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UK: British universities ditch Libyan deals

A string of universities said they had pulled out of a deal with Tripoli to train hundreds of health workers, writes Michael Howie for The Telegraph. The disclosure came as official statistics showed virtually every university in Britain is being paid by the Libyan government to educate students.

The 110 institutions registered a total of 2,880 students from Libya last year, including judges and police officers - part of Gaddafi's feared security network. Five universities last night said they had pulled out of a deal with Libya to train 300 health workers, believed to be nurses, each year. Manchester Metropolitan, Teesside, Liverpool John Moores, Glamorgan and Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh had been in talks with Libya's Ministry of Health over a deal worth an estimated £4 million (US$6.4 million).

Ending lucrative dealings with the Gaddafi regime will hit some universities hard.

Official figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency show 112 universities had Libyan students last year in deals which the government body UK Trade and Investment claimed were worth £160 million. Most are postgraduates, with universities free to charge huge fees for non-European Union students.
Full report on The Telegraph site
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