UK politicians are the reason for drop in Indian students: blames Cambridge University chief

The unwelcoming image of Britain among overseas students, particularly Indians has caused concern to Leszek Borysiewicz, the Vice chancellor of the prestigious Cambridge University.

He has warned political authorities of UK for the decline of the number of students coming to the UK to pursue their higher education.

Most recent UK Office of National Statistics (ONS) data had indicated a sharp drop in foreign student numbers coming to study at UK universities, with Indians dropping by 38 percent between 2011 and 2012, and those from Pakistan by 62 percent.

Cambridge University

Cambridge University

In an interview with the ‘Guardian’ newspaper, Borysiewicz said he “abhorred” the idea of a strict net migration target, set by ministers at 100,000 a year, saying numbers “hide the true potential benefit that people coming to Britain can actually have”.

“When I think of how my parents were welcomed to this country, I find that actually quite saddening. I do feel we are an open, democratic country and we should be setting the standards for the rest of the world, not hindering them,” said Borysiewicz, the Welsh-born son of Polish immigrants.

Sharanya Bharathwaj