UK prime minister Boris Johnson has unveiled plans to transform how talented international students are able to build successful careers in the UK through a new immigration route.
International students make up half of all full-time post-graduate students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math subjects.
The new immigration route, announced on Wednesday, will mean international graduates in any subject, including STEM, will be able to stay in the UK for two years to find work, said the British High Commission in Dhaka.
Students will need to have successfully completed a degree from a trusted UK university or higher education provider which has a proven track record in upholding immigration checks and other rules on studying in the UK.
This will build on government action to help recruit and retain the best and brightest global talent. It will also open up opportunities for future breakthroughs in science, technology and research and other world-leading work that international talent brings to the UK.
One example of pioneering research and international collaboration in the UK is the world’s largest genetics project, the £200 million whole genome sequencing project of all volunteers in the UK Biobank.
The new project aims to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of serious and life-threatening illnesses.
The partnership of pharmaceutical firms and health experts from the UK and abroad will examine and sequence the genetic code of 500,000 volunteers at the UK Biobank.
This sits alongside the work by Genomics England in partnership with NHS England on the 100,000 Genomes Project.
Johnson said Britain has a proud history of putting itself at the heart of international collaboration and discovery.
‘Over 60 years ago, we saw the discovery of DNA in Cambridge by a team of international researchers and today we’re going even further. Now we’re bringing together experts from around the globe to work in the UK on the world’s largest genetics research project set to help us better treat life-threatening illnesses and ultimately save lives,’ he said.
The British PM said breakthroughs of this kind would not be possible without being open to the brightest and the best from across the globe to study and work in the UK.
‘That’s why we’re unveiling a new route for international students to unlock their potential and start their careers in the UK,’ he said.
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