The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has met with leaders of London’s higher education institutions (HEIs) to discuss how the capital’s world-leading universities can continue to thrive following the vote to leave the EU, and to reassure them that London is more open than ever to top international talent.

The meeting presented an opportunity for the Mayor and his team, including the statutory Deputy Mayor of London, Joanne McCartney AM, and his Deputy Mayor for Business, Rajesh Agrawal, to meet key leaders from across the sector, bringing them together to ensure that London’s top HEIs are able to continue to flourish and innovate, and that students from around the world still feel welcome here and regard London as a top place to study.

The Mayor also spoke about the opportunities open to London’s HEIs of the growing international student market, stating the importance of a supportive visa system which encourages international students to work in the UK post-graduation.

He pledged to push the Government to ensure that the concerns of HEIs are properly represented in the UK’s negotiations with the EU.