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Who Will Host the 2018 and 2022 Football World Cups?

2 Dec

England won the World Cup last time they hosted it, in 1966.

It is decision day today for England and the other ten countries hoping to host the 2018 or 2022 football World Cups.

The English bid is up against Russia, as well as joint bids from Netherlands-Belgium, and Spain-Portugal to host the 2018 tournament. Meanwhile, for the 2022 World Cup, there are bids from Australia, the United States, Japan, South Korea and Qatar.

Today marks the end of years of preparation and expectation from all the countries involved, as the decision about both world cups will finally be made at about 3pm GMT in Zurich. Over the last two days the bidding nations have been making presentations to 22 FIFA (the world football association) officials who will all vote this afternoon.

To convince FIFA of England’s bid, Prime Minister David Cameron, heir to the British throne Prince William, and footballing superstar David Beckham have all flown out to Zurich. Together they helped make England’s presentation this morning, with an emotional Becks (Beckham’s affectionate nickname- he is a bit of a hero in England) particularly impressing the voters. However, it looks to be a very close battle between England, Russia and Spain-Portugal for the 2018 tournament, so only time will tell how successful they have been.

If you are from one of the bidding nations then we wish you good luck, though of course not enough luck to beat England!

Want to see quite how passionate the British are about sport? Check out our Guide to British Sport.

Prince William and Kate Middleton Announce their Engagement

17 Nov

Yesterday afternoon it was revealed that Prince William and long term girlfriend Kate Middleton are finally engaged after 8 years of courtship.

The Prince- second in line to the British throne– announced that he proposed whilst on holiday in Kenya in October, and that the wedding will be held in London in spring or summer next year.

The ring William proposed with was the engagement ring of his late mother- Princess Diana. He revealed that this was his way of “keeping her close to all the fun and excitement”.

The couple, now both 28, originally met at St. Andrews University in Scotland where they both studied. After becoming friends, romance began to blossom and they started dating after about a year of knowing each other. Ever since, there has been speculation of an engagement as they have grown closer together.

The British public were finally able to celebrate yesterday and a number of top figures joined in the congratulations to the couple. The Queen (William’s grandmother) said she was “absolutely delighted”, whilst David Cameron said the engagement marked “a great day for our country”.

And what of the bride to be who may one day be Queen of England? Well Kate admitted that marrying royalty is “daunting prospect but I hope to take it in my stride”. Very sensible.

To learn more about the royal family, read our Guide to British Culture.

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Foreign Student Fees To Remain Stable

16 Nov
The proposed increase in university tuition fees for home and EU students in the UK may end up benefitting international students. In the last few weeks, the government has revealed controversial plans to increase the standard fees for British students from £3,000 to £9,000 per year. However, a number of important figures have assured international students that their fees will not rise in the same way. In fact, it is quite the opposite. During his recent trip to China, Prime Minister David Cameron revealed that raising tuition fees for UK students will mean two things:

“It will make sure our universities are well funded …and we won’t go on increasing the fees for overseas students so fast. In the past we have been pushing up the fees on overseas students and using that as a way of keeping them down for domestic students.” “We have done the difficult thing. We have put up contributions for British students. Yes, foreign students will still pay a significant amount of money but we should now be able to keep that growth under control.”

David Willetts, UK minister for universities and science, echoed this sentiment to Indian students during his current visit to the Asian country. Similarly, according to the Times of India, Ritu Gupta, from the University of Leeds South Asia Office in New Delhi, believes that the fees increase will make UK universities more of a ‘level playing ground and Indian students will no longer have to compensate for the deficit caused by home students’.Here at the ForeignStudents Blog we will keep you up to date on all the latest news on UK tuition fees.

Student Tuition Fees Protest Turns Violent

11 Nov

Protests in London yesterday turned violent as students marched against the proposed increase of university tuition fees.

It all started peacefully when an estimated 50,000 students and lecturers arrived in the capital from all over the country on Wednesday morning. They converged on Westminster to demonstrate against tuition fees rising to £9,000 a year and against plans to cut higher education funding by 40%.

However, violence broke out when a small group began to gather around the Conservative Party headquarters, burning placards and banners. This then quickly escalated as protesters began to force their way into the Conservative headquarters, smashing through the large glass front before destroying anything they could inside the building.

The police were heavily outnumbered and failed to cope with the sudden outbreak of violence which resulted in 14 injuries and 35 arrests.

The violence has been roundly condemned by politicians and student leaders. National Union of Students (NUS) president Aaron Porter (who helped organize the original demonstration) criticised the actions of the violent few, saying:

“we’re now having to spend time talking about the rights and wrongs of violence and criminal damage, so actually in many respects I think it undermines our argument rather than allowing us to concentrate on the devastation to our universities and colleges.”

Similarly, Prime Minister David Cameron slammed the attacks, whilst saving praise for the “brave” police officers. He insisted that the protests would not cause him to abandon the plans for increased tuition fees, arguing that the reforms would create “a more progressive system than the one that it will replace”.

Image: Manfred Werner on Wiki Commons

‘Universities UK’ President Joins David Cameron in China

10 Nov


 

Relationships between British and Chinese universities are being strengthened this week as Professor Steve Smith- President of ‘Universities UK’, has joined senior figures from the UK government in Beijing.

Prime Minister David Cameron has spent the week in the Asian country with Vince Cable, George Osborne and Michael Gove among others, forging business relationships.

Steve Smith was full of praise for the growing relationship between the two countries, and particularly their higher education systems:

“There has been substantial progress in recent years in strengthening links between universities in the UK and China. Our research collaborations with China are increasing in number more quickly than with any other international partner. These partnerships are very important to the higher education sector in the UK…Education and research are central to our increasingly close relations.”

China already sends more students than any other country to come and study in the UK- with numbers reaching 47,000 in 2009- and judging by Steve Smith’s words, that number is going to continue increasing. Here at ForeignStudents.com we’re sure that it will continue to be to the mutual benefit of both countries, and to the students themselves.

Thinking of coming to the UK to study next year? Read our easy step-by-step guide to help you break it down into to simple, achievable stages.

Image: Francisco Diez on Flickr

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