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The Brexit effect on British universities

Drop in enrolments from Europe, potential loss of EU research funds among concerns

With just two months remaining before Britain is scheduled to leave the European Union, university leaders have warned that the uncertainty about the terms and conditions for this separation from Europe risks inflicting on Britain "an academic, cultural and scientific setback from which it would take decades to recover".

The warning comes as the latest statistics indicate a substantial drop in the number of EU students enrolling in British universities, threatening a major squeeze on the higher education sector ahead of Brexit, as the process of Britain's separation from the EU is popularly known.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 26, 2019, with the headline 'The Brexit effect on British universities'. Print Edition | Subscribe