In the light of the recent tuition fees furore (here and here), this is an interesting development:
The cost of European students studying in Scotland has quadrupled in nearly a decade, with the Holyrood government having to pick up the bill.Ultimately, it's not just the Scottish taxpayer who is coughing up on this one but it is good to see Russell acknowledging the hard reality. It would have been nice to see him also acknowledge the present unfairness of a Scottish system towards students from the rest of the UK.... but if this EU anomaly is sorted out, then at least it will be a start.
A record number of EU students, 15,930, are now attending Scots institutions, costing the taxpayer £75m a year.
Education Secretary Mike Russell is seeking an end to what is seen as a cheap option for Europeans who would have to pay for education at home.
He said the funding loophole was "no longer tenable".
The latest figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency show that, between 2008-09 and 2009-10, the number of EU students increased by 17%, from 13,585 to 15,930.