Former universities minister also recommends that UK prioritises recruitment from India to remain competitive after pandemic

The UK should introduce a four-year post-study work visa and a target to double the number of Indian students, if it is to remain competitive in global international student recruitment after Covid-19 and Brexit, according to former universities minister Jo Johnson.

In a new report, Universities open to the world: How to put the bounce back in Global Britain, Mr Johnson says that “universities have been the victim of competing and conflicting government policy objectives in Westminster over much of the last decade”, which have included increasing education exports as well as managing down overseas student numbers “in a misguided attempt to reduce overall net migration to below 100,000”.

Read more : Ellie Bothwell : Times Higher Education : 15 June 2020