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Urgent reform is needed if UK higher education is to remain sustainable in the global sector and maintain political support, a former UK Universities minister has warned.

Speaking at Westminster Higher Education Forum policy conference on the future for international students in the UK, Lord Jo Johnson urged the UK to introduce four steps that he says should be “proactively” embraced by the sector.

He suggested changes need to be made and concerns confronted “head on” or the sector risks seeing “weakened” political consensus in support of international student recruitment growth.

Among the amendments suggested included increased “collective action” to weed out poor quantity and fraudulent applications by the sector, while application fees for international students could result in higher enrolment conversion rates.

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