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Japa: UK Universities Battle Financial Shortage As Nigeria, India Students Reduce



A number of the universities in the United Kingdom, UK, face bankruptcy as the numbers of international students from India and Nigeria – the most populous countries in Asia and Africa respectively – have declined.

This might not be unconnected with UK policy that bans foreign students from bringing their dependants (that is spouses and children).

In 2023, data revealed that India and Nigeria had the highest numbers of immigrants to the UK with 253,000 and 141,000 respectively.

With the policy in place, which Prime Minister Rishi Sunak-led government implemented to cut migration, it is understood that Indians and Nigerians are looking to other destinations that provide education and accommodation for their families.

Meanwhile, the UK’s policy is taking its toll on the universities as they deal with financial crises, according to The Times, disclosing that about 15 universities currently considering cutting jobs, and courses this academic year.

The report said many more have announced cost-saving plans that could lead to redundancies or courses being scrapped to save tens of millions.

Aside from the decrease in the number of non-research degrees students barred from bringing their families to the UK, the Home Secretary, James Cleverly also suggested that visas which allow students to work in Britain for two or three years after graduation should be scrapped.

Currently, students face fewer teaching staff, lower quality, and fewer options as universities struggle to reduce costs in response to a reduction in the number of wealthy foreign students.

University authorities have therefore warned of “really difficult” cuts, such as stopping entire courses and laying off academic staff, as a loss of one-third of international students threatens to put several institutions into the red.

Also, The Times disclosed that Nigeria’s economic crises might have caused a collapse in applications to UK universities while Indian students are also being deterred as the government cracks down on visas.

Tuition rates have effectively been unchanged for more than a decade, and with most colleges now losing money on domestic students, they have offset their losses with international students who pay significantly more.

Over the last four years, numbers have increased by 60%, reaching 560,000.

However, early acceptance data predicts a 37% decline in overseas admissions in the coming fiscal year.

Data from Nigeria will be down 71% after a sevenfold increase in enrolments in four years saw the country overtake the entire EU with 33,000 students at British universities.

Bankruptcy in UK universities
Speaking about the crisis, the Executive Secretary of the Committee of University Chairs, John Rushforth said, “I’ve been in higher education for 30 years and senior leaders are more worried than I’ve ever seen them … bankruptcy is a realistic possibility for some institutions and universities are having to do really difficult things to stave that off. 

“Taking fewer British students is a last resort but if you’re making a loss on something people have to consider it. Everything has got to be looked at because the situation is so serious.

“Universities have to think hard about what they want to protect and make choices about divesting themselves of things that are not core to the institution. There will be less choice for students. A lot of institutions have introduced lots of modules so that students can pick and choose. That’s expensive, so it may be that you go back to more generic courses.  Fundamentally, either you have to increase income, or you reduce quality or volume.”

Universities to stop some courses
In the bid to discontinue some courses, humanities subjects and languages are bearing the weight of the losses.

The University of Kent has just disclosed plans to discontinue nine courses, including philosophy, contemporary languages, and comparative literature, while Aberdeen is scrapping single honors language degrees, and Winchester is discontinuing numerous humanities courses.

Oxford Brookes is dropping music and reducing its history department, while several other universities are planning unspecified cost cuts.

Impact of foreign students from Nigeria
Northumbria University, Newcastle is among those to have cited economic turmoil in Nigeria, whose currency has collapsed against the pound, for the need to make cuts in the face of a “very sudden reduction of the number of students” coming from the country. 

A spokesman for Northumbria University said, “The university’s financial position was very strong but the current financial outlook is weaker than anticipated.”

“This is a consequence of a combination of fixed home undergraduate fees, difficulties around recruitment of international students, and the ongoing impact of inflation.”

Corroborating the submission, Rachel Hewitt, chief executive of MillionPlus, the group for newer universities, said, “The economic crisis in Nigeria presents difficulties for any university seeking to recruit from that country.

“The existing tuition fee model coupled with high inflation has seen their income fall year on year, meaning institutions have to make difficult choices and do more with less.”

According to the report from The Times, she also blamed ministers, saying, “It is impossible to imagine the government going out of its way to make Britain less inviting to investment in almost any other sector and yet every negative headline and policy reform that makes Britain less attractive to international students damages both the higher education sector and UK plc.”

