18 Sep 2012

University confirms lift in international cap

10:14 am on 18 September 2012

The University of Otago has confirmed plans to lift a cap on international students to 15% of all students.

At present, the number is just below the university's self-imposed limit of 11.8% and forecast to rise further.

Tertiary Education Minister Steven Joyce has been putting pressure on the South Island university to lift the cap as high as 20% to help meet the Government's goal of doubling the economic value of international education by 2025.

A 15% cap gives Otago scope to take another 500 foreign students.

However, the university council is keeping a requirement that no more than a quarter of its international students come from any one country.