Reporter 414, 9 February 1998

Helping hand for ‘tiger’ victims

The University is taking a sympathetic line with students from the crisis-ridden ‘tiger economies’ of South-East Asia. Arrangements are being made for those suffering genuine hardship to reschedule payment of tuition and accommodation fees.

More than 600 students from the countries most badly hit – Indonesia, Thailand, South Korea and Malaysia – are currently at the University. Resource Centres are having to plan for a significant drop in numbers.

The states affected by the financial crisis are among the most important for the HE sector in the UK, and the University has acknowledged the major contribution made by international students to the academic and cultural life of the University.

A task force chaired by Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Tony Chapman is developing further proposals to deal with the effects of the crisis, including measures to protect our traditional markets and develop others. Students from the region contribute some £4.8 million to the University in fees annually.

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