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15 UK Univarsities To Layoff Workers, As Enrolment By Nigerians, Others Dwindle



No fewer than 15 universities in the United Kingdom have announced plans yo sack some workers and even stop running some courses because of the sharp decline in enrolment by foreign students including Nigerians.

According to a report by University World News, the sharp decline in foreign students enrolment was particularly felt at the postgraduate level.

The development is also connected to the decision by the Uk government to reduce international students, as some concessions given them that level have been whittled down.

Also, there are concerns too that the high cost of living being experienced globally may negatively affect enrolment of foreign students at the undergraduate level. 

From the prestigious Russell Group Universities to mid-tier universities and Scottish institutions, the current situation is not sparing most universities.

Robert Gordon University (RGU) recently introduced a voluntary severance scheme in the face of staff redundancy due to its financial difficulties as a result of a notable decline in international student enrollments, a consequence of post-Brexit alterations in UK immigration policies.

RGU cited escalating cost pressures and a considerable reduction in public funding as contributing factors.

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N5.3million Monthly Can’t Sustain My Family – Nigerian Nurse In UK Cries Out Over Insufficient Salary



In her video, the nurse revealed that her monthly salary as a band five nurse amounts to £2,767 (equivalent to approximately N5.3 million).

A Nigerian nurse based in the United Kingdom by name Wemimo has taken to social media to lament over her salary.

She revealed that her salary is not enough to sustain her.

Wemimo revealed that she earns £2,767 (equivalent to approximately N5.3 million) monthly but finds it difficult to sustain her life with that.

She lamented that after taxes and other various deductions, she’s left with just £1,973 (equivalent to approximately N3.8 million).

She pointed out the prevalent misconception among some husbands that their wives’ nursing salaries suffice for the family’s needs.

In her words;

“It’s high time men in the diaspora whose wives are Nurses step up and start helping in the family. I don’t think I have seen any family surviving on one income in the UK.”

Netizens Reactions:

@Figer Walata said; “A lot of people make more money than nurses. Business analysts.”

@Jennifer Chino said; “Nursing career is just name. Most HCA receive more then the nurses.”

@Mrs K said; “I am a team leader in a care home and I bring home £2500 after tax and other deductions….all nurses should be considering care homes not NHS.”

@nelsongarande said; “I am in Africa, December alone my hustle made me in excess of US$7 000 and I finished my house, yet we still want to find a way to come to the UK, crazy.”


It’s high time men in diaspora whose wives are Nurses step up and start helping in the family. I don’t think I have seen any family surviving on one income in the UK. #nursesoftiktok #nursesalary #nhsagendaforchange #africanmenindiaspora #nigwriannursesintheuk #nurseswages #getsidehustle #nursingjobisnoteasy #carehomenursesinuk #wardnurselife #nigeriansintheuk🇬🇧🇬🇧

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Canada To Restrict Study Permits Of International Students To 2.92 Lakh in 2024



In an attempt to manage “unsustainable growth” in its international student program, the Justin Trudeau government in Canada has set a cap on study permit applications. Canada plans to issue approximately 292,000 study permits for college and undergraduate international students in 2024, as per the recent revelations by Canada’s Immigration Minister, Marc Miller.

Initially, a cap of around 360,000 was set, intending a 35% reduction in approved study permit numbers over the subsequent two years. 

Yet, Minister Miller has clarified that his statutory authority does not cover limiting the approved visas but only the applications processed by Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). “I can only cap the applications and not the actual issuance of visas,” Miller said.

The cap was designed to control intake levels in accordance with the population across Canada. Excluding primary, secondary school, and university programs at master’s and doctorate level, it results in an estimated 360,000 approved study permits for the year 2024, considering a 60 percent approval rate.

The responsibility of study permit cap implementation lies with the provincial governments, which are expected by IRCC to issue Provincial Attestation Letters (PALs) to eligible international students.  New applicants now require both a letter of acceptance (LOA) and a PAL from Designated Learning Institutions (DLIs) in each province.

Thus far, only British Columbia and Alberta have announced their systems for issuing PALs. Students who meet the eligibility criteria can apply for PALs through their DLIs and approach the provincial government. 

The federal government has given a deadline of March 31, 2024, for all provincial governments to put up and enforce their PAL delivery systems, indicating a significant change in the scenario for international students wishing to study in Canada.  

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