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UK: private colleges questioned in £8m fraud

The UK’s Universities & Science Minister David Willetts has today announced in a written statement that £8m was paid in maintenance loans to potentially bogus EU students at Alternative Providers (APs) and is threatening legal action against private colleges found to be involved.

New BC scheme wants 15,000 Brits in China

A campaign to encourage and enable UK students to gain studying or internship experience in China was launched this week by the British Council, with an ambition to see at least 15,000 UK students in China by September 2016. Funded study and intern opportunities will be up for grabs, with a university roadshow planned to promote this and the wider importance of gaining China experience.

UK: Willetts wants to redefine net migration

In a letter leaked to the Daily Mail, UK minister for universities, David Willetts has argued that international students should be removed from net migration figures to prevent a dwindling of legitimate students coming to the UK. The revelation puts him at odds with fellow cabinet members who want to slash student visas by 2015.