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Coronavirus: Queen's University and Ulster University brace for £100m loss as they fight to keep foreign students

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Queen’s University is projecting a drop in total annual revenue for the forthcoming year in excess of £30m as they fight to keep their international students

Queen’s University is projecting a drop in total annual revenue for the forthcoming year in excess of £30m as they fight to keep their international students

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Funding: Robert Murtagh

Funding: Robert Murtagh

Queen’s University is projecting a drop in total annual revenue for the forthcoming year in excess of £30m as they fight to keep their international students

Northern Ireland's two universities have said maintaining their international student base will be one of the major challenges for the future as they brace themselves for a loss of up to £100m as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

It is believed foreign students are likely to be nervous about coming to the UK amid the crisis.

If Queen's University Belfast (QUB) and Ulster University (UU) cannot open as normal for the 2020 intake, another potential issue is that students may decide to defer their places until 2021 and take a gap year now instead.