A private Indian university has announced plans to open a campus for 15,000 foreign students in London. According to the Independent today, Amity University has said it hopes to attract the brightest students and academics from around the world to its new residential campus in the UK. It is understood that if the proposals go ahead the campus could cost up to £100 million.
The plans have received support from the Mayor of London Boris Johnson, who is currently touring India to promote links with the UK. He and others have expressed concerns over the current student visa regime, which is placing an increasing number of restrictions on students during and post study. Notably the Tier 1 (Post Study Work) visa category is now closed to new applicants, meaning that non-EEA students will need to secure a job with a licenced sponsor and apply for a Tier 2 (General) visa in order to work in the UK after they have completed their course. The closure of Tier 1 (Post Study) has been criticised by some universities for putting foreign students off studying here.
In the wake of some universities having their sponsorship licences suspended or revoked, it is promising to see that the UK is still seen by some as an attractive place to study.