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Scotland news article Guardian

Scottish ministers claim that thousands of European students are exploiting Scotland's free university system to avoid paying escalating fees in their home countries.

The latest admissions figures show the number of students from other EU countries taking up places at Scottish universities has nearly doubled in a decade to almost 16,000 last year, at a cost of nearly £75m.

Mike Russell, the Scottish education minister, said the figures showed that European students were becoming an increasingly significant drain on the university sector at a time of deepening cuts in public spending.

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This comment seemed to be quite pertinent

of course if the English or Scots bothered to learn another language they could take advantage of cheaper options at many excellent universities in Europe.

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There are only a certain number of places. They all need somewhere to stay. And many that come from these shores also move out from home when at Uni too. Don't think this 'influx' is going to make a huge difference to landlords - considering the total number of students we are talking about here.

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I live in Aberdeen.

The 2 Universities make a great business out of fee-paying students from Nigeria, Kazakhstan, China and India.

Sadly, their career prospects are quite poor afterwards - too many degrees and not enough jobs. Or a mismatch of resources.

Still, these kids pay £10k or so to study each year.

I haven't noticed too many EU students to be honest.

In any case, it's London that pays for the Unis eventually - and the good old BTL landlord benefits from them living there. :)

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Which makes it all the more obscene that Scotland provides free tuition to Europeans of every nationality except England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Isn't that rascist? laugh.gif

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Which makes it all the more obscene that Scotland provides free tuition to Europeans of every nationality except England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Somebody call the waaaah-mbulance!

Scotland's education policy is a devolved issue, funded by our own government.

Maybe if your universities weren't so shite they wouldn't be in such a financial mess? Bunch of red brick degree mills and plastic polytechnics, the lot of them.

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This comment seemed to be quite pertinent

of course if the English or Scots bothered to learn another language they could take advantage of cheaper options at many excellent universities in Europe.

Ahhh, delightful joined up British government policy. Kids don't learn a modern foreign language, because it no longer is one of the three core subject including English and Maths.

Zanu PF in their infinite joined-upness substituted MFL for ".I.T." . I had to laugh at this. :D:D.

Any bright kids with a knowledge of German might like to go to one of the states offering Uni education for *free*. Other states in the BRD charge 1K€.

If I were 16 again, I'd sidestep the Anglo/Jock sideshow and get 'A' level German pronto.

I put this comment into a previous Grauniad CiF, and got 400 or so recommendations for it.

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Scotland's education policy is a devolved issue, funded by our own government.

Firstly, the cost of Scottish public services are nowhere near funded by your own 'government' (translation: taxpayers): like those of Wales and NI, they are heavily subsidised by taxpayers located mainly in the south-east of England. Secondly, the fact that Scottish education policy is a devolved issue doesn't make that policy immune from criticism. Can you please justify why you offer free higher education to students from Lithuania and Greece, but not to those from another region of your own country? It also makes a mockery of the Scottish Nationalists' desire to become an independent member state of the EU, when they hide behind the devolution settlement as a means of evading the EU's fundamental principle of unrestricted movement within EU countries, e.g. that every citizen of an EU member state should be able to live, work and use public services in any other on the same terms as the natives. Paradoxically, if Scotland did actually leave the UK, it would probably be forced to take students from the remaining components of the UK on the same terms as it did from the rest of the EU.

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Somebody call the waaaah-mbulance!

Scotland's education policy is a devolved issue, funded by our own government.

Maybe if your universities weren't so shite they wouldn't be in such a financial mess? Bunch of red brick degree mills and plastic polytechnics, the lot of them.

http://www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings/world-university-rankings/2010

Yep the English Unis are so shite there are two in the top 5 in the world rankings including the best Uni in the world and there are 4 in the top 10.

Whereas 22 is the best scottish uni. But seeing as I do not go in for juevenile nation baiting this is a good result, a better position that France, German or Holland could produce. Just shite compared to England.

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Firstly, the cost of Scottish public services are nowhere near funded by your own 'government' (translation: taxpayers): like those of Wales and NI, they are heavily subsidised by taxpayers located mainly in the south-east of England. Secondly, the fact that Scottish education policy is a devolved issue doesn't make that policy immune from criticism. Can you please justify why you offer free higher education to students from Lithuania and Greece, but not to those from another region of your own country? It also makes a mockery of the Scottish Nationalists' desire to become an independent member state of the EU, when they hide behind the devolution settlement as a means of evading the EU's fundamental principle of unrestricted movement within EU countries, e.g. that every citizen of an EU member state should be able to live, work and use public services in any other on the same terms as the natives. Paradoxically, if Scotland did actually leave the UK, it would probably be forced to take students from the remaining components of the UK on the same terms as it did from the rest of the EU.

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Somebody call the waaaah-mbulance!

Scotland's education policy is a devolved issue, funded by our own government.

Maybe if your universities weren't so shite they wouldn't be in such a financial mess? Bunch of red brick degree mills and plastic polytechnics, the lot of them.

You only have any funds left because that one eyed loon you sent us bailed out your shite thieving banks.

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