Ministers woo Latin American students

Two British ministers are mounting a charm offensive in Latin America in an attempt to attract potential students to universities in the United Kingdom. Business Secretary Vince Cable and Universities Minister David Willetts were to travel to the emerging economies of Brazil, Mexico and Colombia last Monday, writes Hannah Richardson for the BBC.

UK universities have seen big falls in the number of students from countries such as India, which have traditionally been the biggest players. Many blame tighter student visa rules. UK universities are increasingly reliant on the income they command from the higher fees charged to non-European Union students. And many have been concerned about a fall in international recruitment after a crackdown on immigration.

Now ministers are turning to Latin America to attract students to study for an undergraduate degree or a PhD in one of the UK's world-leading universities.
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