The UK High Commissioner Sir James Bevan has called on more students from India to take advantage of the fantastic education on offer at institutions throughout Great Britain.
In a speech at the University of Delhi, Sir James gave a number of reasons as to why Indian students should consider continuing their education overseas, listing the quality of teaching and research as well as the food and cultural attractions.
The pitch came as a result of the growing fears surrounding the ease of getting a visa in order to study in the UK. It is believed the tougher system is driving away potential overseas students, which could have a detrimental effect on the economy.
However, Sir James aimed to quell these fears, noting that visas are “not a problem” when trying to study in the UK.
“We want the world’s best and brightest, we have set no limit on the numbers of foreign students who can come to Britain. No limit. So if you are a genuine student with a place at a UK university, you will get your visa,” he said.
There was a drop in the number of Indian students pursuing higher education in the UK during 2011-12, falling by almost a quarter.
It is also believed that the value of the rupee is stopping some students from travelling to universities in Great Britain.
In addition to the excellent educational facilities and staff in the UK, Sir James also noted that the country is home to James Bond, pop music and Grand Theft Auto – which he claims to have played himself on some occasions.
He also claimed that Indian food in London is some of the best in the world, referencing a previous statement by regional Indian cuisine pioneer Camellia Panjabi.
“We want you. We in the UK want the world’s best and brightest to come and study in our country…there’s a global competition for the best and brightest: you students here are in that category. We want you in Britain,” Sir James reiterated.
Of course, with the increase in overseas students comes the need for more long-term bedspace. Investment in student accommodation could therefore be lucrative, especially as the UK expects more foreign students to arrive in the coming years, increasing the competition for available bespoke rooms.