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Independent Scotland would offer PSW

Scotland has announced plans to re-introduce the post-study work visa enabling international students to work in the UK for two years post-graduation, should it become independent from the UK. The proposal is included in a white paper outlining plans for Scottish independence, 'Scotland's Future'.

Indonesian tie-ups for UK universities

Collaborations between HE institutions in the UK and Indonesia were fortified last month at the Science and Innovation Conference in Jakarta, and UK and Indonesian universities will co-bid for seed funding for development projects. In the same week, the UK's GREAT campaign was rolled out in the country by the Duke of York.

Scottish push to highlight soft power value

International students add “immeasurable cultural and social value” to Scotland, according to a new report from Universities Scotland, Richer for It, which was produced and released this week. The report will be taken to Westminster to highlight the non-financial value of international education.

Scotland: Double Mandarin qualifications by 2017

A group of Scottish MSPs have called for an increase in Mandarin language teaching across all school levels as part of a larger plan to increase trade opportunities for Scottish business in China and encourage more Chinese investment in Scottish industry and infrastructure. As of now, there are just six public high schools that offer Chinese language courses.

MOU between Scottish and Korean universities

Universities in Scotland and South Korea have signed a memorandum of understanding to foster closer academic ties. The agreement between Universities Scotland and the Korean Council for University Education could lead to collaboration over student mobility, dual degrees and joint research.

Scotland to offer study abroad scholarships

Scotland is the latest country to invest in scholarships to encourage outbound study abroad, with Scottish universities, colleges and student organisations now having access to UK£130,000 to fund such projects. This is in addition to a scheme to encourage Scots to study in China and an established inbound initiative under the same Saltire scheme.

35% of UK HE fees from non-EU

Thirty-five per cent of tuition fee income at UK universities came from non-EU students last year, according to new figures from HESA. Of the total £8.3 billion taken in fees by universities in 2010-11, £2.9 billion was paid by students from outside the EU. This is up from £1.5 billion five years ago.