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Report on Effects of Brexit on Foreign Enrollments

British universities stand to lose tuition income if students from European Union countries are required to pay higher fees in line with those paid by students from outside Europe, according to a new analysis released by the Higher Education Policy Institute, a U.K.-based think tank, and Kaplan International Pathways, an international student recruiting and services company. But those losses could potentially be offset by gains in students attributable to a weaker pound sterling.

A financial modeling report finds that fee harmonization and the elimination of loan subsidies for E.U. students under the terms of a Brexit could lead to a 57 percent reduction in E.U. students, resulting in a total net loss of 40 million pounds (about $48 million) in the first year. The report forecasts that the most prestigious universities stand to benefit financially from charging higher fees to E.U. students, while the majority of institutions will see losses.

At the same time, the analysis finds that a 10 percent depreciation of the pound sterling -- the value of which has fallen since the British vote in favor of exiting the European Union -- could lead to a 9 percent increase in international enrollments in the first year, an increase that equates to £227 million (about $274 million) in fee income.

"In aggregate, the combined effect of the currency depreciation (+£227 million), and the removal of E.U. undergraduate fee support and fee harmonization (-£40 million) was potentially positive -- amounting to £187 million [about $225 million] in students’ first year of study -- though there would be significant variation across institutions," the report states.

The analysis assumes that there are no caps on the number of international students or differential treatment of student visa holders according to the institution they attend -- the latter an idea proposed by the U.K. government as part of its push to drive down net immigration numbers. "The positive impact of the 10 percent depreciation of sterling assumes that an additional 20,000 students will be allowed to study in the United Kingdom," the report states. "However, given the current political environment, if it were decided that institutions could not benefit from this increased demand because of an international student number cap or as a result of tougher rules facing some institutions, then the £227 million potential gain that might be achieved by U.K. higher education institutions may not be realized or only realized in part."

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Danish Law Restricts Students From Taking Second Degree at Same Level

Denmark’s Parliament has passed a bill that restricts students who already have a university degree from pursuing a second degree program in a different field at the same or lower educational level, The Local reported. Supporters say the bill will save 300 million kroner -- about $42 million -- per year, but critics say it limits students’ educational choices and employment prospects. Nearly 80,000 people have signed a petition opposing the bill, which argues that “thousands of students will be stuck in an education in which they can’t see a future.”

Tuition is free for Danish students attending public universities, and students are entitled to monthly living grants or loans.

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Study looks at link between international enrollment increases and state appropriation declines

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Analysis finds that a 10 percent reduction in state appropriations is associated with a 12-17 percent increase in international undergraduate enrollment at public research universities.

Indictment in Alleged Diploma Mill Case

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York has charged an executive with the Pakistani company Axact in connection to an alleged diploma mill scheme. Umair Hamid has been charged with wire fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud and aggravated identity theft in connection with what the U.S. Attorney's Office press release describes as “a worldwide ‘diploma mill’ scheme that collected at least approximately $140 million from tens of thousands of consumers.”

Hamid served as assistant vice president of international relations for Axact, which was the subject of a May 2015 New York Times investigation into the company's alleged trade in selling fake academic degrees. The U.S. government alleges that after Pakistani law enforcement shut Axact down and prosecuted certain individuals associated with the company, Hamid resumed selling fake diplomas to American customers in exchange for up-front fees "based upon false and fraudulent representations." He also allegedly traveled to the U.S. to open a bank account used to collect money from customers.

Hamid was arrested Dec. 19 and appeared the next day in federal court in Fort Mitchell, Ky. His lawyer did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Obama to Rescind Rules for Dormant Immigrant Registry

The Obama administration is undoing the regulatory framework for a dormant registry program for visitors from countries with active terrorist groups -- acting before a Trump administration can revive it, The New York Times reported.

The program in question is the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System, or NSEERS, which was created after the Sept. 11 attacks and which at one point mandated special registration requirements for individuals coming from 25 countries, most of which had majority-Muslim populations and were located in Africa or the Middle East. A spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security, Neema Hakim, said in a statement quoted by the Times that the department “ceased use of NSEERS more than five years ago, after it was determined the program was redundant, inefficient and provided no increase in security.”

A member of Trump’s transition team and the Kansas secretary of state, Kris Kobach, had floated the possibility of restarting the registry. President-elect Donald J. Trump has called for increased screening of individuals coming from regions with "a history of exporting terrorism."

Nearly 200 civil rights and other organizations wrote a letter to President Obama in November calling on him to undo the regulatory framework for the NSEERS program, describing it as “ineffective as a counterterrorism tool” and a “discriminatory policy that ran counter to the fundamental American values of fairness and equal protection. Rescinding the regulatory framework of the program will ensure that our nation does not target communities based on national origin and faith in the future.”

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Spanish University Chief Accused of Plagiarism

The leader of a Spanish university has been accused of repeated plagiarism, the BBC reported. Fernando Suarez, the head of Madrid's King Juan Carlos University, has left his position on a commission of Spanish university chancellors as a result of the allegations. Suarez has said he is a victim of defamation and harassment.

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