Chinese fill up more postgrad posts in UK

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 27 January, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 27 January, 2007, 12:00am

About 20 per cent of postgraduate students at some universities in Britain are now Chinese with institutions visiting the mainland up to six times a year to recruit, a new survey has shown.

The study of more than 50 universities found each institute had about 550 mainland students on average, representing 4.5 per cent of the total student population.

However, this figure increased dramatically among the postgraduate student population, according to the survey by the British universities website,

It found mainland students represented 20 per cent or more of postgraduate students at Leicester, Loughborough and Stirling. The most popular universities were Manchester, Warwick, Nottingham, Northumbria and Imperial College London.

Director of education marketing at the British Council's Beijing office, Jazreel Goh Yeun-yeun, said the number of undergraduate places at mainland universities had increased in recent years, creating a larger pool of potential postgraduate candidates.

'Because it's getting more competitive in the jobs market, many of them want to get a competitive edge and look to countries like Britain to do their postgraduate programmes,' she said.

The University of Bath has boosted its scholarship scheme for international students, with GBP240,000 (HK$3.7 million) now available for students from outside the European Union.

This represents a 17 per cent increase in the level of funding available to students applying for full-time undergraduate or masters courses beginning in September.

A total of 80 scholarships worth GBP3,000 each will be awarded to 'academically excellent' students.