British universities recruited more than 50,000 international students through commission payments to overseas agents last year, spending close to £60 million (US$93 million) on the practice in 2010-11, a Times Higher Education investigation has found, writes David Matthews.
Using data obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, Times Higher Education found that 100 universities enrolled 51,027 students in 2011, or the nearest recorded period, via a process involving agents paid on a commission basis. This represents a significant proportion of all international students in Britain. In 2010-11, 174,225 non-European Union students enrolled on higher education courses in the country, according to the Higher Education Statistics Agency.
Full report on the Times Higher Education site
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