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Overseas Students

Volume 975: debated on Friday 7 December 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if, for the academic years 1977–78 and 1978–79, he will set out by nationality the numbers of overseas students in United Kingdom higher education establishments in cases where the numbers of each nationality exceed 1,000; and when such figures as are not at present available will become so.

The latest information which is available to my Department is for students in 1977–78, classified as "overseas" for fees purposes, studying at universities or on advanced courses at maintained, assisted and grant-aided establishment of higher and further education in the United Kingdom is set out below.

Country of originStudents
Commonwealth
Canada1,059
Cyprus1,044
Hong Kong2,244
India1,080
Malaysia9,095
Nigeria4,312
Singapore1,564
Sri Lanka1,602
Zimbabwe-Rhodesia1,001
Foreign
Greece2,461
Iran4,303
Iraq1,513
Turkey1,241
USA2,939

Information for 1978–79 will be available in about a month and I will write to my hon. Friend.