UK schools worry Obama win may affect international recruitment

November 6, 2008

Barack Obama's win of the US presidential election on Tuesday could affect British universities (and Canadian ones, as well) in recruiting foreign students. UK institutions have benefited from the negative perception of the US since 9/11 and the tightening of visa requirements thereafter. Obama's win would "without doubt" make the US a more attractive destination for education, and British schools would need to raise their services standards to compete for students. Britain's tougher rules on international students may also serve as a barrier in recruiting. The Guardian