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September 14, 2012

UK Govt assailed over London Met's visa licence revocation

     London: The UK has failed in its duty towards overseas students who have been affected by the decision to revoke London Metropolitan University's visa sponsor licence. Professor Eric Thomas, President of Universities UK (UUK), asked how the UK would have reacted if their own sons and daughters faced a similar situation in another country. "I have had no rational explanation of how that fulfilled our duties to them as human beings never mind as students," the Daily Star quoted Thomas, as saying. "Everyone involved in this needs to remind themselves that families have paid for these courses and that, for these students, this is one of their major lifetime chances. Let's all ponder on how we would have reacted if that had happened to our sons and daughters in a foreign country," he added. His comments came as Universities Minister David Willetts announced a 2 million pound fund to support London Met's international students who must now transfer to another university. The UK Border Agency (UKBA) at the end of August revoked London Met's highly trusted status for sponsoring international students after it found more than a quarter of a sample of its students did not have permission to stay in the country, the paper said.
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