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British universities were already in crisis before the pandemic. Will they survive Covid-19?

International students have become integral to plugging higher education's funding gap. Many are from China—and they're not likely to return anytime soon

By Yuan Ren  

A general view of University College London. The college was created as a secular alternative to the religious universities of Oxford and Cambridge and was founded in 1826. It is one of the most prestigious universities in the world and the largest in London, with campus buildings and sites all across the metropolis.

Four weeks ago, my cousin fled the UK on a last-minute, one way ticket to China with a price so hiked up she refused to reveal what she paid. The seat had become available in the morning, and she was out of her University College London dorm by midday, leaving behind what she called “a dangerous Britain” with no…

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