UK: Wales helps stranded Tasmac students

The University of Wales has set up an email helpline to assist hundreds of students from a London college that closed suddenly, reports the BBC. Tasmac London School of Business awarded degrees validated by the Welsh university until it ceased trading. Many of the 650 overseas students had paid thousands of pounds in fees to the private college before it went under.

The University of Wales said it was working to transfer the students onto courses at other partner colleges. Students on the courses came from countries including India, Nigeria, Cameroon, Syria, Egypt and Ukraine, with the largest group from Nepal. Sameer Dua, who was the joint managing director of Tasmac UK business school, said the decision to close was the result of changes in UK visa regulations brought in by the UK Borders Agency.

The collapse of Tasmac college is the latest difficulty faced by the university. New Vice-chancellor Medwin Hughes announced last week that the university would stop validating degrees in the UK or overseas. A separate BBC investigation uncovered a scam where overseas students were helped to cheat their way to University of Wales-validated degrees and visas.
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