Michael Arthur, British High Commissioner on studying in the UK.
On your website you mention that over 12,000 Indian students are in the UK at present and that you are working hard to increase that number. You further say that both countries will benefit from that interaction. Can you elaborate? Is the benefit to the UK more in terms of revenue?
We are being enriched by the fresh perspective foreign students bring and the opportunities for mutual understanding. A surge in student numbers adds to the intellectual capital available to UK institutions, particularly at the postgraduate level.
Regarding the cost factor, the difference between what is paid by the local and overseas students is being reduced by plans to triple the amount charged from UK students.
On the expanding scholarship front, the UK has announced a new £10m initiative – Dorothy Hodgkin Scholarship -- to bring outstanding students from India, China, Hong Kong, Russia and developing countries, to the UK to pursue Ph.Ds.
The Dorothy Hodgkin Postgraduate Awards are open to science, engineering, medicine, social sciences and technology students. In October 2004, about 130 students will receive fully-funded scholarships from the first tranche of awards.
Details on www.rcuk.ac.uk
Interviewed by Rahat Bano