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International University Fair

here is an insatiable demand in Moscow for study abroad, and if it is possible, it is growing. That is the only conclusion to be reached after visiting the regular promotional fairs, organised by the British Council in the autumn, and by ICIEP last month. The latter overfilled a large hall at the Radisson Slavayanka Hotel at Kievskaya, and there was a busy throng of visitors throughout a long afternoon. There was a large range of universities represented, from, inter alia, Switzerland, The Netherlands, France and Canada. The busiest stands included The British Council’s ‘Education UK’ presentation, and Oxford Brookes, Cambridge’s Anglia Ruskin and Leeds Metropolitan Universities. Intense courses leading to a Bachelor’s degree in only three years is a clear attraction of the English universities.

Going abroad to study is not cheap. The determination and sacrifices that are needed testify to the esteem in which top universities are held, and was much in evidence. The market is changing, however, and more options are available. A number of institutions offer teaching for at least part of the programmes here in Moscow. The Universities of London, mostly economics and management, and Hertfordshire, specialising in the arts, allow full UK qualifications at local prices. A sign of the future, no doubt.

The next British Council fair is on 1-2 October, at the Ritz Carlton Hotel. RDH

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