recruitment and therefore reassure prospective and current students, the public and politicians, where universities’…

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International links: importance and strengthening of Scotland’s relationships

Ela Kossakowska, our Connected Scotland project officer, has written a blog about the event Universities Scotland hosted with the Scottish Universities International Group (SUIG) at Scotland House, with the aim of building and strengthening Scotland’s international relationships. Connected Scotland and SUIG once again invited education and culture attaches and sponsors to Scotland House in London…

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International students critically important for Scottish jobs, growth and global ambitions

International students have contributed between £4-6 billion to Scottish economy. The graduate route is a win-win for international students and the UK. The MAC’s planned review of the Graduate Route visa must retain an internationally attractive post-study work route in the UK. Since 2019, the presence of international students in Scotland, supported by the Graduate…

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Scotland’s first International Education Strategy: developing positive links

Today, the Scottish Government launched Scotland’s first International Education Strategy at Edinburgh Napier University. We warmly welcome this announcement, which will allow Scotland’s world-leading universities to continue to thrive internationally and develop the contribution of universities to the Scottish society. Our International Committee Convener, Professor Andrea Nolan has said: “This Strategy has been highly anticipated…

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Global international higher education event comes to Scotland

Some 400 higher education leaders from around the world will debate the future of international higher education at an event in Edinburgh this week. Going Global, organised by the British Council, will focus on the increasing demand across the world for higher and further education. The event will address how the sector can better tackle…

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Success for Team Scotland in Paris this weekend

Over the weekend, Universities Scotland’s International team, Ela Kossakowska and Dr David Donaldson attended L’Etudiant Study Abroad Fair in Paris, representing the Scottish higher education sector. They have shared insights into the successful Fair and highlighted the importance of international partnerships and students for Scotland. With the eyes of Scotland focussed on Paris on Saturday,…

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International collaboration to continue under Horizon Europe deal

Universities Scotland “delighted” by UK’s return to Horizon Europe Universities Scotland have welcomed today’s announcement that the UK will associate to the Horizon Europe and Copernicus programmes for the remainder of this programme (until 2027). Horizon Europe is the EU’s key funding programme for research and innovation with a budget of €95.5 billion. Over the…

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Principals welcome progress on association to Horizon Europe and urge the Prime Minister to bring back a deal

Three leading Principals of Scotland’s universities have written jointly to the Prime Minister to welcome his Government’s work to reach the final stages of a deal on the UK’s association to the Horizon Europe programme. Speculation has been growing that the Prime Minister is set to finalise a proposal over the weekend, to then be…

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