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UK: Lords want PSW to stop STEM decline

The UK's "unwelcoming" immigration policy is largely to blame for an unprecedented fall in the number of incoming international STEM students, a House of Lords report has concluded. The Lords have called for a "simpler" immigration policy that excludes overseas students from net migration figures and the reinstatement of the post-study work visa.

Global final of F1 in Schools boosts STEM interest

Teams from 22 countries competed in a scaled Formula One race in the USA last week, which involved the design, construction and presentation of scale-model replica cars. The event aims to encourage students to use IT to learn about subjects including physics, aerodynamics, marketing and financial strategy.

Foreign STEM graduates vital to US economy

International students account for almost two thirds of graduate students in key science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields in the US, however a slowdown in enrolments could be putting the economy at risk, a new report shows. The National Foundation for American Policy (NFAP) study also says that international students offer the US important cultural benefits.

US, Mexico announce bilateral HE forum

Increasing student exchange between Mexico and the USA trumped drug trafficking and immigration on US President Barack Obama's agenda during his visit to Mexico last week. Mexico ranks 9th in places of origin of international students to the US, considerably lower than other big trade partners such as China and Canada.

US: 5,000 more visas for STEM graduates

A bipartisan group of the US senate has released its long awaited draft bill on overhauling the US immigration system. While the bill offers pros and cons for international students, educators will welcome a concession to increase the amount of employment-based visas for individuals holding graduate degrees in science fields by 5,000.

US: consensus grows for STEM green cards

The White House and Senate are reaching common ground on the issue of post-study work rights for foreign students. A week after his second inauguration, US President Barack Obama outlined plans to fast-track green cards for skilled science graduates of US universities, with a bipartisan group of senators unveiling similar proposals days earlier.