September 2018

John Bramwell, Acting Director of Education, British Council said:

‘The MAC review presents improvements in opportunities for international students in the UK and can contribute towards building secure collaboration over the long-term. 

As has been shown by the open and progressive strategies of Australia and Germany, and the ambitious strategies of China and Singapore, clear and welcoming messages to international students and higher education partners can reap significant economic and social benefits.

There remain opportunities not yet fulfilled by the MAC outcomes. Many overseas sponsors of international students, including the parents of those choosing to study outside of their home country, will need reassurance that these proposals can offer significant benefits, particularly in comparison with other choices they can make.

We hope therefore that the UK will continue to look at the benefits of international students and seek to embed the outcomes of their study and research within the UK.’

Read the British Council response to the Migration Advisory Committee Call For Evidence.