The Scottish Affairs Committee visits Aberdeen University as part of its inquiry into post-study work schemes.
Monday 30 November 2015, Linklater Rooms, the University of Aberdeen
Panel 1: Further and Higher Education
- Professor Sir Ian Diamond, Universities Scotland
- Alan Mackay, UK Council for International Student Affairs
- Anne Cant, Colleges Scotland
Panel 2: Business and economy
- Gareth Williams, Head of Policy, Scottish Council for Development and Industry
- Howard McKenzie, International Vocational Education Consultant and Fellow, Institute of Directors
- Helen Martin, Assistant Secretary, Scottish Trades Union Congress
Panel 3: Scottish Government
- Humza Yousaf MSP, Minister for Europe and International Development, Scottish Government
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Committee chairman, Pete Wishart commented:
"As home to one of Scotland’s ancient universities and around 5,000 international students, as well as a key hub for the Oil and Gas industry, Aberdeen is the perfect place to begin our inquiry into post study work schemes. We are looking forward to hearing from a range of people who will help us understand the importance of international students to Scotland.
Humza Yousaf MSP, Minister for Europe and International Development, will be giving evidence on the Scottish government’s views and their discussions with the UK government. Representatives from education, business and trade unions will also be giving their point of view.
While we are in Aberdeen we will also be taking the time to meet international students themselves, so that we can understand why they have chosen to study in Scotland and what their hopes are for the future.
The evidence sessions are open to the public, so if you are an international student or if you have an interest in politics, please come along."