Reporter 417, 23 March 1998

Relief package for crisis-hit students

Students from the crisis-hit economies of South-east Asia will benefit from a University scholarships and welfare package worth £240,000.

Leeds attracts one of the largest cohorts from south-east Asia of any higher education institution in Europe. More than 620 students from the region are currently studying at the University, mostly in engineering, business studies, education, medicine and law.

The new package will provide scholarships, bursaries, help towards tuition fee debts and living expenses for existing and new students from countries such as Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Korea and Thailand. This new funding is on top of University scholarships worth £800,000 a year which are currently provided to students from outside Europe. The fund was agreed at last week's University Council meeting.

David Baker, Head of the International Office, said: "We are confident we can enable every student to complete their studies this year, and we hope that the support package will provide a security net for the coming years."

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