UK: Universities recruit more foreigners to earn cash

Research by The Sunday Telegraph has revealed that nearly a quarter of universities in England, including Cambridge, plan to recruit more international students for the academic year which begins in the autumn, while their number of home students will fall or remain static, write David Barrett and Rebecca Lefort.

Out of 26 institutions which responded to a survey, six were budgeting for fewer British and EU students, or the same number as last year, while at the same time planning to offer places to more students from outside the EU.

Cambridge disclosed that it will make 2,991 offers to A-level students for 2011-12 compared with 3,180 in the current academic year. Yet it proposes offering 62 extra places to international students bringing its total to 907. Universities may be increasingly turning to the overseas market - where students can pay tens of thousands of pounds for a place - to make up expected budget shortfalls in the 2011-12 academic year, before the controversial new tuition fees come into force in September 2012.
Full report on The Telegraph site